START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good
START A PETITION
x

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.

Related Links:
9 Essential Oils with Huge Health Benefits
51 Fantastic Uses for Baking Soda
15 Brilliant Uses for Toothpaste

Read more: General Health, Hair Care, Health, Natural Remedies, Non-Toxic Cleaning, Surprising uses for ..., , , , , , , , , ,

By Mickey Z., Planet Green

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

519 comments

+ add your own
5:35PM PDT on Apr 4, 2015

Wonderful, I love tea tree oil.
Thanks Robyn.

5:03AM PDT on Apr 1, 2015

wow. Thanks.

7:14PM PST on Mar 5, 2015

thank you this Im going to try this right away

3:12PM PST on Jan 14, 2015

Thanks for the info

7:38AM PST on Jan 13, 2015

Tea tree oil is an extensively used natural remedy in many skin problems, beauty cares, and a variety of diseases. Learn more: http://www.healthdoyen.com/benefits-of-tea-tree-oil.html

12:45AM PST on Dec 28, 2014

Ty

12:44AM PST on Dec 28, 2014

Ty

11:29AM PDT on Sep 25, 2014

Thank you for the information.

7:01PM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

Thanks

1:05PM PDT on Aug 20, 2014

I never use tea tree oil undiluted; it's far too strong on its own. Maybe that's why it inflamed your skin so much. All my sons have severe Psoriasis, so I do understand how painful skin conditions are.

add your comment



Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

I have loved pomegranates since I was a kid. Trouble is I grew up in the 40's and 50's in Indiana, …

My kitties love belly rubs, it depends on the individual, some like it and some hate it.

I like peanut butter, but never thought it could make a list like this. References would be nice

It would be a shame if after extensive trials (perhaps human trials that, if there are health risks,…

Sounds too good to be true. Of course, the downside is that most chocolate bars have too many sugar…

CONTACT THE EDITORS



Select names from your address book   |   Help
   

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.