Tea Tree Oil: A Must Have!

by GettingFreedom on February 24, 2011

I’m always on the look out for new things to make my duties as Doctor Mom and Housekeeper a bit easier. Tea Tree Oil is one of those things that should be included in everyone’s arsenal.  Not only is it natural, it’s also cost effective, and can take the place of many things you currently have in your home.  In turn–reducing waste, and returning those hard earned dollars back into your bank account!

Tea tree oil has a fresh, camphor-like scent which can come off strong. It is loaded with anti-microbial properties that are effective fighting a number of viruses and bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli, and candida {think yeast infection}–among others.

A Small Bottle with Lots of Uses!

Everyday Uses for Tea Tree Oil

  • Cold sores, Canker sores and Acne– At the first onset, apply oil directly to the affected spot.  Use can also add a few drops to your facial wash.
  • Dental Hygiene and Mouthwash-Add a couple of drops to a glass of  water for a refreshing mouthwash. It can also be used to temporarily relive toothache pain. Make sure not to swallow, a little won’t hurt, but use caution.  Can also add one drop directly to toothbrush.
  • Cuts, Scrapes, Abrasions and Insect Bites- Rub a few drops of Tea Tree Oil directly on the wound.  Tea Tree Oil’s anti-microbial properties will aid in killing the germs.
  • Athlete’s foot – You can apply oil directly to the feet {if you are sensitive, add to a carrier oil such as olive oil}, or add into a foot bath and allow your feet to soak.  Continue treatment until affected area is gone.
  • Dandruff – Add a few drops to your shampoo.  This same approach works for killing head lice, as well.  For a “bad case” of head lice, apply directly to hair roots.
  • Dust mites-Add tea tree oil to a damp cloth and rub over your mattress to ward off dust mites and to keep the mattress fresh.
  • Congestion-Add to a vaporizer to loosen chest congestion.
  • All-Purpose Disinfecting Cleaner- In a spray bottle  combine 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil in 2 cups of water You can use this same solution to help kill mold and germs {perfect for using on kitchen counters and high chairs}.
  • Laundry-A few drops added to a load of laundry to disinfect and leave your clothes smelling cleaner.
  • Flea/Tick/Insect Repellant–I found this solution a few years back, and it’s still a favorite.  We not only use it on our dogs, but on our pant legs, shoes and socks in the summer months to keep the ticks at bay.  It’s also good for treating ear mites in dogs.
  • Diaper Rash – Apply 2-3 drops of oil mixed in your palm with a carrier oil such as coconut oil. Apply to affected area as you normally would.
  • Sinus & Bronchial Congestion - The vapors may be inhaled by adding five drops of the oil to a bowl of steaming hot water or to a vaporizor.
  • Sunburn-Combine one part Tea Tree Oil with ten parts of  coconut oil and spread freely over the affected areas. Relieves the pain, and prevents peeling.

******For sensitive skins/areas add more water until you reach the solution that works for you.  Never take essential oils internally and discontinue use if you develop a rash.  This information is for educational purposes only. For persistent problems see your physician. I am far from a doctor/veterinarian, although I play one in day to day life! ******

This post is part of Frugal Friday.

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