Tea Tree Oil: Basics & Uses

So, I must admit- until this past year I really didn’t know the depth to which essential oils can impact and improve our lives. Yea, I knew a few names. And sure, I’ve used a few products that have contained an essential oil or two- but I had no clue what I was missing out on until I started researching the TONS of oils that we carry at Bulk Apothecary. When you get to know all of the amazing things you can do and treat using just what comes from natures, you definitely start to question the need for the drawer full of store bought products and treatments cluttering up your home.

If you’re new to essential oils, start out like I did. Pick an oil and research all the ways you can use it and what all it does. Then pick another and do the same. You’ll be pretty knowledgeable on the basics of essential oils in no time!

Today I took the work out of it for you- here’s a simple, straight forward run down on Tea Tree Oil. Just the basics. It’s a good one to know.

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Per Wikipedia, Tea Tree Oil, (or Melaleuca Oil), is an essential oil that is taken from the leaves of the Melaleuca Alternifolia- a plant native to Southeast Queensland and the Northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia. Tea Tree Essential Oil is best known for its antimicrobial activities. It contains the compound Terpinen-4-ol which is thought to be the responsible for fighting all three categories of infectious organisms: bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Pretty amazing, right? It’s been used for centuries to combat and cure numerous ailments, and here are a few ways you can use it in your everyday life:

1. Acne ? Tea tree oil is a natural alternative for treating acne. Apply morning and night to affected area and do not rinse.

2. Nasal congestion ? Put a few drops of tea tree oil into the water of your humidifier, or boil a cup of water add a couple of drops of tea tree oil and inhale the vapors.

3. All purpose cleaner ? Pour 2 tsp tea tree oil into a spray top bottle and fill the remainder of the bottle with water. Use this as an all purpose cleaner that fights bacteria.

4. Headache ? Add a few drops of tea tree oil to a warm damp cloth hold the cloth over face to inhale the vapors. You can also use this with a steam facial method using a towel to create a tent over your head to hold the vapors in.

5. Lice Prevention ?Mix about 10 drops of tea tree oil into your regular shampoo and use regularly.

6. Skin tags ? Massage tea tree oil to the skin tag using a rubbing motion. Repeat the process several times a day until the tag falls off.

7. Insect repellent ? Tea tree oil is known to repel mosquitoes. In a spray bottle mix 2 ounces of tea tree oil and fill the rest of the bottle with water. Shake to mix prior to use.

8. Ticks ? Apply tea tree oil to the skin surrounding the tick to encourage the tick to release.

9. Itchy scalp ? Applying tea tree oil to the scalp will relieve itching.

10. Flea bites ? Apply tea tree oil directly onto bite to help ease pain and itching. Repeat as needed.

11. Mosquito Bites ? relieve itch by applying directly on to the mosquito bite. Repeat as needed.

12. Ingrown hairs ? Apply 1 to 2 drops to affected area every few hours until infection resolves.

13. Mold Killer ? Use approximately 2 teaspoons tea tree oil mixed with 2 cups water and apply directly to the mold. Let sit for 20 minutes and wipe away.

14. Wart remover ? Apply a couple of drops of oil directly onto wart both morning and night until the wart is gone.15. Dandruff ? Pour a little tea tree oil into your regular shampoo to help control dandruff.

16. Athletes Foot? Apply a coating of tea tree oil to the affected area 2 to 3 times a day. Continue the treatment for up to 2 weeks after the area has cleared to ensure that the fungus is completely gone.

17. Treat a cold sore ? Applying tea tree oil directly to a cold sore several times a day can help reduce the severity and the duration of the outbreak.

18. Antiseptic ? Apply directly to minor cuts and scrapes to help reduce the possibility of infection.

19. Joint and muscle pain ? Mix tea tree oil with an unscented lotion or cream, or try coconut oil and rub onto painful areas.

20. Nail fungus ? Paint tea tree oil on the affected nail 2 times a day for a minimum of 2 months. Resolution comes over time as the nail must grow out.

And there are many more…these are just a few of the more common uses. Pretty incredible!! Get yourself some Tea Tree Oil– you’re missing out

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