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9 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

9 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is most commonly known as a way to treat acne that’s both natural and has a strong yet pleasant smell. But this amazing substance has many other uses, including skincare but also beyond, that make it a must-have item in your home. It can be toxic if taken orally, so keep out of reach of little ones or pets! And for best results, store it in a tinted bottle, as direct light can reduce its potency.

And now, here are nine ways you can use tea tree oil for your health and your home:

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1. Fight persistent body odor

Add a few drops to your deodorant before putting it on or mix a small amount into your baths to combat body odor that just won’t quit.

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    2. Make an all-purpose cleaner

    Most people recommend combining 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. If the smell is too strong for you, reducing the amount of tea tree oil is fine.

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      3. Loosen chest congestion and clear sinuses

      Add some drops of tea tree oil to a water vaporizer/humidifier and it will help clear your congestion.

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        4. Make laundry smell extra fresh

        A couple drops of tea tree oil in your laundry detergent when will leave your clothes smelling even cleaner.

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          5. Use as an insect-repellent

          Make a spray with a few drops and some water and spray around windows and doors or your outside seating areas to repel bugs.

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            6. Scrub bathroom tiles and bathtubs squeaky clean

            Take the all-purpose cleaner mixture from above and mix kosher salt to effectively scrub tiles and tubs free of grime.

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              7. Treat cuts and burns

              Tea tree oil has antiseptic properties and is great for small skin injuries.

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                8. Use as an anti-fungal agent

                Fungal infections such as Athlete’s Foot can be treated with tea tree oil.

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                  9. Clean off mold

                  A mixture of water with some drops of tea tree oil can be used to scrub mold off surfaces should you have the misfortune to discover some in your home.

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                    Last Updated on January 11, 2021

                    11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                    11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                    Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                    Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                    1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                    Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                    2. Stress Relief

                    Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                    3. Improved Sleep

                    Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                    4. Appetite Control

                    Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                    5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                    When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                    6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                    Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                    7. Mosquito Repellant

                    Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                    8. Pain Relief

                    While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                    9. The New Anti-Viral

                    Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

                    10. Improved Cognitive Function

                    Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                    11. Money Saving

                    With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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