There’s an abundance of tea tree oil uses available to us; just a few drops is chock full of beneficial, healing properties. Being one of the most widely used and popular essential oils, I’d like to highlight just a few examples of the amazing plant-power packed into every drop.
“Symptoms are not enemies to be destroyed, but sacred messengers who encourage us to take better care of ourselves.” — Jon Gabriel
Essential oils are pretty powerful; extracted from a plant source that contains great healing potential, these highly concentrated oils can yield specific benefits when used properly (the main categories of use being inhalation, topical, and internal).
Here’s a great beginner’s guide to getting started with essential oils.
Tea tree oil (extracted from the plant Melaleuca alternifolia) has been used for almost a century in Australia, praised for its antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory (among other notable) properties. It continues to be used as a natural remedy for a multitude of issues.There is oil in the house of the wise. — Proverbs 21:20 Click To Tweet
I’d like to mention here that Thrive Market is offering both new and existing members a free bottle of Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil with any order over $29, plus a 30-day trial. Theirs is crafted from high quality botanicals that are harvested and gently extracted using either steam distillation or cold expression; the result is a premium oil with the truest expression of the plant.
Tea tree essential oil can be used in a multitude of ways, and blends well with a variety of other essential oils for diffusing. Outside of medicinal use, tea tree is often used for aromatherapy and as a cleaning and housekeeping agent.
If you’re applying topically, it’s always best to dilute tea tree oil (with a carrier oil or water, for example), especially if it’s a recipe you’ve never tried before.
The simplest of all the tea tree oil uses is to rub together a few drops in the hands, and inhale deeply to invigorate and promote immunity.
Here are ten tea tree oil uses worth noting, coupled with 20 resourceful recipes that you can use around the house, keep in your medicine cabinet, and use often.
10 Healing Tea Tree Oil Uses
1. General House Cleaning
Adding a couple drops of tea tree oil to white vinegar and tap water alone can yield a powerful, environmentally friendly cleaning agent for the home. The general recipe can help combat mold build and clean surface mold, which makes it a especially great bathroom cleaner.
DIY multi-surface cleaner: Touting four ingredients and only taking 30 seconds to make, this is the kind of go-to natural cleaning agent that I’m talking about.
Peppermint toilet bombs: If the subject happens to be cleaning toilets, then this is a fun way to get the job done. Toss one of these homemade “bombs” in the toilet once a week, let it fizz, give it a good brush, and flush.
2. For hair and scalp.
Dandruff and scalp issues are no strangers to many people. Due to its anti-fungus and antibacterial properties, tea tree oil is a popular ingredient in natural shampoos and hair products. You can even just add a few drops to your current natural shampoo for extra healing power. It also supports a healthy environment for hair growth.
Tea tree and coconut oil massage: Sooth a dry, itchy scalp with this simple mixture of tea tree oil and coconut oil (which also boasts antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties).
Homemade herbal shampoo: Claimed by readers to be a successful natural shampoo for thick, coarse hair, this recipe features Castile soap, herb-infused water, a carrier oil, an essential oil (tea tree for dry scalp), and an optional natural preservative for a gentle cleansing solution.
3. Keep feet clean and smelling nice.
Taking into account its antibacterial and antifungal properties, tea tree oil is a common ingredient in recipes that aim to tackle foot odor. Here are two natural recipes featuring tea tree oil to keep your feet cool and your shoes fresh.
Cooling foot and shoe deodorizing powder: Bren shares the reasons why feet smell and a few all-natural recipes to keep the problem under control, including this inexpensive foot powder.
Tea tree and mint foot scrub: Using tea tree and peppermint essential oils, activated charcoal, and black lava salt, this refreshing scrub looks just as amazing as it sounds (and probably feels).Inhale your favorite oil, exhale your inner turmoil. Click To Tweet
4. Ease common skin care issues
There are countless skincare remedies harnessing the antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree oil, offering another option if harsh chemicals are something you’d like to avoid. Here are two simple solutions for two common skin ailments, acne and eczema.
Aloe vera plus tea tree oil for acne: this simple formula suits sensitive skin and uses only two ingredients. Bonus: the fore-mentioned linked article shares several more acne remedies featuring tea tree oil. Thrive Market also shares a few simple ways to beat breakouts with tea tree oil.
DIY homemade eczema cream: Containing the healing properties of shea butter, coconut oil, and lavender and tea tree essential oils, this cream is a soothing topical solution for irritated skin. For an in-depth look at treating eczema with essential oils, read this article (which includes a few simple blends as well).
5. Natural deodorant.
I’ve tried all sorts of natural deodorant (because the chemically-laden ones are just a little too scary for my sensitive skin). To honor my ever-evolving search for the perfect underarm products, here are a couple you might want to try.
Homemade natural deodorant that works! Hey, if it claims to work and it touts simple, healthy ingredients like coconut oil, arrowroot powder, and essential oils, my underarms are interested.
Homemade spray deodorant: Featuring lemongrass/lemon, lavender, and tea tree essential oils, this spray version is definitely worth a try.
6. Treating infections.
Exhibiting natural antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and overall cleansing properties, tea tree essential oil is a highly-praised natural remedy for all sorts of infections.
Treating ear infections: This article shares 4 methods for safely using tea tree essential oil to treat ear infections.
Treating a sinus infection: This article offers 5 methods for fighting the virus, bacteria, or fungus that’s causing a sinus infection or respiratory infection.Never underestimate the power of a good essential oil blend on a bad day. Click To Tweet
7. Oral health.
From the first recipe, which states it well so I’ll just state it here: “A powerful antiseptic, tea tree essential oil fights off bacteria, germs and microbes, cleanses the teeth and gums as well as keeps the mouth fresh.”
Mint tea tree mouthwash: Free of mysterious and harmful chemicals, this recipe is easy to make and contains only 5 ingredients (all useful and natural).
Whitening mouth wash: For another natural teeth-whitening method, this is a nice-smelling version that requires 5 accessible ingredient, a gentle shake, and a cool place to store.
8. Treating cold sores.
Cold sores are an extremely common issue, with most infections arising during childhood. Applying tea tree oil at the onset of an outbreak can stop the cold sore in its tracks by killing the virus.
3 ways to treat cold sores with tea tree oil: Dilute one drop of organic tea tree oil with one ounce of a carrier oil (examples: coconut, olive, or almond), soak a cotton ball and dab on cold sores. The fore-mentioned link shares the entire process and two more methods.
5 tea tree oil recipes for cold sores: This article shares recipes featuring other healing agents such as garlic, basil, and coconut oil alongside tea tree oil for enhanced healing.
9. Around-the-house freshener.
Keep things fresh without worrying about what you’re breathing in.
Antimicrobial laundry freshener: Add a few drops of tea tree oil onto a clean rag and use it as your own DIY laundry sheet—just toss it into the dryer and dry as normal. You can also scent wool dryer balls with tea tree oil.
Natural carpet freshener: Even if you’re not a fan of cleaning your house, recipes like this help to make the process more enjoyable.Oils are my love language. Click To Tweet
… because scent is such a powerful healing agent all on its own.
Rosemary and tea tree oil soap: I appreciate a little aromatherapy in the shower, so here’s a recipe that claims to not be overpowering and serves as a nice homemade gift.
Anti-mold blend: In a spray bottle or diffuser, use 5-10 drops of oil per one cup of water, as diffusing tea tree oil could aid in killing mold and other bad bacteria in your home. You can also experiment with blending this oil with citronella, lemongrass, and rosemary oils.
Don’t forget: You can get a free bottle of organic tea tree essential oil from Thrive Market this month!
Which are your favorite essential oils to use around the house, to solve common issues, or in your beauty/skincare routine?
Please share your favorite tea tree oil uses, recipes and blends, and any helpful information with me in the comments.
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Peace, love, and essential oils,