Tea Tree Oil: A little goes a long way!

True of all the essential oils, Tea Tree oil has been used for hundreds of years to heal a plethora of ailments from cuts, burns and abrasions to fungal infections and even bad breath. It also can be used as a natural cleaning disinfectant and deodorizer.

The Tea Tree, Melaleuca alternifolia, is native to Australia.  “Tea tree oil contains constituents called terpenoids, which have been found to have antiseptic and antifungal activity. The compound terpinen-4-ol is the most abundant and is thought to be responsible for most of tea tree oil’s antimicrobial activity.” (1)

The oil has a pungent smell but can be and should be diluted by water and other oils such as, olive and almond.  It can heal cuts, burns and abrasions.  It can be added to shampoo to cure dandruff and kill lice. If added to toothpaste (a small amount of oil to a large amount of toothpaste!) it can combat bad breath.

When using Tea Tree Oil to clean with, dilute with water and clean all surfaces! It can help with mold control, soap scum and laundry.

Tea Tree Oil can also be used on pets.  It’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties can ease pain, fight infections and due to the strong smell and taste, can curb the urge for your pets to lick their wounds.

Tea Tree Oil is a one of nature’s wonders.  With so many uses and the fact that a little goes a long way makes this essential oil a bargain!

Sources and more information:

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/20-great-uses-for-tea-tree-oil.html

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/herbsupplementguide/a/TeaTreeOil.htm

http://www.squidoo.com/uses-for-tea-tree-oil

Felicia

About Felicia

Hello, I am Felicia and I am one of the founding members of Health Now, Wealth Forever. When we came up with the concept of starting our family business, I was enthusiastic just to spend time working on a project with my family. But, as we have grown and expanded, my passion for educating myself and others - about alternative health options and changing the way we view finances and life - has taken over. While I admit I am not the healthiest of our group, I am working on it daily and hope that the articles I write help you to work on it with me. Thank you for supporting us and allowing us to open our minds and yours to an alternative way of look at health, wealth and life!

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