Tea tree oil is one of the most well known and well researched of all of the essential oils.
Tea tree oil is derived from a tree called the Melaleuca Alternifolia. The Mel-A plant typically grows in Australia and its beneficial properties were discovered in the 1920s by an Australian chemist, although the Aboriginal tribes had been using it for generations.
If you are wondering how this awesome product can benefit you and your family, check out these 10 great uses for tea tree oil:
- Deodorizer. Do you have stinky diaper pail or garbage can in your house? Add a splash of tea tree oil (either on its own or mixed with baking powder) into the bottom of a new bag when you place it into the pail. It will help keep bacteria at bay and prevent the stink from overpowering the area.
- Household Cleaner. Tea Tree oil makes a great household cleaner when mixed with water and vinegar. Mix ½ cup white vinegar, ¼ cup water and 15-20 drops of Tea Tree Oil into a spray bottle and use this mixture to clean countertops and other surfaces. (Be sure to shake the mixture before spraying to combine the ingredients)
- Mildew Fighter. Tea Tree Oil is known to inhibit mildew production. Mix Tea Tree Oil with water (5 drops oil to 1 cup water) and spray the affected area. Let sit for 5-10 minutes and wipe clean.
- Deodorant. Yep, Tea Tree Oil can keep the stink out of your home and your armpits! There are many recipes out there for homemade deodorant using tea tree oil.
- Add it to Bath Oil. Do you use a bath oil for moisturizing? Add a couple of drops of Tea Tree Oil to your bath oil to help you freshen up and stay clean.
- Sanitize Your Toothbrush. If you are ever concerned about the bacteria in your toothbrush, a weekly rinse with 1 cup of water mixed with 5-10 drops of tea tree oil will prove to be effective in keeping it sanitized.
- Epsom Salt Soak. Do you have sore muscles? Add 5-10 drops of Tea Tree Oil to your Epsom Salt Bath to assist in relaxing you and easing your sore muscles.
- Freshen Up Your Washing Machine. Add 20 drops of Tea Tree Oil to your empty washing machine and run it through a hot water cycle. Your machine will smell fantastic later.
- Pest Repellant. Tea Tree Oil is known as a pest repellant, which is why many people use it to deter head lice. To repel household pests, place 25 drops into a spray bottle filled with water and spray around doors and window sills.
- Foot freshener. If you like to keep your feet smelling fresh and pretty, create a mixture of warm water, 20 drops Tea Tree Oil and 3 tablespoons of moisturizing oils, such as coconut or olive and soak your feet in this for 20 minutes.
Looking for ways to use Melaleuca Alternifolia? Here are some suggestions from the Young Living blog:
- Use a cotton swab to apply Melaleuca Alternifolia directly to the face.
- Add a drop to your shampoo to support a healthy-feeling scalp.
- If you forget to transfer your laundry to the dryer in a timely manner, run another washing cycle with a few drops of Melaleuca Alternifolia added to the water.
- Add a drop of Melaleuca Alternifolia to soften the skin around a splinter before removing it.
- Freshen and deodorize your rugs. Combine a few drops each of Melaleuca Alternifolia and Lavender with ¼ cup baking soda. Leave mixture overnight to let the oils absorb into the baking soda, and then sprinkle over rug and vacuum immediately. (As a bonus, your vacuum will smell fresher, too!)
- Diffuse Melaleuca Alternifolia to purify the air in your home or workspace.