In the world of homeopathy and aromatherapy, few essential oils are as versatile as tea tree oil. Tea tree oil, with its healing and medicinal properties, should be in every essential oil kit! A brief history lesson: tea tree oil is believed to have been used first by Aborigines in Australia, who used the leaves of the Melaleuca tree (which tea tree oil is derived from) to treat colds, coughs, wounds, rashes, etc.
How can you use tea tree oil in your home? Here are ten of my favorite ways to u tea tree oil:
- Air Freshener: Tea tree oil does a fabulous job at removing odors from the air. Put a few diluted drops into the top of a candle warmer, use it with incense sticks, dilute it in a spray bottle, place a few drops on a cotton ball and place in rooms, etc. My favorite place to use tea tree oil as an air freshener is in our cloth diaper wet bag! Just a few drops each time it’s washed helps keep the stinkies at bay!
- Coughs/Asthma: Dilute a few drops of tea tree oil in a vaporizer or a steam bath and breathe in. The antimicrobial properties will help fight off any infections and can ease breathing difficulties.
- Massage Oil/Dry Skin: With cold weather changes comes dry skin. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil in with your favorite carrier oil and massage into the skin for a rejuvenating fix!
- Mosquito/Flea Bites: While lavender is typically the go-to for relieving itchy bites, tea tree oil can do the same thing. Simply dab a drop of oil on the bite.
- Household Cleaning: If you have ventured into the world of making your own cleaning supplies, it’s super easy to incorporate tea tree oil here! Dilute a few drops into your mixtures – this will help to kill germs and fight unwanted bacteria.
- Laundry: Have some moldy, smelly towels? No problem! Use about 15 drops in a full load to help combat the smell.
- Rashes/Eczema: For soothing, healing relief from rashes and eczema, mix a few drops of tea tree oil with coconut oil and massage into the skin.
- Sunburn: Once again, lavender is usually the go-to here, but for an extra sunburn-fighting punch, add a few drops of tea tree oil with your lavender/coconut oil mix!
- Pest Control: Keep unwanted “friends” out of your home by using a few drops of undiluted tea tree oil at the entry points. Bugs don’t like the scent and will stay away. If ants in the kitchen are your problem, wipe your counters and cupboard shelves down with a tea tree oil/water mixture.
- Immune Booster: Any time you’re feeling the need to boost your immune system (cold/flu season, start of school, season change, etc.), diffuse tea tree oil in the house. You can also massage some tea tree oil with a carrier oil into the soles of your feet for good absorption into the bloodstream.
Need to stock up on tea tree oil now that you know just a few of its amazing benefits? Since tea tree oil is a pretty standard essential oil to have around, you should be able to find it in any natural health store and possibly even some organic grocery store sections. Healthy Planet sells Natural Factors Tea Tree Oil, on sale currently for less than $10 a bottle.
About the Author:
Leah McDermott is a former teacher turned stay-at-home mama and small business owner. She spends her days chasing a toddler, cooking, crafting, writing, caring for animals, gardening, and enjoying time with her husband and son on their small farm in rural PA. She blogs at Crunchy Farm Baby.