What is deal with Tea Tree Oil?

Tea Tree Oil is one of my favorite essential oils, but care must be taken when using it because of its potency and toxicity if ingested.  It has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that when diluted in a carrier oil make it great for treating various minor skin issues, as well as having some household uses.  Here are just a few things you do with Tea Tree Oil:

What are some uses for Tea Tree Oil?

  • Add a few drops to your laundry detergent when washing cloth diapers or especially stinky athletic clothes. It will kill the bacteria and make everything smell clean again!
  • Add a few drops to your child's shampoo.  Tea Tree Oil naturally repels lice!

  • Add a few drops to 1/4 cup olive oil and use it as a spot treatment for acne. It will kill bacteria trapped in the pores and help clear up those blemishes. 

  • Make a deodorizing spray with witch hazel, water, and Tea Tree Oil for use on hockey and football equipment. Any hockey/football parent knows how gross all of that gear can get. Keep it from smelling like a locker room with Tea Tree Oil!  You can add Eucalyptus and Peppermint as well for added benefits and a better scent.