10 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

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These 10 Easy Ways to Use Tea Tree Oil will improve the health and well-being of everyone—and everything—in your home! You don’t want to miss out on these simple life hacks!

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Tea tree has been used for centuries to treat common ailments and it seems like the uses for it are always growing!

It comes from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, which is a plant native to Australia. Sometimes it’s called Melaleuca oil.

It’s one of the most versatile essential oils and definitely worth always having on-hand.

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FAQs about Tea Tree Oil

What are the benefits of using tea tree oil?

Tea tree oil is commonly used to fight bacteria, viruses, and fungi in various ways on the body and throughout the home.

Is tea tree oil safe for children and pets?

Tea tree oil is generally considered safe for children and pets when used properly, such as diluting it when applying to skin. However, consult with a healthcare professional or veterinarian before using tea tree oil on children or pets.

Is tea tree oil safe for babies?

Tea tree oil is not recommended for use on babies, especially infants under 6 months old. It can be too strong and may cause skin irritation. Always speak to a pediatrician before using it on babies.

Where can I buy tea tree oil?

Tea tree oil can be purchased at health food stores, pharmacies, and online retailers, such as Young Living and doTERRA. It is important to choose a reputable brand to ensure the quality and purity of the oil.

What should I look for when buying tea tree oil?

Look for 100% pure essential oil that is stored in dark glass bottle (this protects it from light and air). Avoid products that have other ingredients and check for certifications or labels that indicate the oil has been tested for quality and purity.

10 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

  • Sore throat soother
  • Sinus infection and head cold fighter
  • Anti-bacterial treatment for cuts and scrapes
  • Natural mouthwash
  • Home deoderizer
  • Toothbrush or retainer cleaner
  • Sore muscle relief
  • Acne treatment
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Itchiness and skin irritation relief

Sore Throat Soother

Add a drop of tea tree oil to your salt water gargle for a sore throat. The salt will draw out some of the excess water in your sore mucous membranes which leads to discomfort, and then the tea tree oil can help with some of the inflammation as well as prevent infection.

Sinus Infection or Head Cold Fighter

Tea tree oil is a great anti-bacterial so when inhaled, it can help fight the painful pressure and congestion of a head cold or sinus infection.

Add a few drops of tea tree oil to a pot of boiling water, then carefully lean over the pot (be mindful of the hot pot and steam), cover your head and the pot with a towel, and breathe in the steam for about 10 minutes a couple of times a day.

You can also diffuse it in the air when someone in the house is sick to help germs from spreading.

Anti-bacterial Treatment for Cuts or Scrapes

Tea tree oil has great antimicrobial properties which help clean and protect against infection. Mix a drop of tea tree oil with a carrier oil (like coconut oil) and apply to a freshly-washed and dried cut.

Natural Mouthwash

Bad breath comes from an excess of unwanted bacteria in the mouth, so use tea tree oil to help fight off some of that bad bacteria. Mix a drop of the oil with a cup of warm water and swish it around in your mouth, making sure to gargle to get the back of the mouth, before spitting it out.

Home Deodorizer

Just like tea tree oil can be used to fight the bacteria that cause bad odor in your mouth, it can fight the bacteria that cause odors in other places, too.

Mix a few drops with some baking soda and sprinkle it in your trash can or diaper pail or put 10-15 drops in your washing machine and run it on a hot cycle to freshen things up.

You can also add a few drops to your wool dryer ball or a (clean) old t-shirt to give your laundry an extra clean smell.

Toothbrush or Retainer Cleaner

We all know warmth and moisture create a breeding ground for bacteria, which means your toothbrush and retainer are always at risk!

Every few days, mix 10 drops of tea tree oil with 1 cup of water and swish your toothbrush or retainer around in the mixture. Rinse with plain water and allow to dry before storing.

Sore Muscle Relief

If you’re suffering from sore or tight muscles, draw yourself a bath as you otherwise would, but before you add the Epsom salts, mix them with 10 drops of tea tree oil for added muscle relief.

Acne Treatment

Take advantage of tea tree oil’s microbial properties and terpenes to fight harmful bacteria and draw out oil and dirt that cause blockages in your pores.

Mix a drop or two of tea tree oil with coconut oil and apply with a cotton swab. Avoid contact with your eyes and use it once every two days.

All-Purpose Cleaner

If you’re trying to avoid the harmful chemicals found in so many household cleaners, tea tree oil is your friend!

Mix 20-25 drops of oil with ¼ cup water and ½ cup distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle. Shake it well and spray onto the surface and wipe clean.

The oil and water will separate naturally, so shake before each use. You can also use tea tree oil in these natural cleaners with Castile soap.

Itchiness and Skin Irritation Relief

Tea tree oil can help reduce the itchy and irritable effects of insect bites and other skin ailments such as dermatitis and psoriasis.

Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with coconut oil and apply directly to the affected area. Repeat as needed.

And as a bonus, you can even use it to create a natural insect repellent to prevent those itchy bites all together! Check out this easy recipe for a homemade repellent.

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Melissa Griffiths/Bless this Mess is not a medical expert. The information on this website has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease.

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  1. Lena says:

    This is a terrible article. its common knowledge that coconut oil causes acne, blocks pores and will cause breakouts

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  3. Amy says:

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