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Tea Tree Oil : 21 Uses

Updated on August 7, 2015

What Is Tea Tree Oil?

Tea tree oil is an essential oil obtained by steam distillation of the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a plant native to Australia. Due to its antifungal, antibacterial and anti viral properties tea tree oil is used either pure or mixed with other essential oils in a diversity of situations.


Some Of The Most Common Uses For Tea Tree Essential Oil Are:


1) Tea Tree for Boils. Boils are red swollen and tender eruptions.

Tea tree oil has powerful antimicrobial properties and helps to fight infection. Apply a drop of undiluted tea tree oil to the boil several times a day until the eruption has healed.

2) Tea Tree oil for Impetigo.

Impetigo is a condition that causes tiny blisters, usually around the nose and mouth.  Tea tree’s antibacterial properties help dry impetigo blisters.  For a more effective treatment you can combine it with lavender essential oil which helps alleviate inflammation. 

To prepare your remedy mix:

  • 1 tablespoon of almond oil with
  • ½ teaspoon of tea tree essential oil and
  • ½ tea spoon of Lavender essential oil. 

Apply to the blisters 3 times a day.

3) Tea Tree Oil To Eliminate Warts

To eliminate warts. Tea tree oil has powerful antiviral properties and can help eliminate warts. Apply undiluted tea tree essential oil with a cotton swab directly to the wart several times a day.


4) Dry herpes blisters with tea tree oil.

Herpes being a virus cannot be treated with antibiotics. As an antiviral, tea tree oil helps to dry the herpes blisters. To prevent irritation of the skin and sensitive mucous membranes, dilute equal amounts of tea tree essential oil with vegetable oil and dab a small amount on to the blisters four times a day. Tea tree oil can also be applied directly to any blisters.


5) Tea tree oil to treat Inflammations,

To treat Inflammations, apply a warm washcloth impregnated with tea tree oil to the area for a few minutes. You can also apply undiluted tea tree oil directly on the inflamed area.

6) Tea tree oil to relieve colds

Use Tea Tree oil and Eucalyptus to relieve congestion during a cold. 

Try a herbal steam inhalation using 2 drops of tea tree essential oil and 2 drops of eucalyptus essential oil in two litres of hot boiling water.  Tea tree has antiviral and antibacterial properties and the eucalyptus oil helps drain mucous congestion.

7) For curing Athlete's Foot.


8) As a cure for nail and toenail fungal infections

Apply tea tree oil directly to infected area and cuticles.

9) Tea tree oil for acne

For treating inflamed and non-inflamed acne lesions you can apply tea tree oil directly onto infected area twice a day or add 60 drops of tea tree oil to your facial wash, apply twice daily. If you are applying tea tree oil over large areas of your face make sure you moisturize well your skin to avoid dryness. You can also try applying pure tea tree oil using a cotton ball onto slightly damp skin to lighten its effects.


10) Tea tree oil for dandruff

Tea tree oil can be used to reduce symptoms of dandruff.

11) To Disinfect Wounds.

Use tea tree oil to clean minor cuts to disinfect the wound.

12) Use tea tree oil to help with Asthma.

Just add a few drops of tea tree oil to a warm damp face cloth and breathe through it until the cloth cools down.


13) To relieve itchiness

To relieve itchinessfor insect bites, such as fleas, and disinfect the bite, add a drop of tea tree oil directly to the bite, you can repeat the treatment every 2 hours or until the itching has disappeared.


14) To get rid of head lice

Add a few drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo, massage into hair, leave on for about 10 minutes and rinse. Repeat the treatment once a day until lice and nits are gone.

15) Tea Tree Oil For A Fresh Breath

To always have a fresh breath make a mouthwash adding one drop of tea tree oil in a glass of water. Use as an ordinary mouthwash, be careful not to swallow as tea tree oil can be toxic if ingested.

16) To guard from disease

To guard from disease you can gargle with one drop of tea tree oil dissolved in a glass of water. This solution will help your body fight bacteria, as with the mouthwash; make sure you don’t swallow the solution.

17) Tea Tree Oil Can Be Used For Bladder Infections

To relieve the symptoms of a bladder infection have a warm bath with 10 drops of tea tree oil in it.


18) For shaving

Use tea tree oil to disinfect your razors before shaving. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to your razor to make sure there are no harmful bacteria transferred from the razor to your skin.


19) Tea tree oil to prevent offensive body odours.

You can use a drop of tea tree oil in your armpits to prevent bad smells. You can also mix equal parts of tea tree oil and a carrier oil to rub your feet with before wearing your shoes for the day.


20) To repel insects in your house

add a few drops of tea tree oil to your house cleaning products.


21) Tea tree oil as a natural deodorizer

Use tea tree oil as a natural deodorizer for your clothes and to help with mould, mildew, and odour causing bacteria. Just add a few drops of essential tea tree oil to your washing liquid before using it. Alternatively, you can buy inexpensive tea tree oil to add to your wash load. One or 2 teaspoons in a load of laundry can eliminate a host of odour causing problems.

Essential Oils: Tea Tree Oil


Safety Concerns


As with most medicaments some people might have allergic reactions to tea tree oil. The reactions can range from mild skin irritation to blisters and rashes.

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding then consult your doctor before using tea tree oil. In any event, tea tree oil should not be taken internally.

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    • billyaustindillon profile image

      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      I have used 3 of these tips - thanks for the others.

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      ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      excellent remedies I never knew tea tree oil can do.

      Thanks

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      What a fabulous hub! I would have never guessed you could use it for asthma or to keep house pests away! I am bookmarking this for sure! Rated up :)

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      entertianmentplus 7 years ago from United States

      Awesome hub.

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      Anath 7 years ago

      You are welcome billyaustindillon.

      Hi ocbill, I got interested in tea tree oil after a severe health issue and I was marvelled at how good it worked. I have been discovering new uses for it since then.

      It is amazing all the benefits that you can attribute to tea tree oil theherbivorehippi. Thanks for the rating!

      Thanks for visiting entertianmentplus

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Great hub - I use tea tree oil at the end of a bath for my dogs - didn't realise it had so many uses!

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      Anath 7 years ago

      Do you use it to keep fleas away or to add an extra fresh scent Shalini?

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      Butterfly Lady 7 years ago from Broken Arrow, OK

      Great hub. Just the kind of information we all need. Sure wish more people know the benefits of Tea Tree Oil. I'm a fan. Keep up the good writing.

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      Inese 7 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Tea Tree Oil is a must in every house. Thanks for the great info.

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      Hummingbird5356 7 years ago

      There is some very good information here. A very good hub.

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      milolo 7 years ago

      Tea tree oil worked on my toenail fungus and safely at that. You have to reapply it daily to the infected area until it grows out and gets clipped, so it takes some patience.

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      KenWu 7 years ago from Malaysia

      Thanks for the tips, never thought that tea tree oil has so much of usage!

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      Tomono 7 years ago

      Tea tree oil is really popular in Japan. You can smell it as soon as you enter some people's homes.

    • Anath profile image
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      Anath 7 years ago

      Thank you Butterfly Lady. I've used tea tree oil several times and I've been very happy with the results, that is why I wrote about it.

      It is a must as it can be used in so many different ways and in so many situations Inese.

      Tea tree oil works like many other medicaments milolo, only when used constantly. Like you say, it requires patience but it works. Thanks for sharing your experience.

      Now you know Ken Wu :)

      That would be a welcoming scent Tomono. Thanks for the info.

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      Nan 7 years ago

      Great Article, and very informative. I've used the oil for many years and it does work.

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      Anath 7 years ago

      I am amazed at how good it works Nan, the more I try it the more I like it.

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      christryon 7 years ago

      Excellent article. You can add one more use for it. Mosquito repellent. My family has used it successfully for the last few years for this purpose. I wish I would have known about using it for boils and warts a few months ago. Thanks for sharing.

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      Lamme 7 years ago

      Great hub. I hadn't heard of using it for asthma. I'll have to try that.

    • Anath profile image
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      Anath 7 years ago

      Thanks for the tip christryon!

      It is worth trying it Lamme, I always prefer to try natural remedies first.

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      dovechocolatier 7 years ago from Tennessee

      I Love and use Tea Tree Oil for ever Thing....

      www.dove-chocolate-discoveries.com/chocolatelovers

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      Anath 7 years ago

      I wonder if there are any tea tree oil chocolates?

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      Daniel Christian 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I think I shall pick up some tea tree oil. :)

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      blissfulskin 7 years ago

      Tea tree oil is AWESOME!

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      the pink umbrella 7 years ago from the darkened forest deep within me.

      amazing hub, i love tea tree and didn't know there were this many uses! thanx babe

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      Anath 7 years ago

      I think you should festersporling ;-)

      It is awesome, it works wonders blissfulskin

      You are welcome pink umbrella.

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      Runway 7 years ago from New York

      Didn't know there were so many uses! I only use it one way. I'm going to try some of the other ways.

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      Renee S 7 years ago from Virginia

      Great information. I've used it before for cold sores. Good to know.

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      Anath 7 years ago

      Try it Runway, you have already use it and I gather that you were happy with the results, it is worth trying some of the other uses of tea tree oil.

      It works really good for cold sores and all herpes related infections. Thanks for sharing your experience lovelypaper. BTW, lovely avatar too :-)

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      Candice Collins 7 years ago from WestCoast Florida

      I love, love, love tea tree oil. I've used it for many of the uses you've listed here as well as a mold inhibitor in the shower and on patio furniture...works great, tho' I like to mix it w/lavender and lemon for a nicer aroma, the trio of oils are something I can't live without! Great hub!

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      Anath 7 years ago

      I like mixing Tea tree oil with Lavender oil too Yellowstar. They compliment each other perfectly to relieve many illnesses. I have never tried it myself with lemon oil though, I must try that one.

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      Mary Merriment 7 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

      Wow. I knew Tea Tree Oil was great, but I only knew about half of these benefits before. Thank you for the great info!

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      lender3212000 7 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      Very well written hub! Thanks for the great tips.

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      One Aura 7 years ago from Montreal

      Good stuff!!! I have tea tree oil already, but learnt a lot more usesfor it! thanks

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      billysgomez 7 years ago

      Definitely a good stuff, wow just to realize tree oil has so many useful functions.

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      couponalbum 7 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

      What a great information! You scored a 100 for this hub! That's really cool!!

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      kaja_mel 7 years ago from Saraland, AL

      I've used tea tree oil in the past, but I didn't realize it's many uses. Thanks.

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      ugivetheword 7 years ago from somewhere between leaving and arriving

      great info! i had a little book years ago, "101 uses for Tea Tree Oil." Your hub inspires me to go clean a few book cases to find it.

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      PerfumeFan 7 years ago from New Jersey

      I used tea tree oil before to control my breakouts.

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 7 years ago from Maine

      Great hub, I didn't realize that tea tree oil had so many uses.

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      nanilok 7 years ago from London

      Great hub!

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      April Treme 7 years ago from United States

      Great info.. Thanks for the list of tea tree oil uses. Didn't realize tea tree oil is so useful...

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      Zreeves11 7 years ago from Kent

      wow look at all the great things you can do with it i love tee tree oil its awsome

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      Anath 7 years ago

      Thanks for your comments!

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      trsmith 7 years ago from Rapid City, SD

      Tea tree oil also helps treat psoriasis. It releaves the dry flakey skin patches and the shampoos help the scalp as well great hub.

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      Anath 7 years ago

      Thanks for the tip trsmith.

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      Amez 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Wow! Anath this product should be in everyones medician cabinet. I really was surprized on all the conditions that pop up over the years in a typical household. I've always considered Gensing to be the cure all, I truly believe this one has an edge. I differently going to try some especially on bites. Texas is Famous for Fea, ants and Mosquito bites. which really give my skin a fit. 10 hugs to you. Ed

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      wayne sr 7 years ago from home-East Moline,Il.

      I never heard of tree oil,until I happened upon your article.I am going to purchase some and try it.My wife has asthma,and I will try that treatment.I will also use it for those other things to.Thank you for this info.

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      katrinasui 7 years ago

      I haven't heard of using it for Dandruff. It has so many uses.

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      TattoGuy 7 years ago

      Great hub moi friend !

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      ONEandONLY 7 years ago

      Wow i only thought tea tree Oil was beneficial for acne

      great to know it has so many other uses

      i have a tiny bottle with 100% tea tree Oil

      i applied it for the first time today (on my forhead)

      and it started burning a lot so i had to wipe it off

      with cold water

      is it supposed to burn or sting?

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      Anath 7 years ago

      Good luck Amez.

      It is worth a try wayne.

      Yes katrina and it smells rather good.

      You only suppose to apply a dab on each spot Oneandonly, don't just rub it all over your forehead. Also, before using it on your face it is recommended to have an allergy test.

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      SilverGenes 7 years ago

      I had no idea it had so many uses - thank you for such an informative hub!

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      kellydove 7 years ago

      informative hub

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      MissCholey 7 years ago

      I have been using tea tree oil for years. It has so very many uses. I like to mix a couple drops in my household cleansers. It is wonderful for grout and the like. After a hard workout, I rub down my body in it and wow does it make it feel better.

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      adilptc 7 years ago

      Nice information my friend also told me about the benefits of Tea Tree oil and you also provide good information about it. keep it up.

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      dashingclaire 7 years ago from United States

      I knew about some of these uses, but you've added some useful information and other uses.

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      Tea Trea Oil User 7 years ago

      One more - Dentist thought I needed a root canal, but liberal application of tea tree oil to the inflammed tooth and gum and surrounding area cured the problem.

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      MsFran 7 years ago from Here and There, Everywhere

      Whoa! I never knew tea tree oil has so many uses! I was only using it for acne but now I think I will use it all up in a week!

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      manyinterests 7 years ago from North Carolina

      That is so cool! I can not wait to try some of these!

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      GojiJuiceGoodness 7 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      Awesome hub!

      I've heard of tee tree oil to help with warts, but I find it hard to get good instructions for using it. How long does it usually take to eliminate warts?

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      bluewheels 7 years ago

      Do you know I would never have considered the uses of Tree Oil.

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      vladhendersen 7 years ago from Ohio

      THis is great! Thanks for the info. I can't wait to get some and use it. I ordered through your hub.

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      Anath 7 years ago

      Thanks for the comments.

      Thanks for sharing your cleaning secrets MissCholey.

      It is amazing that the use of tea tree oil saved you from the expense and pain of having to undergo a root canal Tea Trea Oil User. Thank you for sharing your experience using tea tree oil.

      When using essential oils you need to be constant to see the results GojiJuiceGoodness. Like with most medicaments, you only see results with regular use. Usually after the first week you will start to notice and improvement in your condition.

      Thanks for the orders vladhendersen

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      bluewheels 7 years ago

      Do you know I would never have considered these uses of Tree Oil.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      This oil is so great, I must get a bottle to keep at home.

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      Bigdaddy2000 7 years ago

      Great Hub. I found this to be very informative. I never knew you could treat warts with tree oil. Amazing. Great job!

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      tfhodge 7 years ago from California - U.S.A.

      Very helpful. Thank you. I use Tea Tree Oil often, and it works. Great hub!

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      Derek D 7 years ago from United States

      Unbelievable what a natural remedy can do! Thats what I call multipurpose.........

      Thanks for the info :)

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      Grills Guy 7 years ago from Santa Cruz

      Clears my sinuses good...

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      FredIndy 7 years ago from Queensland

      Tea Tree oil, along now with rosehip, has become a staple in my house. Good stuff! Keep 'em coming!

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      mrpyramids1 7 years ago

      thank you very much for the useful info

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      The Loan Arranger 7 years ago

      Great article - mint and tea tree shower gel - that wakes you up in the morning!

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      ashelsher 7 years ago

      Tea tree oil really does seem to be a miracle oil...

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      molson5070 7 years ago from State College, Pa

      who knew it can be used for so many things... i think i will use at least 5 of these uses

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      Alana Obe 7 years ago from My mind...

      I absolutely love Tea Tree!! Thanks for sharing such valuable information. I am a fan of it, I actually carry some in my bag all the time.

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      retirementvillage 7 years ago from Philippines

      Wow, this tree tee oil is fantastic its very useful...thanks for posting it on your hub!

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      deancortez044 7 years ago from Las Vegas

      I never thought that we can get lot of benefits from "Tea Tree Oil" Actually this is amazing...Great Hub thanks!

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      blackhatworld 7 years ago from Belize

      wow a lot of uses for the tea tree oil huh. great hub thanks.

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      Ryan Miller 7 years ago from Michigan, USA

      I often have acne and had no idea about tea tree oils... and certainly no idea of all it's uses!! Wow! Thank you so much for this great info :) I am definitely going to purchase some of this for acne and boils.

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      True Blue Tips 7 years ago

      Thanks for all the information. I just did a hub about the chemicals that are in our personal care and cleaning products and recommended using Tea Tree Oil as a disinfectant for laundry and cleaning. Great to see all the other uses for this little oil.

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      tup7 7 years ago from India

      Very informative hub, useful and easy tips.

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      Chandra Susheel 7 years ago

      Good Hub!!!!!!

      The tips shared in the hub are hugely fruitful. The language used in the hub is very impressive and easy to grasp. Thanks a lot for providing such a wonderful peace of text.

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      BrainSpace 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Great Hub!

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      fucsia 7 years ago

      I know many uses of tea tree oil, but I had no idea that it was even insecticide and that it could be used against herpes. This news is particularly useful for me!

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      domaincomebuy 7 years ago from Worldwide

      That's amazing to learn the use of tea oil to cure sweaty feet.

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      Leptirela 7 years ago from I don't know half the time

      excellent Hub

      And a New

      follower

      Thank you

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      B Stucki 7 years ago

      Thanks for the information! There are so many things that tree oil can do. Thanks for the hub.

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      bathroom mold 7 years ago

      To clean mold and mildew, mix 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil to 2 cups of water int a spray bottle. Spray it onto the problem areas and leave it to stand without rinsing.

      Samatha of http://moldremovalfacts.com

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      Shil1978 7 years ago

      Nice hub - didn't know tea tree oil has so many uses!!

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      edguider 6 years ago

      I get blisters allot, Might have to try some tree oil :)

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      Anath 6 years ago

      Wow! thanks for all your comments and all those extra tips for using tea tree oil.

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      Mih36 6 years ago from New York

      Great hub. Tea Tree Oil is used for so many things that I never even knew. Great article. Thanks =)

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      Art of Legend India 6 years ago

      Your article about tea tree oil is very informative.

      thanks for share your knowledge

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      swati01 6 years ago from India

      awesome hub....thanks for sharing

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      Anath 6 years ago

      Among all the essential oils I've used Tea tree oil is by far the most versatile one.

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      Dorte Holm Jensen 6 years ago from Torrox, Malaga. Spain

      Very useful information. I have used Tea tree oil for infections for many years now...but I didn't know about all the other things you can use it for. Thanks...

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      kingkhan78 6 years ago

      nice information in hub page community

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      glenda 6 years ago

      thank you for your help.I realy need this to help my pets

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      JudithP 6 years ago

      I thought I would let you know it also works to kill fleas on cats or dogs. We rescued a kitten from a dumpster. The poor little thing was being eaten alive. I took him home and bathed him with tea tree oil shampoo and they just dropped off him. It also helped to heal the bites. He's a year old now and still loves to have a bath and he's still flea free.

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      Anath 6 years ago

      Tea tree oil can be very efficient for treating infections without antibiotics Dane in Spain.

      Thanks kingkhan78.

      Glad to be of help Glenda.

      Thanks for sharing your expeience Judith, it is always reassuring to hear from someone who has used tea tree oil and is very happy with the results.

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      Health Wise 6 years ago

      Great Hub. I never knew that tea tree oil could be used to remedy colds.

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      LoryRich 6 years ago

      I learned about such oil from google last year. Now, I can vouch for the effectiveness of tea tree oil in healing some skin conditions. After creams from drugstores failed to provide relief, I surely have had some very good healing of nail fungus because of tea tree oil. Your hub contains additional great info. Thanks!

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      isjung 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      This is a really useful hub! Thanks for posting so much about tea tree oil. I'm always happy when I find tea tree oil products in the Body Shop. Good stuff.

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      Vincent Gill 5 years ago

      I love home remedies and this is a good one.

      Best wishes

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      kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      WOW. Tea tree oil has all of these benefits? I never knew - thanks sooo much for sharing! I personally use tea tree oil together with my facial wash. I've found that this concoction is very effective in keeping pimples at bay. But I never knew I can actually use it for a whole lot more purposes :)

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      Megan Holly 5 years ago from Illinois

      Great hub! I am really excited to see how some of these methods work for me! Thanks for all of the information. :)

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