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10 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

I was introduced to tea tree oil years ago, in a dandruff shampoo.  It worked better than Head & Shoulders and it smelled good, too!  After that, I began using tea tree oil to treat break-outs and it dried those pesky zits right out!  I soon learned that there are tons of uses for tea tree oil, and not just for personal care.  

Tea tree oil (also called melaleuca oil) is a clear or yellowish essential oil taken from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, native to Australia.  The Bundjalung people of Eastern Australia use it to treat colds, and more recently, commercial tea tree oil became available in the 1970s and 1980s.  Now it's available all over the place, and it can be used in many ways, from cleaning your home or freshening your breath!

Here are some more ways that you can use tea tree oil:

1) Make a dishwashing detergent using tea tree oil and Castile soap.  

2) Make a household cleaner using water and tea tree oil in a spray bottle.  (2 teaspoons of tea tree oil for every 2 cups of water)  Add kosher salt to use as a scrub.  You can use this to remove mold (don't rinse it) from your bathtub and even in the grout in between your tiles.  

3) Add a few drops to your laundry to make everything smell good.  (Particularly useful for cloth diapers)

4) Add some tea tree oil to your bath when you have a cold and let it help clear out your sinuses.

5)  Use it as an anti-fungal for things like athlete's foot.

6) Put a drop in some water and use it as a mouthwash.  DON'T SWALLOW IT!  You can also gargle when you have a sore throat.   

7) Make your own baby wipes.  

8)  Put a little on an insect bite to relieve the itching.  

9)  Freshen the air in your home.  Dilute it with water and put it in a spray bottle, and spray around the house.  Who needs Lysol?

10)  Treat scratches and scrapes with just a little dab of tea tree oil.  

A few warnings about tea tree oil:  DON'T ingest it, and do not use if pregnant or nursing.