Essential oils seem to be all the rage, but it can be hard to figure out what on earth all of the different oils are and what they do. An absolutely essential oil to have on hand is tea tree oil! It has antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiseptic and antiviral properties that make it perfect for a million and a half home remedies!
So, how can you use tea tree oil?
If you ever get hormonal acne then this is something you need to keep on hand! Hormonal acne is the painful acne under the skin that typically doesn’t have a head. It hurts, lasts forever, and bleeds if you do try to pop it. Use tea tree oil as a spot treatment by putting a small amount on a q-tip and applying to any problem area to clear up acne quickly (and cheaply!).
Get rid of dandruff
Every not and then I get dandruff, and it’s so embarassing! I wish I had found this earlier instead of fighting an endless battle with shampoos. Just put a drop or two in your shampoo when you shower. That’s it!
P.S. If you have kiddos you can also use this to get rid of lice!
Clean your home without all the chemicals!
That’s right! Just mix 10 drops with 4oz of purified water to get an all-natural all-purpose cleaner! It is especially good for getting any sticky residue (think stickers and tape) because the oil acts as an emulsifier and allows the water to combine with the stick!
Say “bye bye bye” to stinky feet
Having smelly feet can be incredibly embarrassing, and tea tree oil is a simple way to help alleviate the problem! Use a cotton ball to apply tea tree oil all over those puppies when they’re especially ripe. Don’t forget the spaces between your toes! The area between your toes is a perfect breeding ground for the bacteria that cause the stink.
Use it in your defuser!
One of my coworkers recently brought an infuser into the office and I’m mildly obsessed (and searching for my own on Amazon!). The diffuser is going to come in handy once cold season hits because having tea tree oil in the air helps fight bacterial infections and can loosen up chest congestion. I’m definitely going to be trying this tea tree oil trick in the fall!
What are your favorite essential oils? Any home remedies that you swear by? Let me know in the comments!