A little while ago, I decided to clear out the clutter to get the house, and my mind, back in shape and feeling great. I have to admit - I had a lot of fun! I rolled up my sleeves, prepped my spray bottles and went in cleaners blazing, ready for whatever the walls and floors were set to throw at me (yes, very literally).
My kiddos are at the age when everything goes in the mouth. So I definitely needed a little help. In times like these I always turn to my greatest go-to essential oil: Melaleuca - also known as Tea Tree.
It’s recognized for its wide variety of applications across the board. Plus, it’s useful as a stand-alone oil making it a very cost-effective!
So what do I use my tea tree oil for? The best way to answer that is to explain to you what it is, what it does and what affects it has. That way you can become a little creative and find your own applications down the line.
What is tea tree oil? What does it do?
Tea tree oil - or Melaleuca - is an essential oil that ranges from pale yellow to translucent in color. It comes from a plant indigenous to Australia called the Melaleuca Alternifolia plant. For centuries, Australian natives used tea tree as a topical antiseptic. We still use it for this purpose today. It is best known for its purifying qualities, which make it useful for cleansing the skin and home surfaces, purifying the air, or promoting healthy immune function.
When using topically on skin, be sure to test a small area of your skin with the oil first before using wide-spread applications. Certain skin types and very sensitive skin may possibly not do well with direct application of tea tree oil. If you know you have sensitive skin, try diluting the tea tree oil before using it directly on the affected area or omit the use of tea tree altogether.
I mix up a quick spray that you can use all over your home. The recipe is quite simple and you could really adapt it to your needs.
Tea-tree oil and water spray:
- 2 to 3 drops of tea-tree oil
- 1 cup of water.
And that’s it!
10 GREAT USES FOR TEA TREE OIL
1. Use for Skin Irritations
For occasional skin irritations, apply 1–2 drops of Melaleuca essential oil onto affected area or gently spray a little of the mix you’ve already prepared. Don’t rub it in, just let it settle. I love to keep these little spray bottles in my purse!
2. Nourish Your Scalp
Who knew Tea tree could have such a wonderful application?! Add a few drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo and massage into your scalp while washing your hair. It’ll nourish a dry scalp - especially great in wintertime! Want to make your shower feel like a spa? The smell of tea tree oil plus this super convenient dispenser and you'll be all set!
3. Boost Immune Function
Add 1–2 drops to water, citrus drinks, or veggie caps to support healthy immune system function. Always read the label and make sure there are "Supplement Facts" clearly visible on the label before ingesting.
4. Support Clear Skin
Tea tree is great for healthy and balanced skin. The proof is in the sheer amount of skincare ranges that make use of tea tree oil in their products. Take advantage of the oil’s benefits and add a drop to your face wash. For an intense therapy, use a drop directly on the affected area.
5. Keep Nails Healthy
Apply to fingernails and toenails after showering to purify and keeps nails looking healthy.
6. Keep Seasonal and Environmental Threats at Bay
Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use on surfaces to protect against environmental threats.
7. Keep Pet Areas Fresh
Spraying the tea tree mix regularly on your pets beds and around the litter boxes. It’s a great way of keeping insects at bay as tea tree oil is a natural insect repellent.
8. Keep Your Home Fresh
Tea tree is not only good for personal uses it’s great for household application too, making it an excellent choice for a natural, chemical-free alternative to dealing with household chores. Keep the spray handy in the kitchen and use it to wipe down your counters, baby chairs, toys, tv remotes and just about anything that gets touched extensively. Extend the use of the spray to your bathroom and even your car. Use it for your child’s car seat and the door handles. As an added bonus, make a second mixture of lavender and water and spray on your car seats for a lovely, fresh smell.
9. Boost Your Facial Cleanser or After Shave
Combine 1–2 drops with your facial cleanser for added cleansing properties, or apply to skin after shaving.
10. Use Instead of Synthetic Scents in Candles or Air Fresheners
Add 4-5 drops in an essential oil diffuser to help purify and freshen the air.
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