Seven unexpected ways to use tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is currently being used by many households for different reasons. Not many people know that the oil is extracted from an Australian tree.

Back in the day, the Aboriginals, the native Australian tribes, used the oil for pain relief. Shared revealed that today there are more uses for the oil and you’ll be surprised what they are.

Tea tree oil is a versatile product that is derived from the Australian Melaleuca alternifolia tree. It is known for its strong antibacterial properties and as a cure for various health issues.

The oil is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and an antiseptic agent. These days it’s used in many cosmetic and household products.

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The oil is used in skin creams, nail creams, massage oils, face wash, laundry detergents, and shampoos. Outlined here are seven other uses for the oil:

Disinfecting dishes: One can do this by adding a few drops of tea tree oil to the soap dispenser in the dishwasher, before adding the soap. The oil will clean and disinfect the dishes.

It destroys germs on clothes: Add six to eight drops of this miracle oil to your laundry to get a fresh and pleasant scent.

Deals with mold: Being infected by mold can be a serious health issue. To get rid of it spray the bathroom curtains, the dishwasher and laundry machine, and all the affected areas with tea tree oil to destroy the bacteria.

All-purpose cleaner: Mix a tablespoon of borax, one tablespoon of vinegar, and three to four drops of the oil in a 12-ounce spray bottle. It can now be used as an all-purpose cleaner.

Boosts hair health: Tea tree oil is known to effectively treat dandruff, hydrate the skin on the scalp, eliminate lice, and make the hair shiny and healthy.

Making a homemade natural shampoo with the oil is easy. Just mix a few drops of the tea tree oil with some coconut milk, Aloe Vera gel, and lavender oil.

Repels ants: The oil is a natural alternative to chemical-based repellents. Mix it with some water and wipe the cupboards to eliminate cockroaches, ants, and other insects.

A disinfectant: Add the oil to a warm mist vaporizer to cleanse the air when ill. It is safe to use and causes no side-effects, although, it is better to avoid direct contact with sensitive skin areas, the inner part of the nose, and the eyes.

It is recommended that one does a small skin patch test on the arm or leg before using it. If it doesn’t cause a negative reaction, then it can be used on a daily basis. 

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