Essential Oils 101: Melaleuca (Tea Tree Oil)

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Melaleuca (Tea Tree Oil) is anti-bacterial, anti-septic, and anti-fungal. The tea trees originated from Australia and the oil has long been known as a “cure-all”. In fact, the Australian soldiers of WWII were issued tea tree oil in their first aid kits.

 As with any essential oil, melaleuca should be diluted with a carrier oil to prevent desensitizing. Adults can typically use 2-4 drops (mixed with carrier oil).

Please read more information regarding children and essential oils.

Be aware of the dangers of ingesting essential oils (EOs). They are very potent and can cause harmful damage to the inside of your body! A great resource is the go-to expert on EOs, Robert Tisserand. Check out his Facebook page for TONS of information!!!

You can also diffuse the oil into the air with a diffuser. Check out these here: (insert Lisa’s link)

 This list is just a few of the great uses for melaleuca oil:

  • Mix with water in spray bottle to kill mold, mildew, and to disinfect
  • Add to a load of laundry to aid in the prevention/treatment of mildew
  • Mix with purified water & a drop of peppermint oil to create a mouthwash & treat gum disease
  • Treat tonsillitis, sore throats, and laryngitis (Gargle, don’t swallow!!)
  • Put a drop on your toothbrush with your toothpaste to help prevent cavities
  • Soothe arthritis and bruises (mix with carrier oil and apply)
  • Fight bronchial or viral infections or emphysema
  • Use to prevent lice and dandruff (Add a few drops to your shampoo)
  • Use to ward off mosquitoes
  • Good to use on acne breakouts
  • Treat canker and cold sores
  • Remove warts and moles
  • Treat cuts, scrapes, ingrown hairs, and bug bites

If you are interested in learning more, I would highly suggest the FB group Using Essential Oils Safely and the website Learning About EOs!

You can find essential oils, teas, herbs, and more at Mountain Rose Herbs.

What is your favorite use for Tea Tree Oil??

*Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational purposes only. None of these statements are intended to treat or diagnose an illness or disease. Seek medical advice for injuries, illnesses, or disease.

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Jess is a simple Carolina girl finding her way to being a naturally-minded mom and sharing her experiences with the world! She’s always looking for ways to be more efficient with the time, space and money God has given her family. She loves reading, blogging, crochet, spending time with her family, long walks on the beach and a trip to the mountains!