Uses For Tea-Tree Oil

19 Smart Uses For Tea-Tree Essential Oil

Tea-tree essential oil is an antibacterial powerhouse, making it so useful around the house. Tea-tree, or melaleuca, oil has a slight camphor-like odor and is made from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, which is native to South East Queensland in Australia. You can find tea-tree oil at most health food stores for a few dollars per bottle, making it a smart investment — with so many uses!

  1. Clear skin: Because tea-tree oil is a natural antiseptic, you can get rid of acne fast by dabbing the oil directly on irritated skin.
  2. Kill head lice: Not a topic you want to discuss, but head lice happens. Mix one half cup of apple cider vinegar with one tablespoon tea-tree oil and rub it into clean hair. Leave on it the hair for 20 minutes then comb with a lice comb. And this natural treatment can be used as often as needed.
  3. Freshen laundry: If your laundry smells a bit musty, add 10 drops to your laundry detergent, and then wash as usual. The antibacterial oil helps freshen and remove lurking mold or mildew.
  4. Kill mold: Stop mold and mildew buildup with the help of a simple solution of tea-tree oil, vinegar, and water. It won't get rid of mold or mildew stains, but it will stop further growth! Just spray, and walk away.
  5. Stop bugs: DIY your own indoor or outdoor insect repellent that keeps bugs away.
  6. Naturally disinfect: If you have small kids or pets, using store-bought cleaners can leave lingering smells and harsh chemicals. DIY your own all-purpose cleaner with tea-tree essential oil that leaves things safely clean.
  7. Eliminate fleas: Add a few drops to your pet shampoo to kill fleas and prevent future outbreaks.
  8. Treat athlete's foot: If your toes are a bit itchy, rub tea-tree oil directly on your feet daily. Tea-tree oil is antibacterial and antifungal, making it a safe way to treat the outbreak.
  9. Treat nail fungus: OK, another not-so-fun topic, but if one of your nails has a bit of funk, treat it with a direct application of tea-tree oil until the nail is clear.
  10. No more dandruff: Get rid of flakes, and add 10 drops of tea-tree oil to your favorite shampoo. Along with leaving your scalp smelling fresh, no more flakes!
  11. Get rid of bruises: If you're sporting a bruise, gently rub a few drops of tea-tree oil mixed with olive oil over the area.
  12. Soothe stuffy noses: When you're congested, create a soothing steam by bringing four cups water to a boil and adding 10 drops of tea-tree oil. Drape yourself with a towel, and breathe in the steam.
  13. No more dry skin: Tired of dry, itchy skin? Add 10 drops of tea-tree oil to your favorite lotion, and shake or squish to distribute. The antibacterial qualities of the oil help soothe skin.
  14. Freshen moldy clothes: Forgot about your wash in the washing machine? If you have seriously moldy clothes, soak in one gallon hot water and two teaspoons of tea-tree oil for one hour. Wash as usual, and enjoy the fresh-smelling clothes.
  15. Soothe bites: If you happen to suffer from a bee, flea, or mosquito bite, dab the area with a drop of tea-tree oil for instant relief.
  16. Relax muscles: Tough day? Fill your bathtub, and add 10 drops of tea-tree oil for instant relaxation.
  17. Treat sunburn: Mix together one tablespoon of coconut oil and two to three drops of tea-tree oil for a soothing sunburn helper that can be massaged onto sunburned areas as often as needed.
  18. Remove ticks: If you happen to find a tick on yourself or your pet, drip a few drops directly on the little sucker, and it should release, making it easy to remove.
  19. Refresh carpets: If your rugs are a bit damp-smelling, mix together one cup of baking soda with 20 drops of tea-tree oil, and sprinkle over the carpet. Let sit for 20 minutes, then vacuum.
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