My Favorite Essential Oil: Melaleuca (Tea Tree Oil)

 

Not a day goes by where I do not use this amazing oil. Melaleuca, or more commonly known as Tea Tree oil, is most well-known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it a very popular and easy to use essential oil. Below you will find 10 ways I use my tea tree oil on a regular basis.

Using Tea Tree Oil Safely

Although internal use is not recommended, there are many topical uses for this oil. If you have sensitive skin, it’s always safer to dilute essential oils in a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil. You should also test the oil on a small area of your skin before general use to make sure it does not cause you any irritation.

Uses

  1. Acne: 

    My number one use for this oil is treating acne. I use it as a spot treatment and it works wonderfully! Its antimicrobial content helps to kill bacteria, which prevents inflammation and acne. It has been shown in studies to be just as effective as benzoyl peroxide, which is used in most acne treatments. It is also way less damaging to your skin, so win-win!

  2. Hair Health:

    You can keep you hair and scalp healthy with the soothing effects of this oil. It increases blood flow which helps strengthen your hair and keep your follicles healthy. It’s also a great alternative to chemical laden dandruff shampoos that really do more damage than good. Tea tree helps to soothe dry skin, which is a major benefit if you suffer from dandruff or an itchy scalp. I like to do a tea tree oil treatment to my hair once a week. It is especially good to do in the winter when the air is super dry.

  3. Clean Air:

    A great way to combat the bugs going around in the winter time is to clean the air in your home. You can do this by putting tea tree in your diffuser. It will help to kill mold and bad bacteria in the air. Hopefully this will help you to stay healthy in the colder months. It’s also a great deodorizer and will neutralize bad smells in your home. I have an Aroma Soft Ultrasonic Diffuser that I’ve had for years and works amazing. It has constant or an intermittent setting which diffuses for around 8 hours, which is perfect while I’m at work.

  4. Household Cleaners:

    I like to make all of my own cleaning products. Store bought products can contain so many unnecessary harmful ingredients. It is comforting for me to know exactly what ingredients are in my products. Tea tree oil is essential for most products I make because of its antibacterial properties. It is great to be able to safely clean your home and know you are not breathing in any harmful chemicals. Here is the recipe I use for my everyday multi-purpose cleaner:

    • Multi-Purpose Cleaner:
      • 4 parts water
      • 1 part vinegar
      • 10-20 drops tea tree oil (depending on the size of the spray bottle).
      • Feel free to add any other nice smelling oil to cover up the vinegar if you are more sensitive to that smell.
  5. Prevent Infection:

    Use tea tree oil to prevent infection when you get a cut or a scrape. Applying oil directly to the area of concern will help reduce the bacteria. It is a perfect solution to safely and naturally clean any wound.

  6. Bug Bites:

    Summer is absolutely my favorite season, but I could do without all the pesky mosquitoes. Dilute tea tree oil with water in a small spray bottle and use as insect repellent. It is also great for soothing bug bites! Just apply directly on bite and you can be itch free!

  7. Overall Skin Care:

    Because of its antibacterial properties, this oil is wonderful for the overall health of your skin. Specifically, it can be used to get rid of skin tags, warts, cold sores and even ingrown hairs. Apply oil to the area of concern a couple of times a day until it is gone.

  8. Laundry:

    Add 10-15 drops of tea tree oil to your laundry with your detergent to get rid of musty smells. Mold and Mildew don’t stand a chance with this antibacterial oil.

  9. Asthma:

    Not only does diffusing tea tree eliminate odors, but it gives relief to asthma and other respiratory ailments. I like to diffuse Plant Therapy tea tree oil because they have a very thorough process when it comes to quality. I would only want to use the best quality of oils when using them topically or diffusing them.

  10. Sore Throat:

    Dilute 2 drops of tea tree oil and 2 drops of Oregano in 8 oz. of water. Gargle with this to kill bad bacteria in your mouth and throat.

What are your favorite uses for tea tree oil?! I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

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