DISCOVER PURIFYING WAYS TO HEAL WITH TEA TREE

Tea Tree Essential Oil is an eminent and versatile oil that can be used on almost any part of the body for almost any ailment. The positive effects of Tea Tree Oil are powerful and have beneficial impacts on interconnected body systems. It is reputed to cleanse, purify, and rejuvenate the skin, to promote healing and relaxation, to enhance and support immune function, and to eliminate bacteria, both on surfaces and in the air. It can be used in numerous body care products ranging from skin and hair care to emotional care through aromatherapy. This article highlights what can be achieved with natural homemade recipes that use the advantages of Tea Tree Essential Oil.

USING TEA TREE OIL IN A DIFFUSER OR ROOM SPRAY: TO FIGHT GERMS

Used in aromatherapy, the calming fragrance of Tea Tree Essential Oil has demonstrated its ability to naturally support and boost immune system health and fight infections, as it diminishes the detrimental feeling of stress, which facilitates illness. It is beneficial in treating issues with sleeplessness, acting as a sleep aid by reducing any aches and pains that can cause insomnia. Its herbaceous scent also uplifts the mood and boosts mental clarity. Tea Tree Oil’s expectorant properties also make it effective in facilitating the relief of congestion and respiratory tract infections.

As a disinfecting air spray, Tea Tree Essential Oil acts as a natural, anti-microbial, non-toxic air freshener that removes bacteria, viruses, and mold from the environment. By placing a couple of drops in a steaming bowl of hot water and leaning over it to inhale the aromatic vapors with a towel draped over the head and the bowl, Tea Tree Oil can be used to help a sinus infection.

 

  1. TEA TREE DIFFUSER BLEND FOR ELIMINATING BACTERIA
Ingredient Amount
Tea Tree Essential Oil 4 drops
Lemon Essential Oil 4 drops
Peppermint Essential Oil 4 drops
Eucalyptus Essential Oil 4 drops

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In order to achieve a thorough mix of oils before adding them to a diffuser, add all oils to a 2 ml glass bottle.
  2. Roll bottle between hands to blend oils.
  3. Based on manufacturer’s instructions, add the appropriate number of drops to your diffuser.

 

TIPS

  • To increase the quantity, multiply the recipe above and add it to a larger bottle.
  • This recipe is not intended for topical use.

 

  1. TEA TREE STEAM BLEND TO FIGHT COLDS
Ingredient Amount
Tea Tree Essential Oil 4 drops
Eucalyptus Essential Oil 4 drops
Vicks Vapor Rub 1 Tbsp.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Thoroughly cleanse skin
  2. Boil 3 cups of distilled or purified water.
  3. Remove the water from the heat and allow it to cool in a bowl for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the essential oils and vapor rub to the water and stir.
  5. Place the bowl somewhere stable and comfortable where you can sit for 10 minutes.
  6. Drape a large bath towel over your head, shoulders, and the bowl.
  7. Lean over the bowl with your face 10-12 inches away from the water.
  8. Ensure that your eyes are closed during the entire steam, as the oils may irritate open eyes.
  9. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Enjoy the relief from congestion and other cold symptoms.

 

 


 

USING TEA TREE OIL IN A MASSAGE: TO BOOST IMMUNITY

Diluted with a carrier oil and used topically, Tea Tree Oil’s sudorific properties may help to strengthen and stimulate the immune system to increase its ability to fight off infection. It does this by promoting perspiration to eliminate internal bodily toxins. Known to have anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, this soothing oil provides relief to minor burns, sores, bites, and cuts by decreasing pain, inhibiting bleeding, eliminating bacteria from the wound, and promoting the faster healing of wounds and scars. Tea Tree Oil relieves muscle aches as well as pain associated with illness and arthritis.

 

  1. TEA TREE MASSAGE OIL BLEND TO BOOST IMMUNITY
Ingredient Amount
Carrier Oil of personal preference 120 ml (4 fl. oz.)
Tea Tree Essential Oil 10 drops
Geranium Essential Oil 10 drops
Lemon Essential Oil 8 drops
Thyme Essential Oil 8 drops
Myrrh Essential Oil 6 drops
Elemi Essential Oil 5 drops

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix the essential oils in a dark glass or PET plastic bottle.
  2. Dilute the blend by adding the carrier oil.
  3. Massage over the body for a boost to the immune system.

 

  1. TEA TREE AND PEPPERMINT MASSAGE OIL BLEND TO SOOTHE TIRED FEET
Ingredient Amount
Sweet Almond Carrier Oil 60 ml (2 fl. oz.)
Tea Tree Essential Oil 12 drops
Peppermint Essential Oil 12 drops

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add all oils to a dark 120 ml (4 fl. oz.) glass bottle and shake well to blend thoroughly.
  2. Gently massage the blend into feet and toes.

 


 

USING TEA TREE OIL IN A BATH: FOR EASY BREATHING & SOOTHING INFLAMMATION

When used in a bath, Tea Tree Essential Oil stimulates the body’s immune function through its antifungal and antibacterial properties, which combats the harmful effects of contaminants on the skin by inhibiting bacterial growth and reproduction. It heals skin conditions, such as Athlete’s Foot, while soothing burns and cuts. Its antiseptic properties eliminate bodily toxins and disinfect pores to prevent clogging that can lead to acne-prone skin. It can lighten scars while replenishing the skin’s natural oil balance.

Inhaling the fragrance of bath water scented with Tea Tree Oil can relieve inflammation that causes not only a sore body but also sinus pressure and headaches. Its decongestant and expectorant properties make Tea Tree Essential Oil beneficial for reducing or relieving respiratory issues such as coughs, colds, and the flu. It does this by loosening phlegm and mucus in the nose and throat to facilitate their elimination. Its anti-bacterial activity fights respiratory infections and inflammation from ailments such as bronchitis, laryngitis, and tonsillitis.

 

  1. TEA TREE BATH BLEND FOR SORE MUSCLES
Ingredient Amount
Epsom Salt 1 cup
Dead Sea Salt ¼ cup
Baking Soda ¼ cup
Tea Tree Essential Oil 10 drops

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pour Epsom Salt into a clean mixing bowl.
  2. Add Dead Sea Salt to the Epsom Salt. Mix well.
  3. Add Baking Soda to the salts. Mix well.
  4. Add Tea Tree Essential Oil. Mix well.
  5. Spoon the final product into clean jars (such as canning or jam jars).
  6. When adding the salts to a warm bath, ensure complete dissolution in water to avoid slipping.
  7. Depending on the size of the bathtub, use between ¼ to ½ cup of this salt blend per bath.
  8. Relax and enjoy the relief from congestion, sore muscles, and inflammation.

 

  1. TEA TREE FOOT BATH BLEND TO FIGHT FOOT ODOR
Ingredient Amount
Water 8 cups (2 L) (70 fl. oz)
Rosemary Sprigs 2
Tea Tree Oil 15 drops
Carrier Oil (Grapeseed, Almond, Jojoba, Olive suggested) 2 ½ Tbsp.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Fill a large container or spa foot bath with 8 cups (2 L) of hot water.
  2. Steep sprigs of Rosemary in this water for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Blend the Tea Tree Oil into the Carrier Oil.
  4. When the Rosemary herbs have been immersed for 10-15 minutes, add the Tea Tree and carrier oil blend to the water.
  5. Soak feet for 15 minutes twice daily.
  6. If the oil and water separate during the soak, simply swish the water around with feet.
  7. Towel dry feet and apply moisturizer.

 


 

USING TEA TREE OIL IN COSMETICS: TO CLEANSE AND SOOTHE

Tea Tree Essential Oil restores the complexion and improves the look and feel of blemished skin by cleansing, purifying and toning skin, soothing irritations, slowing the look of aging with its powerful anti-oxidant action, and improving the look of pores. When combined with other essential oils and diluted, Tea Tree can also be used in a toner for balancing oily skin. In hair care, Tea Tree Oil is known to be an antiseptic that effectively eliminates lice and nits. By soothing dry, flaking skin this fungicidal oil can refresh and moisturize the scalp to eliminate dandruff while boosting circulation, thereby stimulating the growth of hair.

 

  1. TEA TREE SHAMPOO BLEND FOR OILY HAIR
Ingredient Amount
Tea Tree Essential Oil 25 drops
Basil Essential Oil 15 drops
Grapeseed Carrier Oil 2 Tbsp.
Shampoo Base 1 cup
Raw Organic Honey ¼ cup
Vitamin E Oil 1 Tbsp.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients in a dark glass container/jar.
  2. Screw the jar lid on tightly and shake the jar to thoroughly blend all ingredients.
  3. Store finished product in a cool place.

 

  1. TEA TREE OIL SALVE FOR LIPS AND SORE MUSCLES
Ingredient Amount
Tea Tree Essential Oil 1 Tbsp.
Beeswax 9 g (1/3 oz.)
Olive Carrier Oil 1/3 cup

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Fill a medium-sized pan with 3 cups of water (or enough water to immerse the bottom half of an 8-ounce mason jar).
  2. Place the pan on the stove over medium heat.
  3. In an 8-ounce mason jar, combine the Olive Oil and the beeswax.
  4. Place the jar containing the blend into the pan of water to create a double boiler.
  5. Heat the blend until the beeswax melts.
  6. Stir the Olive Oil and beeswax mixture to ensure a thorough combination.
  7. Once the beeswax is completely melted, add the Tea Tree Essential Oil.
  8. Pour blend into metal tins or tubes, leaving an opening.
  9. When salve is cool to the touch, apply to lips, scratches, insect bites, bee stings, itchy spots, dry skin, and sore muscles.

 

TIP

  • This salve can be made entirely with a double boiler; using a mason jar simply creates less of a mess.

 

  1. TEA TREE AND LEMONGRASS DEODORANT BAR
Ingredient Amount
Tea Tree Essential Oil 15 drops
Lemongrass Essential Oil (or another essential oil of personal preference) 15 drops
Beeswax 2 Tbsp.
Shea Butter ¼ cup
Coconut Oil ¼ cup
Baking Soda 2 Tbsp.
Cornstarch 2 Tbsp.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a heat-safe bowl, combine the Beeswax, Shea Butter, and Coconut Oil.
  2. Place a small saucepan filled with a couple of inches of water on the stove over low heat.
  3. Place the bowl on top of the pan to melt the wax and oils.
  4. Remove the bowl from the heat to stir in the Baking Soda and Cornstarch.
  5. Add in the essential oils and combine the mixture thoroughly.
  6. Pour the mixture into soap or lotion bar molds (ice cube trays, loaf pans, silicone molds or other Tupperware will also work), and allow them to harden for several hours.

 

TIP

  • To make moisturizing lotion bars, leave out the Baking Soda and Cornstarch.
  • Due to the absence of water in this recipe, the final product will last for a minimum of 1 year.

 

  1. ROSEMARY AND TEA TREE OIL BODY BUTTER
Ingredient Amount
Shea Butter 5 Tbsp.
Mango Butter 5 Tbsp.
Jojoba Oil 1/8 cup
Tea Tree Essential Oil 8 drops
Rosemary Essential Oil 8 drops

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a mixing bowl, beat together all the ingredients using a whisk or hand blender until thoroughly combined and smooth.
  2. Scoop the body butter into a tightly sealed container and store it in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.
  3. To use, scoop a small amount into hands and massage into dry areas of skin.

 


 

A LIST OF ESSENTIAL OILS AND INGREDIENTS IN THIS RECIPE ARTICLE

 

Lemon Essential Oil: This stimulating oil is known to detoxify, disinfect, and induce sleep. Its ability to calm and relieve stress contributes to its ability to boost immunity, which prevents fevers and infections. It is an anti-fungal oil that is known to rejuvenate skin by soothing irritations, increasing skin luster, and reducing excessive oil.

 

Peppermint Essential Oil: This oil is popular for its cooling scent that improves focus and mental clarity, boosts energy, clears the respiratory tract, and releases muscle tightness. It is used to soothe and reduce aches and digestive problems. Its anti-microbial property protects the body against bacteria.

 

Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Eucalyptus Essential Oil is a purifying, cleansing, clarifying, and immune-boosting oil that is ideal for use on skin, for use in aromatherapy, and as a surface cleaning agent and a fabric freshener. Eucalyptus Oil has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, and antiseptic qualities, among other valuable properties.

 

Vicks Vapor Rub: This salve contains Camphor and Menthol, which contribute to its ability to temporarily relieve minor aches and pains in muscles and joints. Its minty scent promotes easy breathing by decongesting the nasal passages and relieves headaches. It clears up acne, moisturizes skin, and soothes itchiness and inflammation.

 

Geranium Essential Oil: The sweet, floral scent of this uplifting oil offers relaxation to the body and mind. It is known to improve mental function and to boost the moods of those who suffer from anger, anxiety, and depression.

 

Thyme Essential Oil: This oil is known to be one of the strongest antioxidants and as such it supports the immune system. By eliminating infections, it treats colds and coughs, detoxifies the body, decongests the nose and chest, increases circulation, and supports the digestive system. Thyme Essential Oil is also beneficial for naturally balancing hormones, reducing anxiety, and relieving insomnia.

 

Myrrh Essential Oil: This antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-fungal essential oil is beneficial for reducing the appearance of aging due to its ability to rejuvenate skin, heal wounds, and soothe inflammation. Its expectorant property reduces phlegm, thereby relieving cough and cold symptoms such as congestion.

 

Elemi Essential Oil: This analgesic oil relieves the pain associated with colds, fevers, sprains, headaches, and muscular aches. Its strong expectorant properties relieve chest and nasal congestion to promote easier breathing. As an antiseptic, it defends the body against infection caused by bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

 

Sweet Almond Carrier Oil: This carrier oil provides an intense hydration suitable for all skin types. This skin-softening lubricant is almost odorless and is packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins, and essential fatty acids. Skin will look and feel nourished and revitalized.

 

Epsom Salt: These salts are known to facilitate the expulsion of toxins from the body, relieve stress, promote relaxation, soothe inflammation, and enhance the body’s nutrient absorption.

 

Dead Sea Salt: These salts are known to balance skin’s moisture, boost circulation, relieve muscle pain, improve metabolic functions, and detoxify.

 

Rosemary Sprigs: This antibacterial and antifungal herb helps to not only eliminate and prevent odors but to also reduce inflammation and relieve pain. By boosting immunity, it protects the body from bacterial infections and eliminates toxins. It is also known to stimulate circulation, heal skin conditions, and slow the appearance of aging.

 

Carrier Oil: Carrier oils help to dilute essential oils before topical application, as their potency can be harmful when used in high concentrations without dilution. Carrier oils also help essential oils remain on the skin longer without quickly evaporating.

 

Basil Essential Oil: This antibacterial and anti-fungal oil is known to enhance the look and feel of hair and skin by eliminating excess oil and buildup while adding shine. It soothes itching, boosts circulation, and disinfects.

 

Grapeseed Carrier Oil: This is a light, fast-absorbing oil that promotes the speedy healing of wounds and minimizes the look of scarring. It is odorless and is not known to stain sheets. Grapeseed promotes the excretion of most toxins from the body thus boosting blood circulation.

 

Raw Organic Honey: This type of honey is full of enzymes and nutrients that add shine to dull hair without leaving it feeling heavy. As a humectant, it draws in and allows hair to retain moisture while also strengthening it and promoting healthier growth.

 

Vitamin E Liquid: This powerful antioxidant reduces inflammation, repairs hair damage, and promotes better circulation to boost healthier growth.

 

Beeswax: When added to creams and butters, Beeswax acts as a thickening agent and makes them more spreadable on the skin. By exfoliating skin and helping it retain moisture, Beeswax prevents skin from drying out and promotes the appearance of rejuvenated skin. This wax naturally has the scent of honey and can calm and soothe.

 

Olive Carrier Oil: This strengthening oil introduces weight and moisture to hair, sealing it in. It repairs split ends and smoothes the look of frizz. By conditioning, treating dandruff, and removing the buildup that prevents the growth of new hair, it improves the health and appearance of hair.

 

Lemongrass Essential Oil: This calming oil is commonly used to relieve anxiety, irritability, and sleeplessness, improving the length and quality of sleep.

 

Shea Butter: This nourishing butter is full of vitamins and fatty acids, making it an excellent moisturizer for skin. While moisturizing and repairing skin, it protects natural oils and boosts collagen.

 

Coconut Oil: This oil mixes well with other oils in a product and extends the product’s shelf life. It penetrates the skin quickly and adds moisture without clogging pores. Coconut Oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties and helps combat unpleasant odors.

 

Baking Soda: This finely powdered salt is known to be an excellent exfoliant that can remove dead skin cells while also balancing the skin’s pH level, which helps maintain clear, even-toned skin. Baking Soda is able to absorb moisture and eliminate the bacteria that contribute to unpleasant body odors. It helps to detoxify the body and soften the skin to make it smooth.

 

Cornstarch: This scent-free powder soothes skin irritations such as sunburn and topical allergies. By absorbing moisture, it prevents body odors from forming.

 

Mango Butter: This non-greasy butter absorbs easily into the skin to soften and deeply moisturize. Its anti-oxidant properties reduce the appearance of wrinkles, making it an anti-aging moisturizer. Mango Butter is also known for its anti-inflammatory property and for protecting skin from UV radiation.

 

Jojoba Oil: This carrier oil is actually a liquid wax that resembles sebum, which is produced by human skin glands and which acts as a conditioning agent for skin. It is best known for preventing skin irritations and for its ability to balance skin’s oil production by removing excess oil. It locks in skin’s moisture and protects it from harsh environmental elements.

 

Rosemary Essential Oil: This pain-relieving oil stimulates blood circulation, which makes it a popular remedy for arthritis, muscle and joint pains, and headaches. It promotes faster healing for wounds by facilitating the process of coagulation.

Tea Tree Oil: Benefits, Uses

From antiseptic mouthwash to natural deodorant, tea tree oil is an essential oil with a multitude of uses and benefits. It tends to be pale yellow or colorless, with an aroma that is similar to eucalyptus or camphor and boasts antibacterial, antiprotozoal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties. Here’s a deep-dive into all that it can do.

What Is Tea Tree Oil?

Tea tree oil is distilled from the leaves of an evergreen shrub called Melaleuca alternifolia. The plant is native to Australia and used by Aboriginal people for cleaning wounds and other skin problems.

Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has a 100-year history as a natural remedy. The Bundjalung Aboriginal people would crush the leaves to create a paste to apply to the skin. They also made tea from the leaves to soothe a sore throat.

Amazing Antibacterial Properties

The antibacterial properties of tea tree oil have been studied since the 1940s. Bacteria, including Streptococcus pyogenes (strep) and Escherichia coli (e. Coli), have been tested in the lab to see how they react to the oil. Researchers found that the oil may target the cell membranes of bacteria and destroy them.

Tea tree oil might have a helpful role against antibiotic resistance. Bacteria are becoming more resistant to antibiotics, so finding alternative solutions is crucial. In several experiments, bacteria didn’t show resistance to tea tree oil.

Healing Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Tea tree oil contains the compound terpinene-4-ol, which is associated with anti-inflammatory benefits. One experiment found that terpinene-4-ol could reduce inflammation caused by mites that attack the skin and eyes. This compound was able to suppress the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which are signaling molecules that promote inflammation in the body.

Surprising Antifungal Properties

Another benefit of this essential oil is its antifungal property. It may be helpful in getting rid of fungi such as mold, ringworm, or nail fungus. Researchers have focused on tea tree oil’s ability to fight the overgrowth of Candida, a type of yeast. It appears to attack the cell membranes of yeast by damaging them and making them nonfunctional. Again, the active component in tea tree oil, terpinene-4-ol, plays a role in destroying fungi. It’s not the only compound involved, however, as 1,8-cineole also helps break down the cell membranes.

Unique Antiprotozoal Properties

Protozoa are single-celled organisms such as amoeba. They are parasitic and can cause infections in people. For example, the protozoan Plasmodium falciparum causes malaria and kills 660,000 people every year. In several studies, tea tree oil has shown that it can kill protozoa. This antiprotozoal activity is linked to terpinene-4-ol.

Useful Antiviral Properties

Researchers have discovered antiviral properties in tea tree oil. One study, at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, focused on the herpes simplex virus, which can cause cold sores, and showed that tea tree oil reduced the total viral load from infection. Another study at the University of Catania in Italy looked at the ability of tea tree oil to stop the influenza virus from replicating. Once again, it appears that the compounds terpinene-4-ol and 1,8-cineole are crucial in these activities.

The Top 5 Tea Tree Oil Uses

For more than a century, people have used this oil for different ailments, ranging from eczema to athlete’s foot. Although researchers are still trying to catch up by investigating the full range of tea tree oil uses, the following benefits have been measured.

1. Improving Your Hair

Some of the most popular tea tree oil uses involve the hair. For instance, one study from the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Australia found that a 5 percent tea tree oil shampoo resulted in a 41 percent improvement in dandruff. Not only does the essential oil reduce dandruff, but it may also help suffocate head lice. The shampoo also decreased greasiness and itchiness.

According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, some people find relief from scalp psoriasis by using tea tree oil shampoo.

You can purchase tea tree oil shampoo or make your own. One of the easiest methods is to add the essential oil to your existing shampoo.

Ingredients

  • Your favorite shampoo
  • Tea tree essential oil

Directions

  1. Add two drops of tea tree essential oil per one ounce of your shampoo.
  2. Make sure the lid is secure on the shampoo bottle.
  3. Shake vigorously.
  4. Use the shampoo as you normally would.
  5. Rinse your hair with water.

Keep in mind that tea tree essential oil is highly concentrated and should never be used directly on the scalp. Always dilute it by mixing it with shampoo or a carrier oil such as olive oil.

2. Encouraging a Clear Complexion

Tea tree oil is present in many skin care products, such as face washes. A study from the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital that compared 5 percent tea tree oil gel to 5 percent benzoyl peroxide lotion found that both products improved acne. Although tea tree oil had a slower onset, it also had fewer side effects. In another study, researchers compared 5 percent tea tree oil gel to placebo and saw a significant improvement in acne among those who used the gel.

Since we encourage using skin-care products free of harsh chemicals, here is an easy recipe to make your own:

Ingredients

  • Raw honey
  • Tea tree essential oil

Directions

  1. Add two drops of tea tree essential oil to one tablespoon of honey.
  2. Mix the ingredients to create a paste.
  3. Apply to your face. Make sure you avoid your eyes and mouth.
  4. Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Wash your face with water.

Try to find raw, organic and natural honey without added chemicals that can irritate the skin. You can also add a small amount of baking soda, such as half a teaspoon, to the paste for an additional antibacterial boost to fight blemishes.

3. Soothing Eczema

Many of the common tea tree oil uses focus on helping skin conditions, including eczema. When researchers at the Skåne University Hospital in Sweden compared tea tree oil to other topical products used to treat skin problems, they found that it was effective. The soothing actions of terpinene-4-ol in this essential oil can also help reduce the irritation caused by eczema.

Skin ointments, creams, and gels that contain tea tree oil are available for purchase, but you can also create your own.

Ingredients

  • Carrier oil such as olive, coconut, jojoba or other oil
  • Tea tree essential oil

Directions

  1. Since you can’t apply undiluted tea tree essential oil directly to the skin, you need to mix it with a carrier oil. Suitable options include olive, coconut, jojoba or another oil.
  2. Add one drop of tea tree essential oil for every 12 drops of carrier oil. Mix them.
  3. Apply to the skin, avoiding the eyes and mouth.

4. Getting Rid of Bad Breath

One tea tree oil benefit is its ability to eliminate bad breath or halitosis. Usually, bad breath is caused by bacteria so the antibacterial properties of this essential oil can help get rid of it. When researchers in India compared different essential oils and looked at tea tree oil uses, they discovered that using it resulted in a significant reduction of oral bacteria.

It’s important to remember that you don’t want to swallow any tea tree oil. It’s not safe to ingest because it can cause serious problems such as confusion and the loss of muscle coordination.

You can find toothpaste and mouthwash that include tea tree oil as an ingredient. You can also add it to your regular toothpaste or mouthwash.

Ingredients

  • Your favorite fluoride-free toothpaste or mouthwash
  • Tea tree essential oil

Directions

  1. Add one drop of tea tree oil to the toothpaste on your toothbrush.
  2. Add two drops of tea tree essential oil to one cup of mouthwash.
  3. Use the products as you normally would.
  4. Rinse your mouth with water.

5. Fighting Athlete’s Foot

Researchers at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital looked at 104 patients and found that a cream that contained 10 percent tea tree oil was just as effective as 1 percent tolnaftate for reducing the symptoms of athlete’s foot. Another study at the same hospital showed that patients who used a 25 percent or 50 percent tea tree oil solution had an improvement in their athlete’s foot symptoms.

Although there are over-the-counter creams and ointments for fungal infections, it’s easy to make your own natural formula.

Ingredients

  • Carrier oil such as olive, coconut, jojoba or other oil
  • Tea tree essential oil

Directions

  1. Don’t apply undiluted tea tree essential oil directly to the skin, mix it with a carrier oil like olive, coconut, or jojoba oil.
  2. Add one drop of tea tree essential oil for every 12 drops of carrier oil. Mix them.
  3. Add one drop of oil of oregano and mix.
  4. Apply to the skin.
  5. Wash your hands thoroughly, avoid touching your eyes or mouth.

How to Apply Tea Tree Oil

You must use a diluted form of tea tree oil, never apply undiluted oil directly to the skin in its concentrated form. It’s best to dilute it with a suitable carrier such as jojoba or coconut oil. You can do this by adding one drop of tea tree oil to 12 drops of carrier oil.

Dermatologists recommend that people with sensitive skin use this product with caution. In some cases, it can make skin irritation worse. Apply it to a small patch of skin first to check for any reactions.

Today, widespread knowledge of tea tree oil benefits means it’s available in many products. You can find it in shampoos, conditioners, lotions, creams, gels, bath oils, and ointments. The essential oil version, however, is the most versatile since you can dilute it and add it to many products.

Are There Side Effects to Using Tea Tree Oil?

In general, most tea tree oil uses are considered safe and don’t have serious side effects. Rarely, people develop an allergic reaction, skin rash, or irritation after using it. If you notice any problems, discontinue use immediately and consult your healthcare practitioner.

There are many practical uses for tea tree oil and it’s far from the only essential oil with a lot to offer. Consider learning more about other essential oils and how they can benefit you and your life.

How to Make Aloe-Based Sweet Basil Hand Cleanser

Have you ever touched a surface that felt a little sticky or dirty, and then been unable to fully relax until you washed your hands or used a hand cleanser?

Sweet Basil essential oil knows the feeling!

For Sweet Basil, cleanliness and peace of mind tend to go hand in hand. It’s good at both inspiring mental clarity and helping to reduce germs so you feel healthy. You can make a hand cleanser with aloe vera gel and Sweet Basil essential oil that accomplishes both of these things, and use it anytime, anywhere. You don’t have to run and find the nearest sink!

This recipe also includes Tea Tree and Clary Sage essential oils. It has a clean, fresh, herbal scent.

Sweet Basil’s Super Fresh Hand Cleanser

  • 1 oz (28 g) aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
  • 6 drops Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum linalol)
  • 9 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • 3 drops Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)

Make this blend in a 1 oz (30 ml) bottle. Combine the aloe and essential oils, shake well, and use a small amount to rub into your hands and cleanse them, even when you don’t have a sink and soap nearby.

Aloe-based hand cleanser is so convenient, and it doesn’t tend to dry out skin as much as alcohol-based cleansers can. You can even make a version of this blend for kids—it’s very easy for children who are over five years old to use, and can help them stay healthy at school or daycare.

Here’s a version with a low kid-friendly drop count:

  • 1 oz (28 g) aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
  • 2 drops Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum linalol)
  • 3 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • 1 drop Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)

Once you’ve made your first aloe-based hand cleanser, you might get inspired and want to make more!

Essential Oil Hand Cleanser for Kids

This essential oil hand cleanser uses skin-nourishing ingredients, including aloe vera gel, so it’s gentler than alcohol-based hand sanitizers you can find in stores.

I know a lot of parents and caretakers who are big fans of this hand cleanser. They like that it’s natural and that kids can keep it with them and use it on their own without having to ask a grown-up. It’s so empowering for kids and it helps keep their hands clean—a great combination!

This recipe is just right for kids who are at least five years old. You can make it in a 2 oz (60 ml) PET plastic bottle, which is small enough to fit in a child’s backpack or bag without taking up too much space. The PET plastic is very strong and won’t break with rough use. (PET plastic is known as a non-reactive plastic that doesn’t leach. In cases where glass isn’t ideal, PET plastic is a good choice.)

My Hands Are Clean!

  • Just under 2 oz (60 ml) Aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
  • 2 ml Solubol dispersant
  • 4 drops Tea Tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • 4 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 2 drops Cedarwood essential oil (Juniperus virginiana)

To make it, combine all the ingredients together in the PET plastic bottle. Screw on the lid and shake it gently.

To use it, just spray some essential oil hand cleanser into your palm, and rub your hands together. It feels so good when your skin is dry! I like to use my aloe-based hand cleansers as moisturizers too. (I love that so many Aromatherapy products we can make have multiple uses!)

For kids younger than five, or if you don’t want to use essential oils, you can make a hand cleanser with pure hydrosols.

My Little Hands Are Clean Too!

  • 1 oz (30 ml) Peppermint hydrosol (Mentha x piperita)
  • 1 oz (30 ml) Lavender hydrosol (Lavandula angustifolia)

This one doesn’t double as a hand moisturizer . . . but it can double as a surface cleaner in a pinch! It’s great to have “on hand” (haha!) when you’re eating at a restaurant and want to wipe down the table top.

There are different approaches to using essential oils with little children. The Aromahead Approach for kids under five is extra cautious. For topical use, we prefer to use hydrosols, butters and carrier oils.

Babies’ and young children’s skin can be so sensitive that essential oils can easily become overwhelming for them. Hydrosols, butters, and carrier oils can often give a child the nudge they need toward rebalancing their health

I recommend making these blends fresh every few weeks.

What Are the Best Essential Oils for Sunburn?

Too much exposure to UV sunlight can overwhelm the body’s immune system, resulting in sunburn. Some essential oils contain compounds that reduce the symptoms of sunburn and promote healing.

Many active ingredients found in essential oils have more than one positive regenerative, or protective effect. As most essential oils contain more than one active ingredient, many have a long list of potentially associated health benefits.

Here we will look at eight of the best essential oils for sunburn and what the science says about them, along with more information.

Fast facts on essential oils for sunburn:

  • Many essential oils have long been used in traditional and herbal medicines.
  • Researchers are still testing the therapeutic and clinical use of essential oils.
  • The most common side effect associated with the use of essential oils is skin irritation.

What does the scientific evidence say?

Essential oil being dripped into a bottle
The risk of sunburn might be reduced by using vitamin E essential oil, as it may absorb UV rays.

To date, no large-scale human studies exploring the association between essential oil use and sunburn healing have been carried out.

Many smaller-scale studies have shown promising results, however.

Case study from the Journal of Pediatric Nursing

2017 study looked at two young girls with similarly extensive burns, medical histories, and treatment, but one girl was also given an essential oil mixture.

The girl who received the oil treatment developed only one hospital-acquired infection compared to the other girl who developed two infections in her bloodstream and four hospital-acquired infections.

Also, the girl receiving oil treatment stayed in the intensive care unit for 1 day less and in the hospital a total of 4 days less than the other girl. This is a small study, and more extensive studies are needed, but this does provide some evidence for the use of essential oils in the treatment of burns.

Eight best essential oils for sunburn

Of the few studies exploring the benefits of essential oils for sunburn recovery, most have concluded that oils need to be applied as soon as possible after sunburn to receive the benefits.

Most studies also support the recommendation that essential oils should not be applied to areas where the skin is very thin or near heavily hormone-regulated organs, like the genitals, eyelids, mouth, and breasts.

1. Vitamin E essential oil

Some studies have suggested that vitamin E may reduce the risk of sunburn by:

  • acting as an antioxidant
  • absorbing UV rays
  • helping thicken the outermost layer of the skin

Vitamin E essential oil has also been shown to help improve the ability of the skin to maintain moisture and reduce inflammation.

The only known side effect associated with vitamin E essential oil use is minor skin irritation. Always dilute essential oils.

2. Vitamin C essential oil

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, has been shown to have several benefits that may help reduce symptoms of sunburn and improve healing time.

Studied health benefits of ascorbic acid include:

  • protecting against UVA and UVB rays
  • improving inflammatory skin symptoms and conditions
  • improving collagen production, the compound that gives skin its elasticity
  • correcting pigmentation problems to improve the skin’s natural protection against UV rays

The only known complication associated with vitamin C oil used topically is skin flushing, or redness and warmth.

3. Peppermint essential oil

Though peppermint (Mentha piperita) contains several active ingredients with known health benefits, the most powerful by far is menthol.

Studied health benefits of menthol include:

  • anti-inflammatory
  • antibacterial
  • antifungal
  • antiseptic (able to kill or discourage the growth of infectious agents)
  • vasoconstrictor, narrowing inflamed blood vessels

Quality peppermint oil should contain at least 44 percent free menthol.

The only known side effect associated with menthol is minor skin irritation and redness.

4. Lavender essential oil

Lavender essential oils with fresh lavender
Lavender essential oil may have properties that are anti-inflammatory, which may reduce redness and swelling.

Extracts from the lavender plant (Lavandula officinalis) have at least seven active ingredients known to promote skin regeneration and boost immune function.

Lavender essential oil is also known to have properties that are:

  • antibacterial
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antifungal

This helps reduce symptoms of pain, redness, and swelling while also lowering the risk of infection.

Lavender has been associated with the growth of breasts in very young or pubescent boys. However, symptoms went away within a few months after individuals stopped using the oil.

Possible symptoms of lavender allergy include:

  • skin rash
  • nausea and vomiting
  • chills
  • fever
  • headache
  • substantial inflammation or swelling of the skin

In rare cases, lavender has also been known to cause an allergic response.

5. Tea tree essential oil

Extract from the needle-like leaves of the tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) plant has been used as a herbal remedy for a variety of health problems including most skin conditions.

The active ingredients in tea tree oil give it properties that are:

  • anti-inflammatory
  • immune boosting
  • antibacterial
  • antifungal
  • antiviral

Tea tree oil has been associated in rare cases with serious complications. Known side effects of tea tree oil use include:

  • red, itching, burning skin
  • eczema
  • very dry skin
  • scaling skin
  • fluid build up in or under the skin
  • weakness
  • stomach pain
  • unexplained weakness
  • slow or unsteady movements
  • in some individuals, tea tree oil can cause a blistering disorder
  • counteract other medications
  • unusual blood changes

6. Geranium essential oil

Extracts from the shrub geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) contains at least 12 active ingredients that have properties that are:

  • antibacterial
  • anti-microbial
  • anti-cancer
  • anti-inflammatory

Geranium oil has also been proven useful as a sedative and nerve tonic, so may provide even more powerful pain relief from sunburn.

Skin irritation is the only known side effect associated with geranium oil use.

7. Chamomile essential oil

Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) has been used for centuries, potentially even thousands of years, as a multi-use herbal remedy because of its soothing and calming properties.

With more than 10 active ingredients that have known health benefits, chamomile oil has established anti-inflammatory properties. It has also been shown to promote or increase wound healing.

Chamomile essential oil is considered a staple herbal remedy and used for a wide array of skin conditions, including boils, sunburn, and psoriasis.

Though rare, chamomile has been known to cause a full body allergic response.

8. Eucalyptus essential oil

Eucalyptus essential oil
Eucalyptus essential oil may help with sunburn recovery.

Extracts from the evergreen plant eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus), is known to contain compounds proven to be:

  • antioxidant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antibacterial

They have also been shown to have anti-proliferative, or anti-cancer, action, by preventing the spread of cancerous cells. Do not take eucalyptus oil orally.

Though they rarely occur, eucalyptus oil has been linked to several side effects including:

  • allergic rash
  • drowsiness
  • difficulty breathing, especially in children
  • drug interactions

Are there any side effects

Never swallow essential oils as some are toxic.

Essential oils should never be applied directly to the skin or mixed with water. Before applying essential oils to their skin, people must dilute the oils in a carrier oil. The usual recipe is 3 to 5 drops of essential oil to 1 ounce of carrier oil.

Carrier oils are commonly mineral oil, coconut oil, or sweet almond oil. Essential oils can also be infused into the air to be inhaled as aromatherapy.

Complications associated with the use of essential oils include:

  • skin sensitization or irritation, especially to oils that contain phenols and aldehydes
  • photosensitivity, or sensitivity to the sun
  • eye and mucous membrane irritation
  • in rare cases, allergy
  • if oils are inhaled, they may also cause mild lung, throat, or mouth irritation
  • if ingested may cause mild gastrointestinal discomfort

The United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) do not monitor herbs and essential oils, so before buying, it is always best to research brands for quality, purity, and a good reputation.

Who should not use essential oils?

Individuals more at risk for developing side effects, or who should avoid essential oil use, include:

  • pregnant or breastfeeding women
  • people with immune or inflammatory conditions, especially involving the skin
  • people with pigment or photosensitive disorders
  • people with allergies to common essential oil compounds, such as alcohols and aldehydes
  • infants and young boys
  • essential oils should not be taken orally

More at-home remedies for sunburn

Natural items can be added to mixtures or used alongside essential oils to reduce sunburn symptoms and healing time.

Common additives used in at-home sunburn remedies include:

  • aloe vera
  • apple cider vinegar
  • coconut oil
  • milk
  • black tea
  • oatmeal
  • baking soda
  • yogurt

Vodka Is the Secret to This Powerful DIY Deodorant

It’s a sad truth—sometimes you don’t realize you forgot to put on deodorant until after you’ve already started sweating. Swiping a solid stick over that swampy mess isn’t ideal, especially since it’s likely bacteria has already started stewing.

The solution? Reach for a spray. Our easy DIY deodorant will keep you cool and dry, with no need to worry about aerosol cans or chemicals. No T-shirt–staining aluminum, butane, artificial fragrances, or toxic alcohols either.

But just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. This is a super-simple, incredibly effective formula. Since sweat contains some lipids and proteins that feed the bacteria on your skin—the process that leads to funky odors—antifungal and antibacterial tea tree oil is added to keep the underarm area clean. Lavender contributes more antiseptic power, plus it softly dilutes the strong scent of tea tree.

The third ingredient is a surprising one, but it’s important for harnessing the properties of the oils: high-proof vodka. We know from chemistry class that oil and water don’t mix. A tiny bit of alcohol acts as an emulsifier—and the stronger it is the better the oil dissolution. (So, better break out the hard stuff.) This solution will help to evenly distribute the oil throughout the mixture once water is added. (While diffusing essential oils with water works fine in many cases, for bacteria- and odor-fighting, getting the maximum power out of the oils is best.)

Ready to try this super easy DIY deodorant spray?

TEA TREE LAVENDER DEODORANT SPRAY

Ingredients
½ ounce high-proof vodka
16 drops lavender oil
24 drops tea tree oil
3 ounces water

Directions
Pour vodka into a glass spray bottle. Drop in essential oils and swish the mixture well. Just add water, shake well, and spray!