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20 Great Uses for Tea Tree Oil

20 Great Uses for Tea Tree Oil

In 2006, the world consumed more than 3.5 billion gallons of oil per day. A lot of that oil has caused environmental damage and conflicts between nations. But there is one type of oil that’s green, sustainable, healthy, and–as far as I know–has never been the rationale behind a major military intervention: tea tree oil.

Tea tree oil, explains the UWA Tea Tree Oil Research Group, is the essential oil steam distilled from the Australian plant Melaleuca alternifolia (unique to Australia and native to Northern New South Wales). Tea tree oil is usually clear to very pale golden in color and it exudes a fresh, camphor-like scent.

Kathi Keville of HowStuffWorks.com says this oil is often called a “medicine cabinet in a bottle” and is “effective against bacteria, fungi, and viruses and stimulates the immune system.” Here are 20 ways to use this magical formula for health and for the home.

But first, two important notes, courtesy of Sheila Shaigany:
*Make sure it comes in a dark glass bottle with a dropper. This will prevent light from shining in and reducing the oil’s potency.
*Do NOT ingest it orally.
*Editor’s Note: This article does not replace medical advice.

20 Great Ways to Use Tea Tree Oil

For Health

1. Use a dab to treat acne.
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. Treating sinus infection.
9. For dandruff and dry scalp.
10. In the form of aromatherapy, tea tree oil is used to treat colds, persistent coughs, acne, toothaches, and sunburn.

For Cleaning

11. To create an all-purpose cleaner, combine 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil in 2 cups of water in a spray bottle.
12. Another version would be 14 ounces of water with 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. To keep germs at bay, spray it on high chairs, car seats, and other high traffic spots.
19. 15 drops in a quart of water can be an effective insect repellent.
20. Be sure to take some with you when hiking and camping to put directly on insect bites or blisters.

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11:33AM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

Used tea tree oil for years applying a dab as soon as I feel a spot is about to appear though it nips something awful! Wouldn't be without it - works everytime!

1:48PM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

I have to try it! Thank you.

4:26AM PDT on Jun 24, 2014


Wildwood TreesWaooow!! Nice blog, this will be greatly helpful.

4:26PM PDT on May 9, 2014

I can't remember ever using Tea Tree oil full strength. However, I'm always finding new uses for the product diluted. Has anyone got some type of arthritis remedy/help?

4:26PM PDT on May 9, 2014

I can't remember ever using Tea Tree oil full strength. However, I'm always finding new uses for the product diluted. Has anyone got some type of arthritis remedy/help?

8:34AM PDT on May 9, 2014

(comment continued from below...)
I wish I had known that before someone recommended I try it.

When I used tea tree oil on a small eczema outbreak on the back of my hand, the rash exploded. The itch was unbearable, bordering on searing pain. I had to wash the oil off with hot water and soap which broke open the rash, causing it to bleed and crust over. The next day, more itchy bumps had already formed around the perimeter of the fresh scab. This was one of the worst reactions to a topical remedy I have ever experienced and it took over a month to heal the back of my hand.

There are many more gentle oils which work far better for treating eczema.
Rose hip seed and coconut are two of the best.

If you insist on trying tea tree oil to treat eczema, please be certain to dilute the oil in a soothing base like aloe (make sure it is pure and not full of added chemicals.)

Finally, let me repeat: I am not knocking tea tree oil. I have found that it is great for use on skin not affected with eczema. I only want to warn others who have eczema so they don't go through what I went through.

8:30AM PDT on May 9, 2014

Let me begin by saying: I am not knocking tea tree oil.
This lengthy comment is meant to serve as a warning (one that should have been given as part of the initial post.)

*** *** ***
You said,
"2. An anti-fungal for treating Athlete’s Foot, eczema, various yeast infections, etc."

A couple of comments from someone who has experimented with many natural remedies for treating her own eczema:

First, eczema is not fungal.

Treating this condition as one would treat a fungal skin infection will make it worse.
I know this because when I was in my early 20s, a doctor misdiagnosed the eczema on my feet as a fungal infection. The anti-fungal remedy he gave me caused the already irritated skin to melt off of my feet, leaving them raw and bleeding. It was very painful.

So please do a little research before you publish something like "An anti-fungal for treating ...eczema ...etc." as you might give someone just enough of the wrong information to hurt themselves.

For the record, eczema is thought to be an over-reactive immune response to contact with allergens -- both internal and external -- though scientists in the field are still not 100% certain.

Second, tea tree oil may be effective for some, however it is a very harsh treatment. (from the Huff Post: "...dermatologists point out that the essential oil could be harsh on sensitive skin types -- Dr. Prystowsky adds "anyone with a tendency for eczema should proceed cautiously when using tea tree oil."")

11:00PM PDT on Apr 12, 2014

Another God-given cure-all from down under! Woohoooo!

7:42AM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

The hot steam works great for colds. Also love using it as a disinfectant spray for all around the house when someone is sick.

6:21AM PST on Feb 25, 2014

Thank you!!

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