Tea tree essential oil is derived mainly from an Australian-native plant and has been used all over Australia for at least a century. Many medical studies have also documented its numerous benefits over the past 70 years. Tea Tree oil is marketed as an antiseptic in Europe, Australia, and North America, and can also be found in a variety of household and cosmetic products. Tea tree oil has also has many other uses, and the most common of these is listed below:

1. Improves Dandruff

I personally have a tea tree oil shampoo that makes my hair smell amazing and leaves my scalp feeling super fresh. It also works like dandruff shampoo would. I used to have to wash my hair once a week with dandruff shampoo, but with tea tree oil, I no longer have to do that. However, this shampoo is super expensive (almost $30 a bottle!). Finding this recipe helped me create the same amazing results I love about the tea tree oil shampoo without the cost. It can also help keep lice away. A little tea tree oil goes a long way, so buying a little bottle can last you months! Here’s how to mix tea tree oil and shampoo properly: Buy a shampoo without a super strong smell (the tea tree will make your hair smell amazing on its own). Combine shampoo and tea tree oil in a bottle, using 1 drop of tea tree oil for every 3ml of shampoo. When you apply the shampoo to your hair, make sure you let it sit for a few minutes to let the oil really soak in. Finally, rinse it off and enjoy super soft, great-smelling, dandruff-free hair! {1}

2. Helps Alleviate Congestion and Cough

Tea tree oil originates from the melaleuca plant. Historically, the melaleuca plant leaves were crushed and inhaled to treat coughs and colds. Studies today show that tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties, which allow it to fight the bacteria that causes respiratory infections. It also has antiviral properties, making it helpful for combating and preventing the common cold, cough, and congestion symptoms. {2}

3. Makes a Great Household Cleaner

Since tea tree essential oil has powerful antimicrobial activity that kills bad bacteria, it makes an effective addition to your household cleaner. Making a homemade cleanser is easy with tea tree oil. Simply mix 5-10 drops of tea tree oil with water, vinegar, and 5-10 drops of lemon essential oil. You can use it on your kitchen appliances, counter tops, shower, toilet, and sinks. You can also spot clean carpets and rugs with a mixture of tea tree oil, vinegar, and water.

4. Improves Acne and Other Minor Skin Conditions

Tea tree oil’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties allow it to work as a natural remedy for acne and other skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Even just a 5% concentration of tea tree oil can help you see improvements in your acne. Tea tree oil is gentle enough to be applied topically to skin, but make sure you test it on your hand before applying it to your face. If you have any kind of reaction to it, dilute it before applying to your face or avoid using the oil altogether. Applying tea tree oil directly to acne for a few hours or overnight should reduce redness and swelling while cleansing your pores. Make sure to rinse your face well with warm water the next day, or after you have let it sit for a few hours. {3}

5. Helps Alleviate Fungal Infections

Tea tree oil has the ability to fight fungal infections and kill parasites, so it makes a great home remedy for toenail fungus, ringworm, and athlete’s foot. Its antibacterial properties are also good for removing shoe odor. To remove shoe odor, fill a spray bottle up halfway with water and add 5-10 drops of tea tree oil. Then, spray inside your shoes. You can also apply tea tree essential oil mixed with coconut oil directly to feet. Just add 2-3 drops of tea tree oil to half a teaspoon of coconut oil and apply to your feet. {4}

6. Helps Decrease the Appearance of Scars

Sometimes the painful process of alleviating acne can lead to scarring. Buying scar creams that are loaded with chemicals can be expensive. Create your own scar treatment at home using the amazing properties of tea tree essential oil. Simply add 1 drop of tea tree oil to 1 ½ teaspoons of raw honey. Massage over the affected areas and let it sit until it dries (about 15-10 minutes). Once dried, rinse with cool water. It you repeat this process daily, you should see a decrease in the appearance of your scars.

7. Works as an Effective Insecticide

Studies have shown that tea tree essential oil works well as your common chemical-based insecticide. One study even found that essential oils can be more effective at repelling insects than the chemical-based repellent, DEET. {5} Make your own, chemical-free insecticide at home using the most effective insect-repelling essential oils. Simply get an 8 oz spray bottle and add ¼ a cup of natural witch hazel. Then, fill up the remaining half with water. Once the bottle is filled, add 15 drops of tea tree oil, 10 drops of citronella oil, and 10 drops of peppermint oil. Shake well, and spray on your clothing before going outdoors. This smells much better than the typical chemical-filled insecticides! {6}

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