I’m on this whole make-my-own-stuff-from-original-ingredients kick. Probably because I’m cheap. Probably because I want to be more eco-friendly. And probably because part of me wants to stick it to The Man. Haha.
I bought a bottle of Tea Tree oil online when I wanted to make my own mat cleaning solution. And the more I read about the antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree oil, the more uses I was finding for it around my house.
A little 4 fluid ounce bottle is lasting us a really long time. We’re barely a centimeter into the bottle since all the applications use a drop or two here and there. If you haven’t tried tea tree oil just yet, here are other ways you can make the most of the cost of a bottle.
Acne: Take a q-tip, drip 2 drops on it, then dip it in some water (I turn on the faucet and barely get it wet). Gently swab on zits. It tingles! From what I’ve read, it has the same effectiveness as benzoyl peroxide.
Mosquito bites (or any annoying bug bites): As soon as it gets above 80 degrees around here, the mosquitoes come out to find me and bite me. I won’t even pretend that I don’t scratch the bites because I do. Furiously. I do the same thing with 2 drops of tea tree oil + water on a q-tip as with acne treatment and apply to mosquito bites.
Congestion: Heat water in a bowl, add a couple drops of tea tree oil, place a towel over your head and breathe in the steam water. It helps open up sinus congestion. I’ve also read you can add a few drops into your neti pot solution to treat a sinus infection. **TEA TREE OIL SHOULD NOT BE INGESTED ORALLY.** I haven’t done the neti pot one because I’m worried about accidentally swallowing some, so use with caution!
Cuts and burns: 2 drops + water on a q-tip and apply to minor cuts and burns. The antiseptic properties will help keep the wound clean.
All-purpose cleaning solution: I can take the spray bottle version (2 tsp of tea tree oil for 2 cups of water) that I did to clean my mat and use it as an all-purpose cleaner around the house. I’ve seen some recipes that add a few drops to some Murphy’s oil soap.
Insect repellent: I definitely want to try this one out. Add 15 drops to a quart of water. I wonder if it would be effective to spray this around the perimeter of where you’ll be instead of leaving it sitting out. Someone try this out and let me know!
I’ve heard that some people are sensitive to tea tree oil, so don’t go overboard with the number of drops you add. It can irritate the skin or dry it out if you use too much at once. And absolutely do not ingest it.