Australia’s natural antiseptic, Tea Tree Oil is distilled from specially selected Melaleuca alternifolia leaves, a plant native to the coastal regions of northern New South Wales and south-eastern Queensland, Australia.Tea Tree oil is a powerful antiseptic which inhibits a broad spectrum of bacteria and fungi and cleanses and protects skin abrasions. Tea Tree Oil is well tolerated by healthy skin tissue and does not inhibit normal cell growth.
We at Who Who Carpet Cleaning and Pest Management have compiled a list of the top 7 uses for Tea Tree oil for your Home and Health.
Tea Tree Oil Uses and Benefits for your home:
Add 15-25 drops of Tea Tree Oil to two cups of boiling water and a quarter cup of white vinegar to make your very own multipurpose cleaner. Be cautious while using it on marble and granite as vinegar acts as an eroding agent.
Add a couple of drops of tea tree oil to your next laundry cycle and make the best use of the antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Essential oils such as lavender and citrus can help in adding a nice fresh fragrance or you could buy the natural soap.
3) Air Purifier:
Place a few drops of tea tree oil in an oil diffuser to naturally purify and disinfect the air. Recent studies have indicated that tea tree oil acts as aromatherapy for cancer patients by reducing anxiety and improving sleep pattern. Essential oils such as lavender, cedar wood or cinnamon can be added as well to make your home smell fragrant.
4) DIY Deodorizing Spray:
Combine 2 tbsp. white distilled water + 2 tbsp vodka + drops of essential oils (Tea Tree Oil- Antibacterial and Anti-Fungal; Lavender Oil- Calming and Anti-Anxiety; Lemon Oil- Refreshing)into a glass bottle and use as a room freshener as necessary.
5) Bathroom Scrub:
Make your own soft bathroom scrub to remove tough stains while thoroughly cleansing your bathroom and disinfecting them. Combine 3/4th cup baking soda, 1/4th cup Castille Soap, 2 Tbsp water and 10-15 drops of Tea tree oil. Combine mixture with a fork. Apply generously on the surface that requires cleaning and scrub away with a sponge or brush. Let it sit for a while and rinse away. Here are more cleaning recipes.
A common issue many homeowners face is mould infestation. Consider using a tea tree oil diffuser to kill bacteria and toxins. Tea tree oil spray (Water combined with 10-15 drops of tea tree oil) can be sprayed onto shower curtains, behind washing machines and other suspected places of mould infestation.
Garbage bins can get super smelly obviously they are garbage bins. Get rid of the nasty smell by putting 3 or 4 drops of tea tree oil into the bin before the bag goes in. Not only can it help to get rid of the smell, but it can also inhibit the growth of bacteria. Here is a list of other essential oils you could use.
Tea Tree Oil Uses and Benefits for your Health:
Tea Tree oil is known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Studies have found that Tea Tree Oil kills several bacteria and viruses that cause E.coli , influenza and Pneumonia. Commercial hand sanitizers are bad for you and have multiple side effects so why not make your own? Here is the recipe to make your own hand sanitizer:
– 5 to 10 drops of lavender essential oil (Choose any essential oil you prefer)
– 30 drops of tea tree oil
– 10 ounces of natural Aloe Vera gel
– 1 tbsp of vodka
– 1/4th spoon of Vitamin E Oil (Helps increase shelf life)
2) Antiseptic for cuts and scrapes:
Minor scrapes and cuts can lead to infections if left unattended. Mix 5 to 10 drops of tea tree oil with a spoon of organic coconut oil. Apply this concoction on the affected area and wrap it with a bandage. Tea tree oil helps wounds heal faster as well as reduced inflammation.
It is highly recommended to give Tea Tree Oil a go, if you suffer from acne instead of spending hundreds of dollars on store bought products and treatments. Tea Tree Oil not only helps with acne clearing but also removes scars. Click here to read more on Tea Tree Oil Face masks and Scrubs and how to make them.
To cure and heal ear infections, mix a few drops of tea tree oil with a tablespoon of virgin olive oil/ organic coconut oil and apply a few drops to the ear with the help of a dropper. This clears the infection and prevents it from coming back. Its anti-inflammatory properties reduce swelling and pain. You can even use it on toddlers and young children.
Tea Tree Oil is an excellent expectorant. It helps in getting rid of the excess mucus and relieve chest congestion. Also, alleviates symptoms of asthma, cough and cold, bronchitis and chest and cough congestion.
Mix a few drops of Tea Tree oil in your shampoo and use it as you would regularly. Tea Tree oil helps get rid of dandruff while remove excess product buildup. Regular usage of Tea Tree oil for your scalp will help keep it healthy and clean.
Add a small amount of your regular face cleanser and one or two drops of Tea Tree oil and apply the lather on your face and neck, massaging it in and rinse off. Regular usage with face cleanser and in a face mask will help minimize blackheads.
Tea Tree Oil is safe overall. It should be kept away from children, it is considered toxic in consumed.
Who Who Carpet Cleaning and Pest Management recommends using Tea Tree oil with caution, as results and reactions can vary person to person. It is always recommended to do a patch and allergy test, research based on own needs and then use it.