Essential oils are powerful tools, which offer a wide range of natural healing properties.
They can be used to treat a variety of conditions, ranging from cuts, burns and insect bites, to respiratory and digestive problems, as well as anxiety, insomnia and stress.
I’m not an aromatherapist, but I’m a big fan of natural medicine, and today I’d like to talk about one of the most-loved oils in my collection – Tea Tree Oil!
Tea Tree oil is made from the leaves of the Melaleuca Alternifolia, a tree native to Australia. It has long been known for it’s antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory effects – so let’s take a look at some of the ways that we can use it!
Tea Tree Oil has both antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, making it a wonderful natural ingredient to add to homemade deodorant!
You can make a simple, yet effective deodorant using the ingredients listed below.
Once made, it can be stored in a pot in the fridge (if you’d like to apply it as a solid) or stored at room temperature to be used as either a liquid or a solid (depending on the temperature of your house).
To use, gently rub it into your armpits in the morning and re-apply as necessary after bathing, swimming or exercise.
- 1/2 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
- 1/4 Cup Arrowroot Powder (or Cornstarch)
- 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
- 10 Drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
Healing Foot Soak
Tea Tree Oil is a powerful ingredient for adding to your foot bath!
It’s anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it ideal for treating fungal nail infections, as well as Athlete’s Foot. Tea Tree oil is also perfect for soothing blisters and sore feet!
For a soothing foot soak add the following (with warm water) to your foot bath:
Natural Acne Treatment
Tea Tree oil is an anti-inflammatory treatment, which has anti-microbial properties.
It can be used to kill harmful bacteria, reduce inflammation and may help to unblock sebaceous glands – Making it useful for treating acne-prone skin.
The following acne treatment can be made up, then poured into a sterilised spray bottle and spritzed onto the skin each night before bed.
Natural Antibacterial Cleaner
Tea Tree Oil can also be used to make a natural household cleaner!
This anti-bac cleaner can be used in the bathroom or kitchen to kill germs and cut through mould and grease, to leave your home sparkling clean!
To use, spray the cleaner onto the surface you’re working on, leave for a few minutes, then wipe (or scrub) away. Do not use on porous or delicate surfaces (such as polished wood).
- 2 Cups Warm Water
- 1/2 Cup White Vinegar
- 10 Drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
When you’re full up with a head cold (or even allergies) Tea Tree oil can be used to ease your sore throat, open up your airways and help to relieve sinus congestion.
To benefit most from it’s anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effects, you can add some Tea Tree Essential Oil to a bowl of hot water (or preferably a facial sauna) and breathe in the steam, inhaling deeply for 5-10 minutes.
- Add 5 Drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil to a facial sauna or a bowl of hot, steaming water.
This is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. Please note, this is not medical advice. Thank you!