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Discovering tea tree oil and its many uses

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Tea Tree is an essential oil that is obtained from an Australian tree known as Melaleuca alternifolia. You may recognize it by its strong, distinctive odor. It is found in many items such as shampoo/conditioner, mouthwash and other bath and body products. Why does tea tree oil have so many uses? The answer is simple. This is an oil that is antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibiotic. Read on to discover nine great uses for tea tree oil around the house.

  1. Tea tea oil is an effective deterrent to mildew and mold. Mix 25 drops in a cup of white vinegar and pour into a plastic spray bottle. Spray on the area you are treating and leave it for ten minutes. Wipe the area with a damp sponge or cloth and voila, the mold and/or mildew should be gone.
  2. The oil is also a powerful household cleaner. Simply add 15 drops to a quart of warm water. Again, place in a plastic spray bottle and you now have a multi-use cleaner for a wide variety of chores around the house.
  3. If you have a heavily soiled load of laundry to be done, add a teaspoon of tea tree oil. Not only will it help clean your clothes better, you also reap the benefit of the oil's antifungal and antibacterial properties.
  4. You can even make your own soap with tea tree oil. Add 2 teaspoons of the oil to 2 cups of melted glycerin soap base and mix well. Pour into your choice of soap molds and let cool. The soap will have wonderful antibacterial properties.
  5. In addition to using your homemade soap to help fight acne, you can also dilute the oil in a little vitamin E oil and dab it on your face. It is definitely more beneficial than commercial blemish treatments which can dry out your skin.
  6. There are several personal care uses for tea tree oil and one of them is as a dandruff treatment. Simply add 1 or 2 drops to your shampoo and lather for a few minutes. Rinse well.
  7. The oil is also useful on your feet. If you suffer from athlete's foot, add 2 teaspoons of the oil to a quarter of a cup of vegetable oil and dab on the fungal infection. You can also mix one quarter cup cornstarch, one quarter cup baking soda, 10 drops lavender oil and ten drops of tea tree oil for a delightful powder for your feet. They will smell nice too!
  8. If you suffer from unsightly warts, you can treat them with tea tree oil. Put one drop of the oil that has been diluted with water on the wart and place a bandage over it. You can do this for a month, remembering to change the bandage on a daily basis.
  9. You can even make your own deodorant if you're worried about the chemicals in some over the counter products. Mix 15 drops of the oil with one third cup baking soda, one half cup of cornstarch and 5 tablespoons of coconut oil. Find an airtight container to store it in.

As you can see, there are many effective uses for this amazing essential oil and these nine are just the tip of the iceberg.

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