Tea Tree Oil is a Must for Every Home
Tea Tree Oil is one of those products that should be in every home’s medicine cabinet. If I were asked what product I would take with me on Survivor, it would be this product because its benefits are far reaching. Tea Tree Oil is extracted through the steam distillation of the twigs and leaves from the melaleuca tree, a plant that is native to Australia. The numerous health benefits of Tea Tree Oil are attributed to its properties as
an antimicrobial (slows or stops the spread of fungus), antibacterial (prevents the spread of bacteria), antiseptic (prevents the spread of germs), antiviral (stops the spread of viruses), and as an insecticide (destroys insects and larvae). The magical healing powers of this plant create an impressive list of uses, all of which are topical – it is not meant to be ingested. Some of the topical applications for Tea Tree Oil can be for dandruff, dry scalp and protection against head lice. Add a few drops to your everyday shampoo, wash in and rinse out. For lice, create a solution of Tea Tree Oil and coconut oil, and comb through hair with a wire comb. You can add a drop or two to your toothpaste or into your mouth wash to help destroy unwanted mouth bacteria. For candida on the skin and other stubborn rashes, you add Tea Tree Oil to Aloe Vera and apply to the rash a few times a day. Tea Tree Oil is the most recommended natural treatment for acne. It not only breaks down the bacteria that cause acne, but it can also prevent scaring and prevent further breakouts. For this reason, many acne products contain Tea Tree Oil, but you can also create your solution using witch hazel and Tea Tree Oil as an astringent and Aloe Vera and Tea Tree Oil to moisturize.
Consider Using Tea Tree Oil at Home
f you are keen on making your cleaning products, you are most likely using Tea Tree Oil as part of your mix, but you can also increase the effectiveness of what you are using by adding a few drops of Tea Tree Oil to your cleaning supplies. If you want to try your hand at homemade, add Tea Tree Oil to water and vinegar for a non-toxic household cleaner, then use it on your countertops, kitchen appliances, shower, toilet and sinks. Tea Tree Oil can be used in a diffuser to help kill airborne mould. Add it to your laundry detergent to provide some antiseptic support for your towels and bedding. Tea Tree Oil can also be used in your garden to prevent fungal growth on plants. For this application, combine two tablespoons of Tea Tree Oil with two cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray plants every 3-7 days (spray in morning or night to avoid burning the leaves in the hot sun). You can also spray a thin layer of Tea Tree Oil over those bothersome ant trails and don’t
forget that garbage pail that is a breeding ground for flies and larvae. Despite the wonderful benefits of Tea Tree Oil, it must not be used on your pets. Even in its diluted form, it can be toxic to dogs and cats. You can use it around your home for cleaning but do not use it in a diffuser if you have pets. Though uncommon, skin irritation and allergic reactions could arise, so remember to test it on your skin first. We do not recommend Tea Tree Oil for children under the age of 5, as their skin is susceptible to reactions. It should be kept out of the reach of children and pets as it should not be swallowed. When purchasing Tea Tree Oil, look for products that are produced using the melaleuca plants and consider the 100% undiluted oil. You can dilute the oil yourself, depending on its intended use and purchasing the 100% oil ensures you are not buying more fillers than oil. Natural Factors does have a 100% Tea Tree Oil. Other brands are Thursday Plantation and Desert Essence.
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