It's safe to say that we all have a love-hate relationship when it comes to monsoons. While we love the overall vibe that monsoons bring, we're not too fond of the icky insects that come with it, the bumper-to-bumper traffic jams, and of course, the fungal infections. The warm and humid monsoon weather serves as the perfect environment for bacteria and infection-causing fungi to thrive, and that's not ideal for us.

However, there is one magic ingredient that's here to take care of our monsoon infection-related woes. It's tea tree oil. Traditionally used as a topical antiseptic and anti-fungal treatment, tea tree oil helps with everything – from acne to infections all over the body. Essentially, the good chemicals in tea tree oil help kill bacteria and fungus and reduce skin reactions. Ready to combat fungal infections with a little tea tree oil? Here's all you need to know.


01. It helps soothe skin

It helps soothe skin

Inflamed skin with an allergic or fungal infection doesn't know what's about to hit it. Tea tree oil helps soothe the symptoms of major fungal infections and provides relief instantly. Best used as a body wash, we recommend you try the Love Beauty & Planet Daily Detox Body Wash with Tea Tree and Vetiver Aroma. A vegan product with no baddies, the body wash is perfect for detoxing and gently cleansing the skin with an earthy scent of vetiver and citrus. Plus, the tea tree oil used in the body wash is freshly harvested and finely pressed to ensure high quality, and you know that means — goodbye, fungal infections.


02. It controls oil and dandruff in hair

It controls oil and dandruff in hair

Two extremes on the same spectrum, it doesn't matter if the monsoons have made your scalp greasy to no end or if the season has completely dried out your hair, causing dandruff — tea tree oil has got your back. With a high success rate in getting rid of dandruff, greasiness and even itchiness effectively, you need to make the switch to tea tree oil-based hair care products RN. And if you feel like you're spoilt for choice, we're sorting out all your troubles. Opt for the Love Beauty & Planet Tea Tree and Vetiver Aroma Radical Refresher Shampoo and Conditioner. With ethically sourced vetiver and natural tea tree oil, the refreshing shampoo-conditioner duo is the dream team when it comes to fighting all your monsoon hair care woes. Thank us later!


03. You can use it as a mouthwash

You can use it as a mouthwash

Mouthwashes are a hotly debated topic – some people love them, and some people would rather go nowhere near them. But if you don't trust the chemicals present in mouthwash, here's some good news for you: tea tree oil fights germs that cause tooth decay and bad breath. Plus, it's been found to be more effective against plaque-causing bacteria than chlorhexidine, which is a common chemical in mouthwashes. Ready to try it? To make your own chemical-free mouthwash, simply add a drop of tea tree oil to warm water, mix it properly, and swish it around in your mouth.


04. It can get rid of nail fungus

It can get rid of nail fungus

While you don't exactly need to rush to the emergency room for nail fungus, it can be a sight that's... not exactly pretty, to say the least. And while medications to treat nail fungus are available, if you're someone who leans towards a more natural approach, you can use a few drops of tea tree oil alone or mix with coconut oil and apply to the affected area and get results soon enough.


05. It helps fight acne

It helps fight acne

When dreaded acne flares up and you've tried almost every remedy under the sun, tea tree oil has got your back. Use it in the form of a face wash like the Dermalogica Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash to get rid of all your acne woes. The breakout-fighting face wash contains salicylic acid that dives deep into the pores to clean dead skin cells and dirt that clog the pores. It contains eight botanicals, including tea tree oil, that soothe and calm irritated skin. So you can rest assured knowing that you can kiss acne goodbye.