There are so many uses for tea tree oil that make it pretty handy to have in your kit!
You can use tea tree oil to clean EVERYTHING. I put about 20 drops in a 4 oz. spray bottle and filled the rest with water (boil the water first to sterilize!). I use it on the counters, the high chair, the floor, the entire bathroom and on and on and on. It doesn't stain the carpet and it doesn't give me a headache (bleach, i'm looking at you with my grumpy face) and the smell makes you feel like you live in a rain forest. I've read that tea tree oil really fights mold like a champ too, but I haven't had the chance to investigate for myself… I suppose that's a good thing.
I already described how happy tea tree oil makes my skin. As I said, my skin can be really sensitive, especially when I travel or am under a lot of stress. I even get cystic acne once in a blue moon, and that's just the worst. Depending on how serious the situation is, I either mix a couple drops with my moisturizer or just apply it directly to the mess on my face. It never takes more than a day to start looking better. Amazing!
Besides the health benefits of killing harmful bacteria and viruses, tea tree oil is a good one to keep in the medicine cabinet. Here are some of tea tree oil's medicinal uses:
- For congestion: add tea tree oil to any moisturizer and rub it on your chest for a natural alternative to Vicks VapoRub. Alternatively, use tea tree oil in a vaporizer or in a bath.
- Cuts and scrapes: Rub tea tree oil or a TTO-water solution on cuts and scrapes to prevent infection.
- Ear infection: Put a drop or two of tea tree oil in the ear to fight the infection. If you're prone to ear infection, this can also be a preventative measure – yay!
- Yeast Infection: Adding 4 to 6 drops of TTO in a bath can be effective against vaginal yeast infections.
- Lice & Dandruff: Adding TTO to shampoo can cure dandruff and get rid of lice.
There are other uses as well – tea tree oil can also be used to treat bug bites, diaper rash, warts and ear mites in pets. There's no question about why it's come to be known as a “medicine chest in a bottle!”
While some essential oils are safe to be used in cooking, TTO is not one of them. It should never be added to teas or taken internally in any way.