9 Great Uses For Tea Tree Oil

I was introduced to tea tree oil (melaleuca alternifolia) about 15 years ago when I got fried at an amusement park and have kept a stash of it in my bathroom cupboard ever since. Known for its antiseptic and anti-fungal properties, tea tree oil is an indispensible essential oil that disinfects wounds and heals nearly all skin conditions.

Use tea tree oil for:

  • Sunburn. (Apply directly to burn. It takes the sting out and moisturizes without drying your skin so there is no itch. Heals quicker.)
  • Acne or pimples. (Dilute with water and apply as a rinse daily).
  • Insect bites. (Apply a small amount directly to each bite. Relieves the itch and increases healing time.)
  • Dandruff. (Add a small amount to shampoo.)
  • Boils. (Add ten drops of oil to a quart of warm water. Soak a clean cloth and apply to boil for 30 minutes at a time.)
  • Herpes. (Dab lightly on affected areas several time a day. Full strength or diluted.)
  • Athletes foot. (Add 20-30 drops of oil to a small tub of water and soak 2-3 times a day. Dry thoroughly then apply a small amount of tea tree oil to affected area.)
  • Flea bites on dogs. (Dilute about 1-2 capfuls in a spray bottle filled with water and apply to affected area.)
  • Cuts & burns. (Cleanse wound with straight or diluted oil.)

Can be purchased at Wal-Mart or most health food storesNote: Not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure.  For informational purposes only. For topical use only. Can cause rashes in sensitive individuals.


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  1. #1 by melodylowes on August 25, 2012 - 8:28 pm

    I clean with mine – never knew it was good for a burn! Thanks, Julie!

    • #2 by juliemomyer on August 25, 2012 - 10:47 pm

      Until recently I didn’t know you could clean with it! It is amazing for sunburns. Much better than aloe.

      • #3 by melodylowes on August 25, 2012 - 10:53 pm

        Good to know! 🙂

  2. #4 by Deanna on August 26, 2012 - 1:22 pm

    I was just going to suggest cleaning w/tea tree as well but someone beat me to it. 🙂 I especially use it when cleaning the toilet. (I’ve also used lemon or orange EO as well) I’ve also applied tea tree to the bottom of my son’s feet when he had a fever that had don’t on long enough. It worked very well. I’m not a doctor or suggesting it will work for everyone but that has been our experience.

    • #5 by juliemomyer on August 26, 2012 - 1:26 pm

      So many uses! I just learned about the cleaning aspect and didn’t know it would help fevers. Good to know! Thanks for sharing!

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