Tea Tree Oil ~ Medicine Cabinet in a Bottle

Posted by admin in Mar 05, 2012, under Alternative Health and Beauty

Tea Tree Oil comes from the Australian plant Melaleuca alternifolia (unique to Australia and native to Northern New South Wales). This amazing oil is usually clear to very pale golden in color and has a fresh, camphor-like scent. Kathi Keville of HowStuffWorks.com calls it a “medicine cabinet in a bottle” and says it is “effective against bacteria, fungi, and viruses and stimulates the immune system.”

Here are twenty great uses for this amazing oil:

For Health

1. Dab on pimples (for a more gentle treatment, cut ½ and ½ with vitamin E oil).
2. An anti-fungal for treating Athlete’s Foot, eczema, various yeast infections, etc.
3. An antiseptic to be used on cuts and burns.
4. An anti-viral: it may lessen the symptoms of colds and flu. Try using a few drops in the bath.
5. Add to a vaporizer to loosen chest congestion.
6. Add a small amount to shampoo to destroy head lice.
7. A small amount added to your bath can help with persistent body odor.
8. Treat sinus infection.
9. Use for dandruff and dry scalp.
10. As aromatherapy, tea tree oil is used to treat colds, persistent coughs, acne, toothaches, and sunburn.

For Cleaning

11. Create an all-purpose cleaner: combine 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil in 2 cups of water in a spray bottle.
12. Another version: 14 ounces of water,1 ounce of Murphy’s oil soap and 10 drops of tea tree oil.
13. Mix the above solution with kosher salt to scrub bathtub and bathroom tiles.
14. Add a few drops to dishwasher dispenser, then fill with a green dishwashing soap.
15. A few drops added to each load of laundry leave your clothes smelling cleaner.
16. Control mold with a tea tree oil/water spray.
17. Remove mustiness with that same tea tree oil/water spray.
18. Spray on high chairs, car seats, and other high traffic spots to kill germs.
19. 15 drops in a quart of water can be an effective insect repellent.
20. When hiking and camping, put directly on insect bites or blisters.

Never ingest Tea Tree oil.

Only buy Tea Tree oil in dark-colored glass bottles as exposure to light will reduce potency.

This article does not replace medical advice.

For more information, consider Australian Tea Tree Oil Handbook.

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2 Responses

  • Lia Fairchild

    Very interesting. Thanks. I wonder if they carry it in health food places like Henrys.

  • Mel Comley

    I used Tea Tree Oil products for years. Now I live in France I find it difficult to find.

    Thanks for the reminder to try and track some of these wonderful products down. ;-)