Tea Tree Oil is an essential oil with yellow pale color and pleasant smell, that is steam distilled from the leaves of the tea tree, native to Australia. It can be externally used to treat acne, wounds, dandruff, cold sores, bacterial infections, warts and fungal infections by majority of individuals without adverse effect, against mold, lice and insects as well and I will share with you some recipes where I am using Tea Tree Oil around the house. I’ve been using this oil in my greenhouse with amazing results against fleas, long before I started to study essential oils. Now, I benefit of its potential all around the house and I have a bottle of tea tree oil in every drawer. I’m using it to prepare solution to clean the bathroom, to deodorize the shoe section, to treat my dog pressure points, to clear my stuffy nose when cold and of course in my products. Of all of the properties claimed for TTO, its antimicrobial activity has received the most attention and science approves that tea tree oil has properties of odor eliminating, antibacterial and antiseptic action and there are no registered side effects for external use of TTO. Even thou there are no studies related, pregnant ladies should avoid Tea Tree Essential oil in the first trimester of pregnancy. Before using tea tree essential oil in any form or mixture on the skin, is good to make an allergenic test, (this test can be made for any product that comes applied on the skin) recommended for persons with sensitive skin especially: apply a small quantity of the cream inside of your wrist or elbow. Leave it overnight. If the next day you can’t see any redness, then is safe to use. Tea Tree Essential Oil can be poisonous when swallowed.
Use only high quality certified organic oils.
Mix one liquid teaspoon of coconut oil with one drop of tea tree oil and one drop of peppermint essential oil. Massage your temples and your neck for 2-3 minutes.
Mix one teaspoon of Nigella oil with one drop of tea tree oil and one drop of lavender essential oil and apply it on the affected skin. Leave it to act 5 minutes then wash it with warm look water. You can repeat it daily.
- Mouth wash
Mix one cup of warm water with 2 drops of tea tree oil and 2 drops of lemon essential oil. Make 2-3 gargles but try not to swallow any. This mix will kill any unwanted bacteria that make your breathe not so pleasant and also helps against bleeding gums.
Mix one teaspoon of honey with one drop of tea tree oil and one drop of oregano essential oil. Use it on the cut. This mix has great anti infectious properties and I am using it successfully on my dog pressure points.
- Toenail Fungus and Warts
Use undiluted tea tree oil twice a day to treat toenail fungus, warts or ringworm. Studies have shown that TTO vapors inhibit fungal growth. Use a cotton stick and try to apply only on the affected area.
- Stuffy nose (flu )
In one cup of boiled water pour 2-3 drops of tea tree essential oil and 2-3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Keep the cup close to your nose for five minutes.
You can also add a few drops in the air diffuser in your room in case of cold or flu.
- Sore muscles
Fill your bathtub with warm water. Add 2 tablespoons of Epsom Salt and 5 drops of tea Tree Essential oil. This will help to relax the muscles
- Cleaning solution
Use 2 ml of Tea Tree Oil in 100 ml of water. Shake the bottle well and you can use it to clean the kitchen. Ad 2 ml of lemongrass essential oil and you can clean the bathroom. This solution can be used on surfaces affected by mold as well.
- Clean the tooth brush
In 30 ml of warm water put 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil. Place the tooth brush in the water and leave it for 10 minutes. This will keep away bad bacteria.
- Solution against plant fleas
I am mixing 100 ml of water with 20 drops of tee tree essential oil. I shake the bottle very good and a spray on the plants. Not only is very effective with the fleas but also protects the plants against fungal infections. Avoid high temperatures when spraying the plants because tea tree oil can burn the leaves.
This are the recipes that I use. If you have other ways to use the tea tree oil, please let me know. I will be happy to try it!