Can You Remove a Callus With Tea Tree Oil?

A callus is caused by frequent skin friction and is a lump of dead skin cells. It occurs as a bump and is common on feet, hands and fingers. Although it is usually not painful, it can be unsightly and uncomfortable. Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial, offering a natural and inexpensive method for removing a callus. It can be found at health food stores and helps to avoid callus removers containing harsh chemicals.

Massage Method

Step 1

Combine 10 drops of tea tree oil with 1 teaspoon of olive or almond oil.

Step 2

Massage the oils onto the affected area. Continue massaging the area three times a day until the callus is soft.

Step 3

Remove the callus with tweezers when it becomes soft.

Step 4

Add three drops of tea tree oil to the area and cover it with a bandage until it is healed.

Soak Method

Step 1

Combine five drops of tea tree oil and ½ ounce of almond, olive or grapeseed oil in a small plastic basin. You can also choose to add five drops of tea tree oil to a plastic basin filled with warm water.

Step 2

Soak the affected area in the mixture twice a day, patting the area dry afterward.

Step 3

Remove the callus with tweezers when it becomes soft. Add three drops of tea tree oil to the area and cover it with a bandage.

Cover Method

Step 1

Rub the affected area with three drops of tea tree oil until it is clean.

Step 2

Mix 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel with ½ teaspoon of turmeric. Apply the mixture to the callus.

Step 3

Cover the area with a bandage at night and leave it on until morning. Repeat this process every night until the callus is healed.

Things You'll Need

  • 10 drops tea tree oil

  • 1 teaspoon olive or almond oil

  • Three drops tea tree oil

  • Five drops tea tree oil

  • Tweezers

  • Bandage

  • ½ ounce almond, olive or grapeseed oil

  • Plastic basin

  • Warm water

  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel

  • ½ teaspoon turmeric


See a doctor if your callus is red, hot, bleeding or cracking. These symptoms could indicate an infection.

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