Last week for Thankful Thursday, I proclaimed my love for bromelain. This week, I’m going to give thanks for another natural wonder: tea tree oil or melaleuca alternifolia oil. With insect/poison ivy season here, it’s a good time to share the many benefits of this wonderful essential oil. Continue reading to find out why!
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Tea tree oil can become a wonder in your medicine and cleaning cabinets. The bottle shown above goes a long way and it’s only $3.60 at Amazon. That will save you a ton of money versus having a million different ointments, creams, lotions, antibiotics, bleaches, cleaners, and disinfectants.
Here are the 5 ways tea tree oil has helped my family:
- Natural disinfectant: Tea tree oil is a natural anti-bacterial and anti-microbial. It has also been shown to kill MRSA and H1N1. Add 20-30 drops to 16 oz. of water in the provided bottle for a natural disinfectant and mold-killer. It’s nice to be able to disinfect without using caustic chemicals such as bleach.
- Bug bite relief: If anyone has had a tick bite before, you know they are very itchy. A dab of tea tree oil on the bite takes the itch right away. Works for mosquito, chigger, and spider bites, too. Because of it’s anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties, it can also keep a bug bite from getting infected. You can also remove a tick by putting tea tree oil right on the tick.
- Natural antiseptic: We put tea tree oil on our cuts and scrapes and after removing splinters to keep the wounds from becoming infected.
- Allergic reactions and anti-itch relief: We use lotions and ointments with tea tree oil in them to relieve itching from rashes and skin irritations. Tea tree oil lotion is also a great dry skin relief.
- Toothpaste: We use toothpaste with tea tree oil in it. The anti-bacterial properties help eliminate bad breath and germs in your mouth. I also recommend finding toothpaste without fluoride and sodium lauryl sulfate.
These are just the ways in which we use tea tree oil. There are many other uses for tea tree oil that I can’t personally vouch for including:
- Skin conditions such as acne, athlete’s foot, dandruff, psoriasis, and rosecea
- Corns, callouses, and plantar warts
- Lice prevention
- And, much, much, more!
Visit The Miracle of Tea Tree Oil: 80 Amazing Uses for Survival at Activist Post for a detailed listing with treatment recommendations. If you are interested in learning more about the line of tea tree-based products I used, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are you thankful for today? There is still time to join the 31 Days of Being Thankful Challenge! We should all be thankful for something every day!
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