Tea tree oil is an essential oil with several purposes. While it can be used a disinfectant, it also can help keep skin, hair and nails healthy.
Tea tree oil comes from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a small tree native to Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. Although Melaleuca alternifolia is known as the tea tree, it should not be confused with the plant that produces leaves used to make black, green and oolong tea.
Tea tree oil has been used as a traditional medicine by Aborigines for centuries. These native Australians crush tea tree leaves to extract the oil, which is then inhaled to treat coughs and colds or applied directly to the skin for healing.
Tea tree oil makes a great all-purpose cleaner that also sanitizes surfaces.
Plus, it does so without leaving traces of chemicals you wouldn’t want your family members or pets coming in contact with.
Here’s an easy recipe for an all-natural, all-purpose cleaner:
Whether using tea tree oil for self care or to make a natural household cleaner, its many uses make it a staple for any household.
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