Tea tree oil, also known as Melaleuca alternifoliais, is an essential oil that has been around for quite a while but not until the past decade has its healing benefits been catching on like wildfire. The tea tree oil is extracted from a plant native to Australia and cannot be found naturally occurring elsewhere.
Tea tree oil should NEVER be ingested and is only to be used as a topical remedy.
What are the healing benefits of Tea Tree Oil?
Tea tree oil is a “jack of all trades” as far as remedies go. The easiest way to grasp the benefits is to think: skin issues + tea tree oil = healing (in most cases).
Tea tree oil is known for its topical antiseptic and anti-fungal treatment or infection-reducing benefits. It also has antibiotic properties and helps aid against aliments such as skin infections, rashes, burns, dandruff and much more. It should be noted that tea tree oil should not be used on babies younger than 6 months.
25 Uses for Tea Tree Oil
Helps heal and soothe sunburns.
Heals skin infections
Relieves itchiness from rashes as well as helps reduce rashes.
Can be used as an all-purpose cleaner: Fill a spray bottle with 1-2 tsp. of tea tree oil and the rest of the bottle with water.
Helps to prevent lice naturally; just add a few drops to your shampoo.
A few drops in your pets’ crates or beds keep the fleas away.
Removesticks; just add to skin, and the little stinker will usually unlatch.
Cures toenail fungusand Athlete’s foot.
Helpsremove skin tags.
Naturally cures bad breath. (Swish some tea tree oil and water in you mouth.)
Can be used in ahomemade toothpaste recipe.
Has been found as an effective treatment forwarts.
Soothes insect bites.
Treatspsoriasisand other skin conditions.
Relieves asthma or other breathing conditions when a few drops are added to a humidifier.
Works as as antiseptic on small cuts.
Keeps yourbathroom fresh.
Relieves earaches; mix 1 drop of tea tree oil with 1 tsp. olive oil, drop mixture into the ear and then remove by tilting head.
Freshen laundry: Add a few drops in your washing machine to scent your clothes. Also, if you forgot to put the clothes in the dryer, run again with tea tree oil to remove mildew. You can also scentwool dryer ballswith tea tree oil.
Can be used in severalhomemade kitchen cleaners.
Cleans mold: Mixapple cider vinegarand tea tree oil and scrub mold; place outside to sun-dry.