Written By Jennifer Biswas & Alison Elizabeth
Most of us have heard of or at least seen the essential oil known as Tea Tree oil, but how many of us actually know what this natural oil can really do to enhance our daily lives? Honestly, I've been using it for years and until recently I was definitely taking for granted Tea Tree oils many uses! In short, after I share with you how incredible this oil really is, you probably won't be able to live without it!!
First off, let's begin at the beginning. Tea Tree oil is made from the leaves of a tree called Melaleuca Alternifolia. Found naturally occurring only around the Australian coast, this tree and the healing powers of Tea Tree oil were originally discovered by the aborigine's thousands of years ago. The British that arrived at the end of the 18th century and slowly spread through Western culture adopted their uses of the oil to heal wounds, sores & different skin problems.
*Fun fact: British Captain James Cook coined the name "Tea Tree oil" when he sailed to Australia in the 1770s & brewed a batch that cured his whole crew of scurvy! This is seriously powerful stuff! *
Today there are more than 50 diverse uses for Tea Tree oil and people are finding more each day! For starters, as a natural antiseptic, Tea Tree oil can be used to prevent and treat many infections. You can use the oil to heal: Sunburns, small cuts, chapped lips, parasites, fungal infections, acne, athlete’s foot, insect bites, eczema and wait for it, yeast infections!!
When using the oil topically, you can either dilute it with water or use it at maximum strength. It can go directly on to your skin or be applied with a cotton ball or swab- it's that simple!
Tea Tree oil also comes in other forms such as lotions, cleansing pads, ointments and creams. Just don’t take it orally - I promise you will regret it! Otherwise, Tea tree oil is a 100% safe and natural way to heal most any skin aliment you or your loved ones may encounter.
But wait, we aren't done yet! It turns out there are ways Tea Tree oil can naturally heal your pets and your home as well!
Tea Tree oil & your pets: Diluted oil can be used in low concentrations on your pets wounds, just make sure they don't lick the area - remember, toxic if ingested! It can also be mixed with their shampoo and sprayed on their beds to help keep away fleas. Tea Tree oil is great for tick removal too.
As for the home, try some of these:
-Mix 2 cups of water with 2 teaspoons of Tea Tree oil to make a natural, antiseptic, all purpose cleaner.
-Combine the oil with apple cider vinegar to create a powerful mold and mildew buster.
-Add a couple of drops to your next load of laundry to leave your clean clothes and linens smelling extra fresh.
Do you know of any benefits or uses we missed? Want to share?? Please do!! Leave a comment and tell us about your favorite way to use Tea Tree oil below!
Thanks for reading!