Tea Tree, also known as Melaleuca, is known for its antiseptic properties and the ability to heal skin complaints. Tea Tree essential oil is derived from an Australian native plant called Melaleuca Alternifolia. It’s used widely as many medical studies have proven it to kill viruses, strains of bacteria, and fungi.
Tea tree oil can be used in making homemade cleaning products, applying topically to the skin, diffusing into the air to kill mould, and into a spray to deter lice infections in the hair. A natural antiseptic and with anti-inflammatory actions this little oil should be a member of your medicine cabinet and pantry supplies. Always purchase 100% pure essential oils – meaning oil that is organic and therapeutic grade, and confirm the correct species name is listed on the bottle’s label – Melaleuca Alternifolia.
Diffusing tea tree oil by using an oil diffuser into your space or directly inhaling the oil by sniffing from the bottle or applying some to your skin and savouring the scent. Tea tree oil should always be diluted with a carrier oil like coconut oil in a 1:1 ratio before applying it directly to skin. Keep your Tea tree oil stored in dark, cool place in a glass container. Light, heat and exposure to air all affect the longevity of essential oils.
- Tea Tree Oil for The Skin
Try a gentle Tea tree oil acne face wash. Mix 5 drops organic tea tree essential oil with 2 teaspoons of raw honey. Simply rub on your face, leave on for one minute, then rinse off. To relieve skin inflammation – mix one teaspoon coconut oil, five drops of tea tree oil and five drops of lavender oil to make homemade tea tree oil eczema lotion or body soap. Tea tree oil mixed with lavender essential oil is the perfect ingredient in a homemade wound ointment. Make sure to clean a cut first with water and hydrogen peroxide then put on tea tree oil ointment and cover with a bandage.
- Tea Tree Oil for Head Lice
Tea tree oil has proven very beneficial for the health of your hair and scalp. Like coconut oil for hair, tea tree oil has the ability to soothe dry flaking skin, remove dandruff and even can be used for the treatment of lice. To make homemade tea tree oil shampoo, mix several drops of tea tree essential oil with aloe vera gel, coconut milk and other essential oils like lavender oil.
- Tea Tree Oil for Cleaning
With antimicrobial properties that can kill off bad bacteria, try this homemade a tea tree oil cleanser. Mix with 1 cup of water, 1/4 cup of vinegar, 15 drops Tea tree essential oil and 15 drops of lemon oil in a glass bottle to use on your counter tops, kitchen appliances, shower, toilet and sinks. Spray tea tree oil cleaner onto shower curtains, your washing machine or toilet will kill off mould and bacterial.