Tea Tree Oil is one of my most favorite essential oils because it is great for so many things. I've already posted about how good it is on pimples. So, today I thought I'd share some more of the uses for this awesome plant extract.
Tea Tree Oil is antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic making it top-notch for many of these uses...
Cold Sores and Canker Sores - Dab directly on it.
Dandruff and Itchy Scalp - Add a few drops to your shampoo.
Scratchy Throat and Sniffles - Put a few drops in a cup of warm water and gargle.
For Sinus Infections or Congestion - Put a drop in the water when using a Netti Pot.
Skin issues ranging from bug bites to sunburns to cuts, scrapes and infections - Rub directly on skin or add to a salve and then apply to the skin.
Dental Hygiene - Add a couple drops to some water and swish around for breath freshening, killing remaining germs, and aiding the pain of an aching tooth.
Athlete's Foot - Add in a foot bath and soak those tootsies. Can also rub onto feet either directly or by adding to lotion or oil first.
Laundry - Add a few drops to a load that needs extra disinfecting power - like when illness has been running rampant in your house, for instance. This will also leave your clothes smelling fresher.
General Cleaning - Add a 5-10 drops to your all-purpose cleaner (or better yet, your homemade cleaner) for unbeatable disinfecting power.
Diaper Rash - Add 1-2 drops to an oil such as coconut oil and apply to baby's bottom.
Ringworm and Nail Fungus - Add a drop or two to infected area daily until the issue is gone.
Congestion - Add to a carrier oil and apply to chest. Or, add a few drops to a vaporizer and inhale the steam.
Control mold in the shower - Add 5-10 drops in a spray bottle with a 50/50 mix of water and vinegar. Spray after each shower to keep mold and mildew at bay. Can also spray on and leave for a few minutes as a pre-treatment before a heavy duty cleaning.
Insect Repellent - Add 15 drops to a quart of water.
Tea Tree Oil can also be added to aloe vera gel as an easy way to apply it to the skin.
As you can see, there are so many uses for Tea Tree Oil that a bottle is not going to go to waste. It is pretty inexpensive and can usually be found anywhere that sells essential oils. Mountain Rose Herbs sells 1/2 oz. for $5.25.
So, have you ever used Tea Tree Oil? What do you use it for? Am I missing anything? Feel free to leave a comment with your favorite uses if I have. :0)
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