21 Uses for Melaleuca or Tea Tree Oil

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Melaleuca, or Tea Tree essential oil has been around for centuries. It’s a great all-purpose oil and is a must have in your natural first aid kit. There are so many uses for this oil, I can’t even list them all here, or it would take forever! It’s antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, an insecticide, and a stimulant. It helps the body fight off disease, bacteria, infection, virus, and illness. The list below is a great way to get started, though.

  • Acne/Pimples: put a drop on a cotton swab or your finger and apply to individual spots before bed and in the morning
  • Athlete’s Foot: mix 2 dops of Melaleuca with 1 drop of lavender, dip a cotton ball in the mixture and apply between toes and around nails
  • Bee Stings: remove stinger, if necessary, then apply 1 drop of Melaleuca oil every four hours, as needed
  • Blackheads: apply oil directly to spots at night and in the morning
  • Bronchitis/Congestion: add 5 drops of Melaleuca oil to a bowl of steaming water and inhale for 5-10 minutes; or, add a few drops to a tissue and inhale throughout the day
  • Calluses: apply oil directly to area, then cover with an adhesive bandage; repeat daily until you see results
  • Chapped Lips: add 1-3 drops of oil to 1 tablespoon of petroleum jelly, or an oil such as jojoba, grapeseed or sweet almond oil and mix with a toothpick. Store in a small container. Apply to chapped lips every 20-30 minutes, as needed
  • Diaper Rash: Mix 2-4 drops of Melaleuca oil with 2 tablespoons of witch hazel; shake vigorously, then apply to area as needed
  • Ear Infections/Earache: Soak a cotton ball in 3 drops of Melaleuca and 2 drops of lavender oil; plug ear
  • Flu: Use steam inhalation as for congestion, as well as the tissue inhalation method. Also try the Cold/Flu Bomb
  • Foot Odor: Each morning, massage a few drops of Melaleuca into your feet; also put a drop or two into your shoes
  • Hives: Massage a few drops of Melaleuca on to the affected area
  • Insect Bites: Apply a drop of Melaleuca oil to bite to relieve itch
  • Prickly Heat: Massage a few drops onto affected area
  • Sore Throat: Add 7-8 drops to a cup of warm water and gargle. 2-3 times daily
  • Stiff Neck: Mix 2-4 drops of Melaleuca with jojoba or fractionated coconut oil and massage into the affected area as needed
  • Sunburn and Burns: apply directly to affected are to relieve burn
  • Sweaty Feet: see Foot Odor, above
  • Ticks: Apply oil to the tick and surrounding area; after 20-30 minutes, carefully remove tick if it has not already fallen off. Keep applying oil to prevent infection and sooth wound
  • Tonsilitis: See sore throat, above
  • Warts: Apply oil directly to wart 3-4 times a day. Be persistent; it can take a few weeks to be effective

There are also many uses for Melaleuca oil in the home, but that’s a post for another day! As always, don’t forget to use the coupon code SMOORE to receive 10% off your order at Spark Naturals!

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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor; these are only suggestions for uses of this powerful essential oil. Please see your health care practitioner for medical issues.

Sources:

  • The Tea Tree Oil Bible: Your Essential Guide to Health and Home Uses
  • The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
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