As you know, I love my essential oils. They are useful for so many things, from cleaning to health to just making your home smell nice. One of my favorite oils is tea tree oil. It has lots of useful properties and has such a range of uses. Today I’m sharing a little about the oil and where it comes from, and what it can be used for.
A note: make sure to always use essential oils safely. Read about oil safety here.
What is Tea Tree Oil?
Tea tree oil comes from the leaves of the tree melaleuca alternifolia. It’s native to Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. Melaleuca alternifoliais is known as the tea tree. The oil is steam-distilled from the leaves.What is tea tree oil and why is it useful?Click To Tweet
Properties of Tea Tree Oil
So what are the properties of this multi functional oil? Here are just a few:
Ways to Use Tea Tree Oil
- Use to treat MRSA. Read more in this series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
- Add a couple of drops to your laundry to disinfect.
- Make your own disinfecting spray, found here. Bonus: it also kills mold.
- Use to control dandruff. Add to your shampoo, or try this one. It’s what we use and my husband’s dandruff is completely gone. It’s also made my hair thicker, and the healthiest it’s ever been.
- Treat acne. Make a gentle acne face wash by mixing five drops tea tree oil with two teaspoons of raw honey. Rub on your face, leave for one minute, then rinse off.
- Treat toenail fungus, athlete’s foot and ringworm. Put tea tree oil undiluted on the area with a clean q-tip. Tea tree oil can also treat and remove warts. Simply put the oil directly on the area for 30 days a couple of times daily.
- Use it to fight odor. Add to homemade deodorant, as well as sports gear and running shoes.
- Improve oral health. It kills bacteria and soothes inflamed skin. I add it my DIY toothpaste, found here.
- Treat wounds. Clean a cut first, then put on tea tree oil and cover with a bandage to fight infections.
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Tea tree oil is truly amazing for many purposes around the home. Pick up a bottle here, then let me know what you use tea tree for in the comments below. Then read about more essential oils and their uses: