The first essential oil I started using with frequency was Tea Tree Oil. It started because my mom had been introduced to Melaleuca, the Wellness Company. We’ve been using their cleaning, laundry, and personal care for about three years.
Once we switch to their laundry products my daughter’s eczema cleared up (when nothing else worked). They are a great company to start with for the transition from conventional to green products. Admittedly, I have been buying less and less as I have been making more stuff myself. Or using truly green products.
This post isn’t all about plugging this company, which I do truly love, but if you’d like to learn more my mom would love to tell you all about it. The reason I bring them up is because in all this confusion of what is the best essential company, or who has the truest oil – at least for tea tree, I am always buying from them!
Melaleuca Oil, as most essential oils, has MANY uses! It is an Antiseptic, Non-Caustic, and can work like a De-Greaser as well as having an aroma that bugs don’t like.
Nasal Ulcers – Add 1-3 drops of to a cotton ball and apply the sore. If this is too strong dilute with up to ¼ cup of water and. Adjust ratio until you find what works for you.
Toothache – Using an eye dropper place a few drops directly into the cavity. Or use your finger and rub the tooth and surrounding gum. This is only temporary relief.
Throat Infection or Sore – Gargle with a dilution of 1 cup water to 8-10 drops of oil.
Ear Infection – Add one drop oil to teaspoon olive oil and drop in the ear. Leave for up to 2 minutes then drain. Do not put pure tea tree oil into the ear. Rub pure oil onto the outer surface of the ear.
Oral Hygiene – Add to your toothpaste or to the floss to work it through your teeth.
Dandruff – Add a few drops to your shampoo.
Bug Spray – Again, mix oil with water and spray inside. I did this last year along with a few other insect repellent oils in my children’s room and on their beds – nothing else had worked and I had tried a TON of other natural options.
General Skin Infection – Add 3-5 drops to bath water and soak.
Ear mites on pets – Dilute five drops of oil to 1 cup of water. Drip about ten drops into their ear and using a cotton ball clean the inside of the ear with the solution.
Here are all the “conditions which you can apply a few drops of the oil directly to the problem:
Boils, (daily for 1-2 months, or as long as necessary – daily in order to completely take care of the infection).
Ringworm (for at least one month straight. Make sure to do it every day or the fungus can build up a resistance to the oil).
Insect Bites, Athlete’s Foot (daily basis for at least a month to make sure the fungus is destroyed. You can also soak feet in water with a few drops of the oil).
Canker Sores/Cold Sores (I did this for some random white sore in my son’s mouth, along with some coconut oil and it cleared up in a little more than a day).
Acne (I don’t recommend doing this for every one, but for the bigger ones it works well. You can also add a few drops to witch hazel and use as a toner).
Minor Cuts (Do not use tea tree oil on deep cuts and wounds. I add this to my home made lotion, along with some other healing essential oils for our “Owie Lotion”). Rheumatic Pain (massage 3-5 drops of oil to 30ml of carrier oil twice daily).
General Antiseptic and Cleanser:
Add 3-5 drops to whatever standard size bottle of natural cleaner you are already using. Or dilute 1 teaspoon oil to 1 1/5 gallons of water for washing windows, floors, toilets, bathrooms and kitchen surfaces. This is also the ratio you should use for anything mentioned in wiping down. I don’t ever mix anything up this large of a batch so a smaller ratio is 1/4 Teaspoon Oil to 4 Cups Water.
Wipe down your cabinet and window casings with this solution to deter bugs.
Wipe down refrigerator gaskets so they stay fresh and clean.
Shower doors stay cleaner over time and helps prevent soap scum build-up with a good wiping down every once in a while also.
Remove scuff marks from a vinyl/linoleum floor by using a damp cloth with a few drops of oil and scrub.
After washing down walls and removing grime and mildew, wipe over again with a tea tree oil/water solution to prevent mildew re-growth.
To remove chewing gum from hair, apply pure oil. I have not had the pleasure yet of needing to try this. I sure hope I don’t!
What is your favorite essential oil? Or what did you begin with?
UPDATE: You can also buy high quality essential oils through me now!