Tea tree oil has been used for literally thousands of years by Aborigines in the Australian subcontinent for almost everything.
In fact, its uses are so varied and widespread, as well as amazing for health and personal care, that some people actually call it the tree of life.
In addition to the many uses that you’re probably familiar with, including treating acne and other skin problems, recent research has suggested that it can also be used to treat a problem that so many of us face. Smelly feet.
So can you use tea tree oil for smelly feet, and are there any possible downsides?
What is tea tree oil?
Tea tree oil is made from the leaves of the tea tree plant, which is found almost exclusively in Australia, and occasionally in New Zealand. It’s used as a traditional remedy for almost everything,
It’s prized for its ability to heal and treat skin conditions and acts as a natural disinfectant and sterilizer.
But tea tree oil also has antifungal properties, which combined with the fact that it is a disinfectant makes it uniquely suited to treating smelly feet.
How to use tea tree oil on feet
If you’re wondering how to use tea tree oil for foot odor, then don’t worry. It’s simple.
Simply treat your feet after your bath or shower every day. Wash and dry your feet, then apply a few drops of 100% tea tree oil to your feet, and massage the oil into and around your whole foot.
Focus especially on the areas that damp can hide in, for example around the toes, but don’t overuse it, because tea tree oil has been known to cause skin irritation.
But why is it effective?
First, tea tree oil treats the causes of smelly feet.
In general, smelly feet are caused by two simple things. The first is sweat, combined with the second of naturally occurring foot bacteria and fungus. These two things work in concert, and one tends to feed into the other, which means when one starts to get out of hand, it can make the other far worse.
This happens because the bacteria and fungus that live on and around our feet feed on sweat, so if you let your feet get sweaty, then leave them, the naturally occurring bacteria multiply, causing the smell you hate.
But tea tree oil is an antibacterial agent, which means it cuts this issue off at the source. And because it will stay on your feet for a little while longer, it keeps your feet free of bacteria for longer.
You can also soak your feet in a tea tree bath.
Simply add several drops of tea tree to a lukewarm bowl of water, then soak your feet in it for fifteen to twenty minutes once a day.
Do this two or three times a week, or as needed. Don’t let the water get too hot, as that can actually make the issue worse. It’s also worth making sure that your feet are completely dry after finishing your foot soak because this is something else that can exacerbate the problem.
Tea tree oil for smelly shoes
Tea tree oil isn’t just good for your feet. It can also destroy the bacteria that cause your shoes to smell as well.
It’s as simple as adding a few drops of tea tree oil to your shoes once a week before you go to bed, then leave them in a well-ventilated area until morning. It is also best to replace shoes you wear on a regular basis.
Tea Tree Oil for Smelly Feet: Yes or No?
Whether you think it’s bacterial, caused by sweat or simply something else, tea tree oil is the answer. It can make a huge difference in as little as a few days and hits the problem right at its cause.
It’s a simple, cheap and effective treatment, that’s great for the skin and helps you heal. Even if you’ve never tried it before, it’s well worth doing. Head down to your local health store and grab yourself a bottle. It’s relatively inexpensive, and it lasts for ages. If it’s a serious case, you should contact your podiatrist next.
And once you do, make sure you come back here and let us know how it went!