Tea tree oil has been used throughout history for many purposes. It comes from the plant named melaleuca alternifolia, which is native to Australia. It is popular even today because of its effective healing properties. Tea tree oil can be found in many different forms. It is sold in bottles as an essential oil and can also be found in a number of personal care products.
Aromatherapy is one of the most popular ways in which tea tree oil is used. Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils as a way to promote physical, mental and emotional well-being. In this practice you put a few drops of tea tree oil into your essential oil lamp and light the tea light underneath. As the oil warms up the vapors from the essential oil start to fill the room. With every breath you take you will inhale the soothing vapors. Inhaling the vapors of tea tree oil lifts depression and exhaustion, breaks up congestion, soothes a sore throat and minimizes symptoms of a cold or flu.
Another practice of aromatherapy is to apply the tea tree oil directly to your skin making sure always to use a carrier oil such as jojoba or sweet almond oil. This is because the essential oil is so concentrated that it may cause skin irritation if it’s not diluted. Use the oils to massage your temples, forehead, feet, or any other part of your body that feels good. If you’re really smart you’ll get someone else to massage you. You’ll experience emotional relaxation, increased circulation, and healing properties to your skin (not to mention a free massage).
Diluting the tea tree oil is not always necessary when using it on your skin. Some people still choose to dilute the oil maybe to soften the aroma a little or because they have extra sensitive skin. If you use too much of any essential oil it can be overpowering making you or others around you sick. Usually one to three drops should be enough if you’re using it for skin care, massage, or inhalation.
Tea tree oil is mostly used in aromatherapy because of its physical healing properties. These include the ability to help with acne, arthritis, athlete’s foot, burns, dry skin, oily skin, cuts, infections, cold sores, warts and boils. Tea tree in your shampoo will help to moisturize your hair and keep dandruff away (or clear it up).
Because it inhibits the growth of bacteria, some people use a mouthwash or toothpaste with tea tree oil. Keep in mind just a tiny bit of the oil is needed to get the desired effect. And never ingest tea tree oil because it can be very harmful, especially for children.
But wait, there is more to this miracle oil. There are still more uses for tea tree oil than those that already shared with you. Remember that tea tree oil is a disinfectant. Because of this, it’s great for using around the house. Add a few drops of oil to a spray bottle and use it as a natural air freshener. If you smoke, tea tree oil is great to use because it’ll take away the smell of it. Also try spraying it in your car to get rid of any foul odors.
Use it when you’re cleaning your kitchen or your bathroom instead of other harsh cleansers, which can contain toxic chemicals and carcinogens. If you’re fighting mold add some tea tree oil to a bucket of water and wipe away. Use it to clear mold from walls, floors, showers and anywhere else that it grows. Because they sometimes stay damp, bathroom towels may have a tendency to get moldy also. Use a few drops of tea tree oil when you wash them and it will get rid of the musty smell and the mold.
Tea tree oil has also been known for killing lice or clearing up cradle cap. As with any medications around children you have to be careful. Only a tiny bit is needed and make sure they don’t ingest any of it. But compared to some of the other remedies on the drug store shelf, tea tree oil is a much safer choice.
Are you ready to put tea tree oil to good use? It is an all around useful essential oil for everything from plaque to athlete’s foot. It’s definitely one that you should keep handy at your house. But just like with any other type of cleaning or disinfectant solution, always use it with care.