When do you use Tea Tree Oil?
Here are some great uses for tea tree oil.
Tea tree oil can be used as a preventative measure, but more impressively as a cure when it comes to those dreaded pimples. It serves as a natural alternative for over the counter products, and possesses unique disinfecting and soothing properties which won’t strip the skin of its natural oils. Dab it on – for a quick spot-reduction, pour a few drops onto a cotton bud or pad, and dab the affected area. Don’t rinse for at least a few hours, ideally leave overnight. The oil should easily penetrate into the sebaceous glands and unblock them, wiping out infection-causing bacteria and reducing redness and swelling. Slather it on – Add a few drops to a face mask, preferably clay, and slather it on. Ideally leave it for 20 minutes before rinsing. Pat face dry with a clean towel and apply a moisturizer. Make sure you’re moisturizing with a cream preferably designed for sensitive or acne-prone skin.
Keep things fresh and sanitary by adding a few drops to each laundry load. Preferably use an unscented detergent and no fabric softener. Say goodbye to that strong chemical odor of most detergents, and hello to all-natural cleanliness. Note how once you start using this method, your clothes, sheets and towels stay fresher for longer. Extra tip – Stay low-key on the detergent use and put your towels through a baking soda and white vinegar cycle once a month. The vinegar and baking soda work to remove detergent, microbe and odor build-up, improving fiber absorbency. The result is spa-quality fluffy towels that smell as fresh as a spring field! Simply add one cup of white vinegar to the load and run the wash through a hot cycle. When the cycle is done, add half a cup of baking soda and run the hot cycle again. Preferably dry in a tumble dryer to fluff up the fibers.
If you’re blocked up from a common cold, tea tree can be a great relief treatment! The antiseptic properties work to help fight the microbes while the anti-inflammatory qualities help reduce swelling of the membranes lining the respiratory passages. Vaporize it – If you have a vaporizer or oil burner, you can let it evaporate throughout the day, especially useful at night. Mix tea tree with lavender for a relaxing effect at night time. Steam it – Boil the kettle and pour yourself a hot mug of plain water. Place a few drops of tea tree essential oil into the mug and take deep, long breaths holding it up to your face. Steam works wonders to clear the sinuses, and is an effective method of reducing mucus build-up. A hot bath with tea tree oil is another way of getting that steam to relax the passages. Eucalyptus essential oil is another great alternative. Wear it – Place a few drops on your clothing, pillow case or a cloth and inhale it throughout the day. Reapply as often as required.
Most carpet cleaning products contain harmful ingredients that you wouldn’t want a baby crawling over, or a pet laying on. It’s just better for everyone if your fill your living space with natural alternatives rather than harsh chemicals. This cleaning method is not only cheaper and healthier, it actually keeps things fresher for longer without leaving that lingering synthetic fragrance we usually find after a deep cleaning. A homemade pet-safe and child-friendly cleaning agent can easily be concocted with an essential oil of your choice (or blend) and baking soda. Use this mixture to rid your living space of dust mites, creepy-crawly’s, bacteria, mold spores and odor Note – This is a very effective method of deep cleaning carpets, and needn’t be done more than once every 1 – 2 months. If you own pets, this is a great way of keeping the odor and microbes away from your upholstery, however, keep your pets out of the house or confined to one room while the powder sits. Bear in mind the powder does make your vacuum work harder, so don’t go overboard and maintain your machine as the instructions suggest.
- ½ cup Baking Soda, 35 drops of Tea Tree essential oil
- Add the desired amount of essential oil into a container of baking soda and shake well. Leave the mixture to sit overnight.
- When ready to clean, pepper all carpeted areas with your mixture and let it sit for at least 15 minutes before vacuuming.
Tea Tree Oil is also a great aid in treating nail fungus. Apply a couple times a day until fungus is gone.