Tea tree oil, also known as Melaleuca oil is an essential oil that is extracted from the leaves of the Melaleuca Alternifolia. This oil has 92 different compounds and varies in color from pale yellow to clear.
Tea tree oil, derived mainly from the Australian native plant Melaleuca has been widely used throughout Australia for at least the past 100 years. And for over seven decades, it’s been reported in numerous medical studies to kill many strains of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. However, Melaleuca is best known for its purifying properties.
Tea tree oil uses are numerous: making homemade cleaning products, applying it topically to heal skin issues and can purify the skin and nails, diffusing it in the air to kill mold, and taking it internally to treat viral infections. Also, when taken internally, tea tree oil promotes healthy immune function.
Tea tree’s natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory actions make it an essential oil that should truly be part of everyone’s natural medicine cabinet.
Some of the uses for tea tree oil include healing:
- Bacterial infections
- Cold sores
- Congestion and respiratory tract infections
- Fungal infections (especially Candida, jock itch, athlete’s foot and toenail fungus)
- Halitosis (bad breath)
- Head lice
- Dry cuticles
- Itchy insect bites, sores, and sunburns
- Boils from staph infections
Household uses of tea tree oil that can replace store-bought products include:
- Anti-microbial laundry freshener
- Insect repellant
- Natural deodorant
- Removes foot odor
- Removes mold
- Household cleaner
How to use Tea tree oil
- Apply 1-2 drops of tea tree oil with a carrier oil (coconut oil, almond oil) to the irritated skin (for example after shaving).
- Adding 1-2 drops to your facial cleanser can help promote a clearer complexion.
- Apply to fingernails and toenails after a shower to keep nails looking healthy.
- Add a few drops of tea tree oil to water in a spray bottle to make a surface cleanser to protect against environmental threats.
- Make a homemade hand sanitizer. Just mix about 30 drops of tea tree oil with 10 drops of clove oil, lavender oil and 8 ounces of aloe Vera gel. You can mix everything together in a bowl and store in a container.
- Clean a toothbrush. To get rid of the bacteria on your toothbrush, rub a few drops of tea tree oil into your toothbrush at least once per week.
- Place 1 drop of tea tree into the palms of your cupped hands, bring hands just under your nose and inhale the oil vapors to promote the feeling of clearer breathing.
- Add 3-4 drops to you diffuser to purify a larger area.
- Dilute 1 drop of tea tree oil in 4 oz of liquid.
- Add 1 drop to water, citrus drink, warm tea or in a veggie cap with coconut or olive oil to support healthy immune function.
Note: Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.