Multi-Use Product: Tea Tree Oil

I have a dog who has “sensitive” skin.  If she doesn’t eat the right food and get bathed with the right shampoo, she gets itchy. She’ll scratch herself until her fur has bare spots.  That’s how I first discovered tea tree oil.  It turns out the humans in my home can use it as much as my dog does.  Here’s a quick list of its uses…

Antiseptic. Use it to sanitize household items, treat scrapes and burns.

Blemish treatment

Household cleaner. 2 teaspoons tea tree oil, 2 cups water in a spray bottle.

Insect repellant. 15 drops in a quart of water.

Insect bite treatment

Anti-fungal treatment of athlete’s foot

Itchy scalp & dandruff treatment.  Add it to your shampoo – 10 drops per 8 oz. of shampoo.

Vaporizer additive.  Add it to relieve congestion and sinus infection discomfort.

Remove musty odor.  Spray clothing items that have been in storage with a mix of 2 tablespoons oil, 2 cups water.


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Keep in mind:  Some products labeled “tea tree oil” may not be 100% tea tree oil, like the product sold at The Body Shop.  The easiest way to get pure tea tree oil is to get it at a drug store.  It’s probably near the other antiseptic or itch-relief products.  It costs around $10 for a small bottle, but a little goes a long way, in most cases.


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  1. Brittany Araki

     /  July 21, 2012

    Useful as shampoo as well.


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