7 fun and easy ways to use Tea Tree essential oil
Whether you’re an aromatherapy expert or an essential oil newbie, tea tree essential oil is one of the most diverse and easy-to-use oils out there. You will quickly learn to associate the fresh, herbaceous aroma with its uplifting and purifying abilities. With the power to disinfect, deodorize, reduce inflammation and more, tea tree oil can be used in endless ways to improve your appearance and your overall wellbeing.
How do I use it safely?
Please follow these important safety tips for using tea tree oil:
- Never take tea tree oil internally, it can be toxic if ingested.
- Do not apply tea tree oil to your skin undiluted (see quick recipes below).
- Keep out of reach of children. Do not use directly on small children or pets.
- Be sure your tea tree oil is 100% pure and natural, and derived from the Australian Melaleuca alternifolia, such as this one.
Here are a few quick recipes to have on hand:
Use tea tree oil as a spray
Add 10-15 drops of tea tree oil and 1 teaspoon of witch hazel for every container ounce, and fill to the top with water. For example – in a 4oz spray bottle you would add 40-60 drops of tea tree oil, 4 teaspoons of witch hazel, and water. Easy! Shake well before using, as natural ingredients will separate.
Use tea tree oil on skin and nails
Dilute with any carrier oil of your choice (such as olive, jojoba, almond or hemp seed). To get the most out of your tea tree oil, we recommend a dilution ratio of 2% (3-5 drops per ounce). You can store this blend in a plastic or glass bottle and place somewhere cool and dry, like your bathroom cabinet. If stored properly it can keep for up to two years.
Now, what do I use it for?
Here are 7 reasons why tea tree will quickly become a must-have in your medicine cabinet:
1 – Skin
Pretty much any skin complaint you might have can be reduced with the repeated use of tea tree oil, from acne, warts and skin tags to cuts, scrapes and fungal infections (such as ringworm or athlete’s foot). Be sure to only spot-treat your blemishes or other problem areas, and always dilute before applying!
2 – Hair and Nails
Add 3-5 drops per ounce of tea tree oil to your shampoo (or make your own!) to fight dandruff and promote a healthy scalp for strong, shiny hair. It has also been used to treat and prevent head lice. For nails, dilute a few drops of tea tree oil in a carrier oil and apply directly to fingernails and toenails to fight fungal infections and keep them from going yellow.
3 – In the Home
Tea tree oil is a powerful deodorant, so it is ideal for removing extra smelly odors like pet bedding and sports uniforms. Simply add 3-5 drops per ounce to your store-bought laundry detergent for an antibacterial, deodorizing boost. Or you can use your tea tree oil spray solution as an air purifier in your den or bathroom, to spray directly on mold, or as a surface cleaner for countertops, sinks and tubs.
4 – Health and Wellness
Not only can tea tree oil deodorize your home, but it works wonders as a natural deodorant for stinky shoes and armpits. You can also use your spray solution as a hand sanitizer to or to wipe down gym equipment and yoga mats. To ward of infections during cold and flu season, use tea tree oil in a diffuser in your home or office. You can also add a few drops to hot water as inhalation therapy for clearing up congestion.
5 – Other Fun Uses
Add 3-5 drops of tea tree oil to your shower floor for a fresh, invigorating experience that will cleanse your pores and open your sinuses. Use your spray solution as a bug repellent in your home around doorways and windows, spray on clothing before going outdoors, or spray lightly on your garden. Spray anywhere else in need of deodorizing such as trash cans, diaper bins, gym bags, or your vehicle. Your spray solution can also be used as a facial toner in the mornings and evenings, or as a facial mist during exercise to keep your pores from clogging with sweat.
6 – Blending
Tea tree oil smells bright and fresh on its own, but is easy to blend with other essential oils for a personalized synergy blend! Try with lemon, lavender, eucalyptus, citronella, clove or citrus oils. Blend thoughtfully and always refer to our recommended dilution ratio of 2% for skin applications (3-5 drops total per ounce), or for a spray solution use 10-15 drops total, plus 1 teaspoon of witch hazel per ounce.
7 – Bonus recipe
Try this blend for a DIY hand sanitizer: In a 2oz plastic spray bottle, add 10 drops lavender essential oil, 8 drops sweet orange essential oil, 12 drops tea tree essential oil, 2 teaspoons witch hazel, and fill to the top with water. Shake well, spray on hands and rub together!
Our product recommendation
This oil is extracted from Melaleuca alternifolia, is 100% pure and natural.
Tea Tree Oil 33ml
from: Healing Natural Oils