Here are some uses for tea tree oil, often referred to as a “medicine cabinet in a bottle”:
1. Use a dab to treat acne.
2. An anti-fungal for treating Athlete’s Foot, eczema, various yeast infections, etc.
3. An antiseptic to be used on cuts and burns.
4. An anti-viral: it may lessen the symptoms of colds and flu. Try using a few drops in the bath.
5. Add to a vaporizer to loosen chest congestion.
6. Add a small amount to shampoo to destroy head lice.
7. A small amount added to your bath can help with persistent body odor.
8. Treating sinus infection.
9. For dandruff and dry scalp.
10. In the form of aromatherapy, tea tree oil is used to treat colds, persistent coughs, acne, toothaches, and sunburn. _care2com
Because tea tree oil has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral effects, the full range of possible uses has not been discovered. Its medical effects are being studied intensively by the Marshall Centre for Infectious Diseases at the University of Western Australia:
The primary aim of the group is to investigate and characterise the medicinal properties of tea tree oil, in particular the antimicrobial properties. So far the group has shown that tea tree oil has broad-spectrum in vitro antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral activity. Laboratory studies are ongoing and some clinical work has also begun. These studies are critical if tea tree oil is to be accepted as a topical antimicrobial agent. _Marshall Centre
Tea tree can also be used for several purposes around the house:
11. To create an all-purpose cleaner, combine 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil in 2 cups of water in a spray bottle.
12. Another version would be 14 ounces of water with 1 ounce of Murphy’s oil soap and 10 drops of tea tree oil.
13. Mix the above solution with kosher salt to scrub bathtub and bathroom tiles.
14. Add a few drops to dishwasher dispenser, then fill with a green dishwashing soap.
15. A few drops added to each load of laundry leave your clothes smelling cleaner.
16. Control mold with a tea tree oil/water spray.
17. Remove mustiness with that same tea tree oil/water spray.
18. To keep germs at bay, spray it on high chairs, car seats, and other high traffic spots.
19. 15 drops in a quart of water can be an effective insect repellent.
20. Be sure to take some with you when hiking and camping to put directly on insect bites or blisters. _20 Great Uses
Tea tree oil is one of the most versatile and effective home remedies available over the counter. Tea tree oil comes “from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, which is native to Southeast Queensland and the Northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia.” The Australian tea tree should not be confused with Camelia sinensis, or beverage tea, and the oil should not be taken by mouth.
There appears to be no evidence to support the claims that tea tree oil can cure ageing, cancer, and male pattern baldness. 😉
In the future we will look at a strange twist on the story of the tea tree family, which does involve a possible cure for cancer. Stay tuned.