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Warning: You’re Losing Money By Not Using Tea Tree Essential Oil
With healthcare and household cleaning product costs so out of control, looking for simple ways to save and stretch our dollars has been a mission here at Southern Zoomer. Today’s blog post is about using Tea Tree Essential Oil to do just that. Here we go…
Tea tree oil has been proven effective in treating skin infections. Whether the cause of the infection is bacterial, fungal or viral – the oil works to heal it.
Although it provides strong pharmaceutical medication, tea tree oil doesn’t show dangerous side effects. This pale yellow or colorless oil smells quite similar to eucalyptus. Although it contains more than 100 compounds, so far only 79 have been specifically identified. Some of these compounds have been found nowhere else in nature.
The practice of using tea tree oil started in Australia, by the native aborigines to cure cuts, burns, boils and as an antiseptic for thousands of years. The oil is derived from the distillation of the leaves of the “Tea Tree” and is popularly known as “Medicine in a Bottle”.
Tea tree oil is efficacious in various dilutions in treating abrasions, minor cuts, acne, arthritis, asthma, athletes foot, nail fungus, bladder infections, bronchial congestion, minor burns, chapped lips, rash from chicken pox, dandruff, dry skin, earaches, eczema, head colds, lice, herpes lesions, warts, hives and shingles, plus more.
Tea tree oil may be diluted with olive oil, sweet almond oil, or coconut oil (all considered carrier oils) and rubbed onto an irritated or inflamed site as in the case of arthritis or gout. Added to bath water, it soothes the entire skin area. A few drops placed on a hot washcloth and held over the nose to breathe through alleviates symptoms of head colds, asthma, and bronchitis.
Many of us know the general uses of tea tree oil, which usually involves our skin – however, did you know that this magical oil is useful around the house?
Here is a list of some of the basic uses:
- General tea tree oil cleaning spray – Anything that needs disinfecting, cleaning, or balancing can benefit from tea tree oil.
- Household antiseptic spray – For tough areas like the bathroom and sink. Even use to clean the bottoms of shoes for an antibacterial purpose.
- Mold remover – The trick is to not wipe up or rinse. Let it sit and it will take care of any problems.
- Laundry detergent – Add a few drops to your detergent for mold-prone items like chunky sweaters and wool. Tea tree oil is a powerful mold fighter.
- Air freshener – To make your own essential oil gel air freshener.
- Treat wood – It will help to repel insects.
- Fights moths – Place a few TTO soaked cotton balls in a closet or wherever moths might be trying to eat your clothing.
- Make carpets smell better – Add a 1/2 cup of baking soda and about 20-40 drops of Pure Tea Tree Oil or any essential oil of your choice. Caution: if you have pets use another essential oil like Lavender or Peppermint Oils as Tea Tree can be toxic, especially with cats.
As you can see, Tea Tree Oil has a multitude of purposes that make this the ‘one-stop’ essential oil to have in your home.
Let us know how you are using Tea Tree Essential Oil in your household.