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Top 10 Uses of Tea Tree Oil

April 2016 - Family Wellness

Tea tree essential oil is considered to be both antiseptic (able to destroy bacteria capable of causing infection) and an antimicrobial (may destroy or prevent growth of microbes which are any tiny living things including bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses). It is used medicinally in the treatment of many conditions.

Here are the top 10 common uses:

1. Acne: Apply tea tree oil to affected area as needed. Add a few drops to your face cleanser to prevent the buildup of bacteria that causes acne.

2. Athletes Foot: Apply two to three drops of tea tree oil to the affected area on the foot. Soak in a solution of 5-10 drops in a basin of warm water.

3. Colds: Add approximately 10 drops of tea tree oil in a vaporizer to help clear chest and nasal congestion.

4. Cold Sores: Apply tea tree oil directly to the sore two times a day.

5. Head Lice: Add 5 drops of tea tree oil to 1oz shampoo. Massage into wet hair, leave on for 10 minutes, rinse; repeat daily until lice and eggs are gone.

6. Insect Bites: Apply a drop or two of tea tree oil directly onto an insect bite or sting to help alleviate swelling, itching and redness.

7. Dermatitis/Eczema: As a test, dab a small amount of tea tree oil on an affected area, if no irritation occurs repeat on other areas. For cleansing, make a solution of 10 drops of oil in ½ cup of warm water and wash affected area morning and night with a clean cotton ball and pat dry.

8. Ear Infections: Mix 5 drops of tea tree oil in ½ cup of warm olive oil. Drop a small amount into the ear, tilting the head to one side. Using a small cotton ball, swab gently to absorb the oil. Repeat as needed.

9. Cuts & Wounds: Add 10 drops of tea tree oil to a cup of warm water to use as an antiseptic wash.

10. Dandruff: Add 20 drops of tea tree oil into your bottle of shampoo and mix, or use three drops mixed with your shampoo in your hand to wash your hair.

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