Tea tree is one of my fav 'essential' oils. It's known for it’s deep cleansing properties. Here are my top 10 uses for around the home.
1. Keep a bottle in your bathroom and use it to cleanse makeup brushes and earrings 1x per week.
Try: Keep an old glass mason jar in your bathroom vanity. 1x per week, fill with warm water and add 2 drops of tea tree oil and optional 1 drop of lavender, geranium or onguard. Soak for 10 minutes and watch all the makeup and debris float off. Rinse your brushes well and place them on a paper towel to air dry.
Also, use a Q-tip with 1 drop of tea tree to rub down earrings and earring backs, for fresh, clean ears.
2. If you've had a breakout or experience them regularly, add 1-2 drops of tea tree to your weekly oil cleansing routine.
Do you oil cleanse? Check out this article here on oil cleansing: http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com. I personally oil cleanse 1-2x per week, and rotate between using tea tree, geranium, lavender, frankincense and/or lime essential oil, based on what I feel my skin needs. (And if you're wondering, use tea tree for break outs, geranium for combination skin, lavender for either everyday use or for calming / soothing sun exposed skin, frankincense to support scarring / skin rejuvenation and lime to brighten on tired days.) I believe this is one of the most beautiful, and effective self-care practices for mamas! Combine this with drinking 3 L of water daily and watch your skin glow, sans makeup.
3. I make my own hand soaps around the home and 90% of the time I add tea tree oil to my recipe. It's quick, easy and effective!
Try this: Grab a glass soap pump from your fav home store and add 2 squirts of castile soap (add to your next amazon order or pick up from the organic aisle of your local grocery store) then top with essential oils. My fav combination is 5 drops of tea tree oil, 3 drops of lemon, 3 drops of cypress and 2 drops of purify. Fill with warm water and you're set. You'll never have so much fun washing your hands.
4. In his book, emotional healing with essential oils, Daniel Macdonald refers to tea tree oil as the oil of energetic boundaries.
(Helloooooooo!) If you're a sensitive empath personality type like me, you may resonate. He notes the symbolism of people drawn to this oil : they may be drained of life-force energy, but not conscious of why. He says that tea tree invites the person to discover clarity on why they're feeling this way and invites in a conversation around purification and releasing toxic debris. Juicy!
5. Tea tree oil is antiseptic, antibacterial, antifuncal, anti-parasitic, and antiviral.
So use this baby in DIY recipes to clean your home. Get creative and have fun making your own. My favourite book with recipes is called 'The Essential Life' book and you can find it on amazon.
6. Mama bears. Do you cubs have lice?
Add 1 d of tea tree to the kids shampoo, lather for a few minutes and leave on. (Being careful it doesn't get in their eyes of course. No essential oils in eyes, within the ear canel, etc. If that were to happen, you would want to gently apply an oil such as coconut oil, instead of water). This recipe is also a great prevention method if there has been an outbreak at school.
7. Because it's antibacterial, tea tree (combined with lavender for extra punch) is great when used topically on the skin to clean for light cuts and wounds.
Try mixing 1-2 drops of tea tree with 1-2 drops of lavender in 1 tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil. Mix. Then apply to skin.
8. Fun fact: with 12 times the antiseptic power of a phenol, Australian aborigines have used tea tree for centuries, often crushing leaves in their hands and inhaling the aroma for seasonal threats.
Recipe: add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use on surfaces to protect against environmental threats.
9. Occasionally add 1-3 drops to your diffuser to cleanse and purify the air. Try mixing with 2 drops of lemon and 1 drop of purify or cypress for an extra punch.
This isn't something you would necessarily reach for on a daily basis, as it's too strong. Most days you'll reach for breathe essential oil, lavender, motivate blend etc. This baby is to support the cleansing of your home 1/2 x week!
10. Tea tree blends well with cypress, thyme and lavender.
Try a unique diffuser blend here or your own DIY recipe. Affirmation: "I trust the internal guidance I receive with respect to the oils I'm attracted to and how I'm called to use them."
Have fun oil babes!