Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil, comes from the leaves of the tea tree, which is native to the swampy southeast Australian coast. Tea tree oil has been prized for centuries because of its antimicrobial and antiviral properties.
However, unlike some other essential oils, tea tree oil can only be used topically.
These are our top 10 uses for tea tree oil:
- Relieve itchiness from a rash: Mix with fractionated coconut oil and massage over affected area.
- All-purpose cleaner : Place 1-2 tsp in a spray bottle of water. You can also use this same solution to keep the diaper pail and garbage can fresh.
- Place a few drops on your animal bedding to kill fleas.
- Help prevent lice: This is key if you have school-age children. Place a few drops in the shampoo bottle to help prevent lice. Use the same method to help with a dandruff problem.
- Place a drop on a wart to remove naturally. Do this morning and night until the wart starts fading. Allow to dry completely before putting on footwear.
- Help prevent and cure acne: Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with 20-40 drops of witch hazel and use as a toner 1-2 times a day. Be careful not to overuse as it can dry your skin out.
- Eliminate toenail fungus: Apply 1-2 drops of tea tree oil to the infected toenail for three months at bedtime.
- Ingrown Hairs: Place 1-2 drops directly to the area. Repeat up to every two hours until the infection has cleared.
- Sore throat: Mix 2 drops of oil with 1 cup of warm water and a pinch of sea salt. Gargle 2-3 times a day. The same solution can be used to help cure thrush. DO NOT SWALLOW!
- Bug bites : Place a few drops directly on the bug bite.
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