We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Are the Benefits of a Tea Tree Oil Bath?

By Patti Kate
Updated May 21, 2024
Our promise to you
BeautyAnswered is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At BeautyAnswered, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

The benefits of a tea tree oil bath include easing skin irritations and rashes and treating painful, swollen joints. It may also be good for reducing inflammation and itching associated with certain skin conditions such as psoriasis. Many women also use these baths as effective vaginal yeast treatments. Adding a few drops of the oil to a bath may also be an effective treatment for bacterial skin infections.

Some experts claim that taking a tea tree oil bath several times a week may relieve stiff joints and inflammation associated with arthritis. Due to the high concentration level, only a few drops should be added to the bathwater. Alternately, a washcloth that has been dipped into a small amount of tea tree oil mixed with grape seed oil may be used to massage stiff, aching joints.

Adding a few drops of this oil to bathwater can also help relieve the discomfort of bladder infections according to some health experts. Tea tree oil contains a natural antiseptic and is often used for purification purposes. When released into a warm tub of bathwater, the microbial properties will be absorbed into the skin.

When suffering from fatigue or sluggishness due to toxins in the system, soaking in a tea tree oil bath may help purify the body. Some people believe that it draws out toxins from the bloodstream. Users often claim that such a bath has a revitalizing, yet relaxing, effect.

Children and adults suffering from mild forms of chicken pox may benefit from taking a warm bath with a few drops of the oil, which can soothe outbreaks of itchy and burning blisters. Patients should soak in the warm water for at least 10 to 15 minutes.

Individuals suffering from coughs due to colds or bronchitis may find relief from chest congestion by adding several drops of tea tree oil to bathwater and soaking for 15 minutes. The vapors from the essential oils may break up nasal congestion as well. It should be noted that, if fever is present, a medical professional should be consulted before using tea tree oils.

Individuals who suffer from occasional flare ups of gout may find that soaking in tea tree oil baths brings them relief. The essential oils are helpful for controlling painful swelling and redness. A mixture of tea tree and jojoba oil may be massaged directly into the affected area may be even more effective.

BeautyAnswered is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
By anon352968 — On Oct 27, 2013

I put it in my bath, a lot of it (30 drops). Initially I felt the sting of it, but after thirty minutes in a hot bath with tea tree oil, my body is more physically relaxed than it has been in months. My girlfriend brings some home every time she comes from Australia, and wow! What a difference. I do not recommend this much for everyone. I just love the long term muscle relaxation fix I get. Keep it out of your eyes. It stings like a mother.

By anon351817 — On Oct 17, 2013

I had an allergic reaction to tea tree oil after putting four drops in my bath water over a few days.

By umbra21 — On Mar 22, 2012

@pastnaga - I actually knew it was a good anti-fungal because I've used it to cure my aquarium of fungal infections. There's a couple of different kinds of tea tree oil medications you can get in the pet store, don't just try adding the pure oil yourself since it's very easy to get it wrong and kill all your fish.

It was after I realized what the main ingredient was in the mixture that I started adding tea tree oil to my own bath.

I don't actually have any problems that need fixing, but I like the smell and it seems to stop me from developing pimples which I would sometimes get before I started using it.

By pastanaga — On Mar 21, 2012

I'm usually quite skeptical of natural "cures" that people use, because often they aren't all that effective, and they fall over when subjected to scientific testing.

But, tea tree oil has been scientifically tested quite a bit. It was actually only used as an essential oil fairly recently, although the Aboriginal people of Australia have been using the tree leaves as a cure for various ailments for a long time, of course.

Tea tree oil has been shown to be useful against all kinds of things, including bacteria and even things like mites and fungus.

My sister uses it as an anti-fungal on her feet, since she swims a lot and is always picking up athlete's foot from the changing room floors.

She usually just puts a few drops into a foot bath and afterwards anoints her toes with some drops of the pure oil.

She tells me it clears up just as fast as if she uses medication and tea tree oil is cheaper.

By croydon — On Mar 20, 2012

You might want to make sure you aren't allergic to the tea tree essence or the carrier oil or anything else that you're adding to a bath, particularly if you already have skin irritation.

Once you get in it might not irritate you right away, but by the time it starts you've already been exposed for a while.

Just dab a bit of it on your skin 24 hours before using it in a bath and make sure it's not going to hurt you. Tea tree oil can be quite harsh on delicate skin if it's used undiluted, though, so you might also want to see if a diluted oil will also cause a rash.

You also have to be careful not to ever drink tea tree oil or liquids which have had tea tree oil added to them. It's basically poisonous.

That's why it shouldn't be used on pets. If they try to lick it off and ingest it, they could get very sick or die.

It's really effective you just have to be careful how you use it.

BeautyAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

BeautyAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.