Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is an essential oil and well known for its antiseptic properties. It has a fresh odor and a color that ranges from pale yellow to nearly colourless and clear. Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, which is native to Australia.
Tea tree oil is very strong and can be toxic when taken by mouth. However, it can be used safely when diluted in a variety of ways, especially for skin problems.
How to use tea tree oil:
- Directly on your skin in the area affected. As a strong antiseptic, apply 1-2 drops to targeted areas for cuts and sores. However, be careful to not irritate the skin or wound. Tea tree oil is very strong.
- Mix 3 – 5 drops with a carrier oil, such as jojoba oil and apply to skin after a bath or shower to help treat or prevent skin infections.
- A household cleaner. Add to water and vinegar for a non-toxic household cleaner that can help fight of harmful germs and mold.
- Add 3-5 drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo/conditioner to help control lice and dandruff.
- Add 3-5 drops to your bath water to support treating and preventing skin infections.
- Using an essential oil diffuser, tea tree oil may be diffused into the air to help cleanse the air from harmful germs and mold.
- Add 1-2 drops of tea tree oil to warm water to use as an antiseptic mouth wash.