Tired of pimples, itchy bug bites, and bad breath? If so, make tea tree oil the new favorite of your essential oil collection. Hailing from Australia, tea tree oil has antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal properties that make it an all-purpose necessity for body and home care. Learn about 3 amazing uses for tea tree oil and what they can do for you!
3 Uses for Tea Tree Oil
That pimple that seemed to appear overnight can be quickly managed by dribbling one or two drops of tea tree oil on a Q-tip or cotton swab and applying it directly to the pimple after washing your face. If you have sensitive skin, dilute the oil by adding a few droplets of water or carrier oil, such as jojoba oil, to the Q-tip or cotton swab before applying.
#2. Bug Bites
Planning a camping trip or a vacation to a tropical, yet mosquito-infested island? Prepare your own insect repellent beforehand, and keep tea tree oil handy to relieve itchiness and inflammation that accompany pesky bug bites in the event one creeps in. For the repellent, simply drop 25-30 drops of tea tree oil into a 4 oz spray bottle then fill with distilled water and 1 tbsp of rubbing alcohol to act as a mixing agent for the oil and water. Shake well and spray on clothes or uncovered body parts.
#3. Eliminate Bad Breath
Finally, to freshen your mouth and eliminate the bacterias that cause bad breath, turn again to the antimicrobial power of tea tree oil. It is thought to help with oral candidiasis and gingivitis as well as bad odor. Combine 1 cup of distilled water with 1 tsp of baking soda and 5-8 drops of tea tree oil and shake well. Shake well before each use, put a small amount into your mouth swish thoroughly, and be sure to always spit as tea tree oil is not safe to ingest.
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