Tea tree oil is not just a trend.
Tea tree oil has been renowned for its disinfecting and healing properties for over a century. The oil is extracted from the leaves of the evergreen Melaleuca Alternifolia tree, indigenous to Australia and is one of the best natural antibiotics because of its efficacy in killing bacteria.
Here are a few ways to use tea tree oil in your home.
1. Essential Oil Air Freshener
Tea tree oil has a pleasing fragrance and makes a great air freshener. To prepare this, you’ll need about 20 drops of tea tree oil, 2 tablespoons of a vegan gelatin alternative and ½ a cup of hot water. Mix all the ingredients and heat on a low flame. Once the gelatin has dissolved, allow the mixture to cool slightly. Pour it into jars and place them in the refrigerator till the gel has set. These can be placed around the house and also make excellent gifts.
2. Topical Antiseptic
Tea tree oil contains unique organic compounds called terpenes that are responsible for its antiseptic properties. It’s incredibly effective at battling infections and treating wounds. For this reason, it’s used as a natural remedy to address a number of skin issues such as acne, cold sores, fungal infections, sunburns, and itchy insect bites. It can be applied topically to prevent infections brought on by burns, blisters, and wounds.
3. Sore Throat Treatment
The same type of bacterial or viral infection that causes a cold is also responsible for the characteristic soreness you sometimes feel in your throat. It leads to the mucous membranes becoming inflamed. An excellent natural remedy for a sore throat is tea tree oil diluted in some water. Try gargling with this mixture to relieve the pain and soothe the inflammation. It’s best to do this as soon as you experience the first signs of a cold or throat pain, to keep it from getting worse.
Tea tree oil is an inexpensive, excellent natural alternative to personal care products, disinfectants, and skin treatments that are filled with chemicals. However, it is important to note that this oil is not a magic cure-all and some people may experience allergic reactions or skin irritation after applying it. Always test the oil on a small patch of skin before using it. That being said, tea tree oil is an excellent remedy to have on hand because of the many purposes it serves.