Mouth Care: 4 Ways To Use Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is no stranger to many of our bathroom cabinets, thanks to its powerful antibacterial, antiseptic, and antifungal properties. Whether it’s a drop of oil applied to a wound or added to the bathwater, there are a myriad of ways to use tea tree oil in our daily lives. But while you may be used to seeing this multi-talented essential oil in skincare products and first aid boxes, did you know it is immensely beneficial for mouth care as well? Here are four ways to use tea tree oil in, on or around your mouth.


Incorporating tea tree oil into your toothpaste will help foster healthy teeth and gums, assist in controlling dental plaque and tartar and clean the teeth while freshening the mouth. Adding a drop of oil onto your toothpaste before brushing is recommended as a preventative measure for gum disease. If you are manually adding tea tree oil into your mouth care routine, it’s important to only add one drop before brushing and rinse your mouth thoroughly without swallowing. However, an easier solution is to use Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Toothpaste, which has been specially formulated with the recommended dosage of tea tree oil as well as being free from fluoride and sugar.


Whether you want to use tea tree oil as a preventative measure or to treat an existing ailment, it makes an excellent mouthwash ingredient. Add three drops of tea tree oil to a cup of warm water and use this solution as a mouthwash two to three times a day, always remembering to spit out the mixture without swallowing. This offers you a myriad of mouth care benefits, from tackling chronic bad breath and easing a sore throat to healing mouth ulcers and treating sore gums and toothache.

Claire from Bloemfontein says of her Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil, “It’s amazing. I have three bottles in my house, to open up baby’s sinuses, for cuts, to gargle with for sore throats… I cannot rave about it enough.”

Gum Treatment

Gingivitis is a common and mild form of gum disease that affects roughly 50% of the population (as measured in the USA) and is easy to treat if you show your mouth a little care. Add two to three drops of tea tree oil into one tablespoon of coconut oil or any other edible carrier oil. You can then swab this mixture directly onto all gums as a preventative measure, or target specific gums to treat inflammation or pain.

Cold Sore Ointment

The antiviral and anti-inflammatory benefits of tea tree oil make it an excellent ingredient to use in treating cold sores. As soon as you feel that tell-take tingle on your lips, place a drop of tea tree oil onto a cotton bud and dab the affected area three to five times a day.

This is how our Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil helps East Londoner, Monique, “I put this on everything, from cuts and scratches to spots or fever blisters, as it is one of the few essential oils that you can use undiluted and has great antibacterial properties.”

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