There are so many uses for tea tree oil that make it pretty handy to have in your kit!
Household Uses for Tea Tree Oil
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.
Cosmetic Uses for Tea Tree Oil
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!
Medicinal Uses for Tea Tree Oil
- 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!”
TTO should never be added to teas or taken internally in any way.