By Felicia, on August 31st, 2012
True of all the essential oils, Tea Tree oil has been used for hundreds of years to heal a plethora of ailments from cuts, burns and abrasions to fungal infections and even bad breath. It also can be used as a natural cleaning disinfectant and deodorizer.
The Tea Tree, Melaleuca alternifolia, is native to Australia. “Tea tree oil contains constituents called terpenoids, which have been found to have antiseptic and antifungal activity. The compound terpinen-4-ol is the most abundant and is thought to be responsible for most of tea tree oil’s antimicrobial activity.” (1)
The oil has a pungent smell but can be and should be diluted by water and other oils such as, olive and almond. It can heal cuts, burns and abrasions. It can be added to shampoo to cure dandruff and kill lice. If added to toothpaste (a small amount of oil to a large amount of toothpaste!) it can combat bad breath.
When using Tea Tree Oil to clean with, dilute with water and clean all surfaces! It can help with mold control, soap scum and laundry.
Tea Tree Oil can also be used on pets. It’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties can ease pain, fight infections and due to the strong smell and taste, can curb the urge for your pets to lick their wounds.
Tea Tree Oil is a one of nature’s wonders. With so many uses and the fact that a little goes a long way makes this essential oil a bargain!
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