Tea Tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is an essential oil with a color that ranges from pale yellow to nearly colorless to clear. Tea tree oil has been used in traditional medicine because it’s proven to be beneficial in treating acne, nail fungus or athlete’s foot. Best known for its powerful antiseptic properties, tea tree essential oil is a great all-rounder to keep in your first aid kit, ready to use on wounds and sores. Studies show it is effective against a range of bacteria and fungi that sometimes lead to infection.
Before using any essential oils, begin by testing skin sensitivity on a small area of your skin. If this area of skin turns red or itchy you may be sensitive to this oil and may need to dilute it or not use it at all. Always make sure that you use a high quality, pharmaceutical grade essential oil from a reputable source. The last safety precaution I have for you is to consult your doctor if you are trying to use essential oils as an alternative to the medication you are currently prescribed. Do not use on pets, children under 6 months old, or if you are pregnant or nursing.
Using Tea Tree Oil For Beauty
Add a few drops to each application of shampoo to treat dandruff. A tea tree scalp massage can help to bring dandruff under control and it can also be used in a rinse to help combat greasy hair.
Disinfect Makeup Brushes
Add one or two drops to your cleanser and clean your brushes as usual.
Bad Breath/Mouth and Gum care
Add a drop or two to your mouthwash to treat bad breath, mouth ulcers and gum infections. After rinsing your mouth, wait fifteen minutes before eating or drinking anything.
Fights Body Odor
A natural deodorizer, tea tree oil can be added to baths, body sprays, or creams to combat body or foot odor. You can also use a cotton swab to apply to your underarms, before applying antiperspirant, to help combat body odor throughout the day.
Tea tree oil is a popular ingredient in skin remedies and can be used on blemishes with a chosen carrier oil as a nightly moisturiser and acne treatment. The oil can also be used as a preventive remedy, or you can use as immediate treatment.
To prevent ingrown hairs, wipe freshly shaved areas with tea tree oil or mix it with coconut oil or aloe vera gel for soothing, moisturizing, antiseptic aftercare.
Tea Tree Oil Uses For the Household
To create your own multi-purpose cleaner, mix tea tree oil with water and use to wipe down surfaces. Add peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus or lemon oil for different scents and additional benefits.
Mix tea tree oil with water and disinfect the areas of your home such as kitchen and bathroom surfaces, where bacterias are most prevalent.
Remove and Prevent Mildew
Mix tea tree oil with apple cider vinegar, soak a cotton ball in it, and place it in the rooms where you want to prevent mildew.
Add to your wash cycle when washing bathroom and kitchen towels and rugs to disinfect and kill bacterias and germs.
Wipe down all your kitchen cabinets and let dry to prevent moths from coming in close contact with your food.
Prevention of Moths
Prevent moths from eating clothing by storing with a couple of cotton balls soaked with oil. This is a more natural “mothball” solution for the home.
Tea Tree Oil Uses for Health
Tea tree oil has immune stimulating properties that help the body to prevent or fight off infection. A massage with a tea tree blend can aid recovery during convalescence.
Blend idea: Blend tea tree with clove, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, pine, rosemary or thyme essential oils for added benefits.
Fights Skin Infections
This oil acts as a barrier against bacteria, viruses and fungi. It can be added to an ointment to help treat athlete’s foot and ringworm or can be dabbed on cold sores, warts and verrucas. Make sure that the cold sores, warts and verrucas are unopened and have no broken skin surrounding them.
Heals Cuts, Scrapes and Bruises
Tea tree oil promotes the formation of scar tissue to aid healing.
Fights Cold and Flu Symptoms
This antiseptic is effective in warding off colds and flu. Once a cold has set in, a steam inhalation with the oil eases congestion and breathing.
Eases Discomfort from Urinary Tract Infections
Tea tree oil can help to fight cystitis, urinary tract infections, and other genital infections, including thrush, herpes, warts, pruritus and trichomonas.
Combats Mouth Ulcers
Adding a drop or two to your toothpaste will help treat your mouth ulcers. Again, just like placing tea tree oil into your mouth wash, you will need to wait fifteen minutes after brushing before you eat or drink anything.
Treating Athlete’s Foot
For tired, hot or athlete’s feet, add twenty drops of tea tree essential oil to a small basin of warm water and soak your feet for fifteen minutes. When you are finished, be sure to dry your feet thoroughly.
As you can see, tea tree oil has a wide variety of amazing benefits for you and your family. This is only a partial list of the benefits that it can have in the home, from being a part of your first aid kit, to your beauty routine or just general household care. Again, please read the safety precautions and be sure to keep an eye on yourself and anyone else using the oils for the first time, for any negative reactions.
If you are unsure about any essential oils or have any specific questions, please have a look at Dr Eric Z. Formally trained as a public health researcher and aromatherapist, Dr. Z. is the founder of the Essential Oils Revolution summits and Essential Oils for Abundant Living Masterclass that have helped more than 550,000 people across the globe use essential oils safely and effectively. It is important to seek out any information that you can find to ensure the safety of you and your family when beginning to use essential oils.
About The Author…
Anne is from Ireland where she is taking time off after school to focus on her mental health. She is also an assistant at Quiet Nonsense and runs her own blog www.foreverthewanderer.ie with topics including travel, mental health and so much more. Anne dreams of/ is working towards becoming a professional blogger.