Melaleuca essential oil, commonly known as tea tree oil, is one of the most useful essential oils. It has been used for centuries and has amazing antiseptic, antiviral, and antifungal properties. It can be applied neat (without diluting) to the skin, although I always recommend diluting with a carrier oil when using on children or if you have sensitive skin. It’s a great oil to have in your natural first aid kit.
15 Uses for Melaleuca:
Cold sores: Dab a drop or two of melaleuca oil on your cold or canker sores to decrease pain and promote quicker healing. Note: My husband regularly gets cold sores and if he remembers to start apply melaleuca frequently throughout the day as soon as he feels one coming on it greatly reduces the length of time he has the cold sore and reduces the severity as well.
Acne and other Skin Issues: Using a Q-tip, dab on any blemishes or zits as soon as you feel them coming. I also love this Apple Cider Vinegar Toner with tea tree oil.
Cuts & Wounds: Apply a drop of melaleuca to cuts and wounds to prevent infection. Make your own Owie Balm for easy application to cuts and scrapes.
Rashes: Helps heal rashes and reduce itchiness. Dilute and apply to rash.
Disinfectant/Cleaning: Melaleuca is a great essential oil to add to your homemade cleaning supplies as it is antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic. Add several drops to your natural cleaners or simply add a few drops to water to clean and disinfect.
Fungal Infections (such as athlete’s foot, candida, ringworm, and thrush): Dilute and apply several times a day to infected area.
Coughs & Sore Throat: Dilute several drops in a carrier oil and rub over throat and chest to help ease coughs and sore throat.
Tonsillitis: Dilute and apply to throat or add 1-2 drops to 1/2 a cup of water and gargle.
Lice: Add 1-2 drops to your shampoo or conditioner to help prevent lice.
Warts: Apply 1-2 drops directly to warts twice a day.
Homemade Deodorant: Add to your homemade natural deodorant.
Bug Repellant: Use melaleuca to naturally repel bugs. Try this homemade bug spray.
Cold & Flu: Melaleuca is antiviral and can be used to fight colds and flus. Diffuse in the air to help prevent the spread of viruses, dilute and apply to chest, back, sinuses or add several drops to bathwater.
Ear Infection: Add a few drops to a cotton ball and place in ear for 20 minutes to help heal ear infections.
Sunburn: Dilute several drops with a carrier oil and rub onto burn or add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and mist over sunburned area.
As always, make sure you use high quality essential oils and do your own research before using as part of your own home remedies collection. I buy my essential oils from doTERRA. Here’s how you can learn how to build your essential oil stash.
Do you use melaleuca essential oil? What’s your favorite use for it?
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