What is it?
Tea tree oil is an essential oil made from the Melaleuca tree, native to Australia. It is antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal, a veritable power house plant. Today you can buy the pure essential oil as well as products prepared with the oil from soaps to toothpicks.
The list of benefits for tea tree oil is enormous and new uses are constantly being applied. For a comprehensive list of uses check the Further Reading section at the bottom of the article.
A rule of thumb for any topical mixture is 1 drop of tea tree oil for every ounce of liquid. The oil should not be swallowed.
1. Cold Sores
A couple of undiluted drops at onset twice a day can cut healing time in half.
2. Dry hair and skin
Some shampoos now come with tea tree oil already mixed in, but you can mix some in with your favorite shampoo. The same goes for moisturizers and massage oils for dry skin.
3. Ear infections
Mix a couple drops of tea tree oil with warm olive oil (test on your skin first! The ear canal is very tender, especially when infected.) and drop a small amount into the ear.
4. Head cold
Add a few drops of oil to hot water, drape a towel over the back of your head and inhale water vapors.
Massage oil mixed with tea tree oil can provide for an invigorating massage and help problem areas on the body.
Mix tea tree oil with vitamin E, almond or avocado oil and apply twice a day. The sooner you use it the better. Can relieve pain immediately.
7. All-purpose cleaner
Mix oil with water. To clean surfaces spray and wipe off. To disinfect spray and let sit for 10 minutes, then wipe off.
8. Insect Bites and poison ivy
Mix oil with baking soda until you get a paste consistency. Apply to affected areas.
9. Washing clothes
A couple of drops of oil added to laundry can help kill bacteria–especially useful to clean a sick person’s clothing or bedding.
10. Bad breath
Add a drop of oil to toothpaste. Some toothpastes come with tea tree oil in them.