15 Incredible Things You Can Do With Tea Tree Oil
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The tea tree, or Melaleuca alternifolia, is native to Australia and produces one of the most popular essential oils, tea tree essential oil.
Captain James Cook and his sailors stumbled upon the tree in the 18th century, and discovered that the leaves of the tree — when brewed as a tea — could combat scurvy. The tree soon after became known as the “tea tree.”
Of course, the indigenous people of Australia, the Aborigines, were already aware of the tree’s healing powers and used the leaves of the tree to battle respiratory problems and to relieve headaches.
Tea tree essential oil has antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties. The aroma of the essential oil is fresh, pungent and medicinal, with sweeter, woody notes as it evaporates.
Let’s take a look at 15 uses for this incredible essential oil.
1. Fight viral infections and airborne germs
Since tea tree essential oil is antiviral and antibacterial, it is good for fighting germs that cause the flu and other sicknesses. There are several ways you can use the oil, including as a massage blend and in an air diffuser to purify the air.
Recipe for an antiviral massage blend:
4 drops tea tree essential oil
2 drops black pepper essential oil
4 drops bergamot essential oil
4 tsp of a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil
To boost your immune system and fight off illnesses, massage the blend onto your skin at least once per day.
2. Heal wounds
Tea tree essential oil is ideal for treating wounds and preventing an infection from setting in.
To treat wounds and insect bites:
Place 2 drops of tea tree essential oil on a cotton ball and swipe over the wound or insect bite.
It is OK to use tea tree essential oil, without a carrier oil, for treating wounds. But if you have sensitive skin, add a drop of a carrier oil to the tea tree oil before wiping the wound.
3. Disinfect surfaces in your home and car
Tea tree essential oil is a potent surface cleaner and germ killer. Simply spray and wipe a solution with tea tree essential oil over all surfaces of your home and car. Don’t forget about door knobs, cabinet knobs, light switches, remotes, computer keyboards, mouses, and kitchen and bathroom fixtures. Furthermore, using a cleaning solution with tea tree essential oil for wiping down the interior of your car can prevent the spread of illness-causing germs.
Germ-killing cleaning solution:
15 drops tea tree essential oil
15 drops lemon essential oil
4 oz. white vinegar
8 oz. distilled water
Mix in a spray bottle
4. Treat acne
Tea tree essential oil is considered one of the most effective, natural, acne treatments available. In fact, it can be as effective as peroxide for acne-prone skin, and does not have the harsh side-effects such as drying and peeling.
Homemade face blend for acne-prone skin:
4 drops tea tree essential oil
4 drops lemon essential oil
4 drops geranium essential oil
4 tsp jojoba carrier oil
Place several drops of the blend onto a cotton swab and wipe over your face with it in an upward motion. Allow the oils to absorb into your skin.
5. Remedy a dry scalp
Tea tree is beneficial for the health of your skin, and this includes the scalp. It can prevent dry, flaking skin, dandruff, and even can be used to treat lice.....More Here