53+ Uses for Tea Tree Oil

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Upon first hearing about Apothecary Extracts, I was immediately excited: Tea Tree Oil was one of those things that I had heard a lot about but hadn’t tried yet. Sort of like Coconut Oil! So when they offered to send me a bottle to try out, I couldn’t resist! I already had a recipe for DIY shower spray (below) queued up and ready to go! Working with Pauline at Apothecary Extracts has just been amazing, and I couldn’t wait for my Tea Tree Oil to arrive to get started.

Here are a few of my favorite Tea Tree Oil uses from Pinterest:



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Apothecary Extracts has a great free e-book that features 53+ uses for Tea Tree Oil, and I went ahead and chose some of my favorites to share with you!

To start, here is some history on Australian Tea Tree Oil, you just have to love a classic!

“The origins of tea tree oil and its varied uses date back to the aboriginal Australians in New South Wales, whose oral history indicates that tea tree oil has been used as sort of a ‘catch all’ medicinal ingredient to treat a variety of ailments and injuries. Whether for the common cold or cuts and scrapes, tea tree oil has been a medicinal tradition in the wilds of Australia for centuries. “

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Tea Tree Oil can be used on your skin, and one of my favorite uses is to apply tea tree oil for acne! Here is a great recipe for a “spot remover” (or acne remover) that I’ve tried and seems to be clearing up a breakout on my chin!!

Tea Tree Oil Spot Remover
What You Need:

  • 1 oz. Aloe Vera gel
  • 3 drops Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil
  • 2 drops of raw honey
  • Lip balm tube or small tin storage container

Mix It: Use a wooden applicator to stir all ingredients together until blended and 
store in tin storage container. 
Apply It: Place a small amount of the spot remover on the pads of your fingers and 
apply to acne spots. 
Keep refrigerated between uses. 

Since we have a ton of tomatoes from our garden, this next treatment will be something I make:

Refreshing Tea Tree & Tomato Face Wash
What You Need:

  • 1 tsp. pure jojoba oil
  • 3 drops Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • Potato masher or food processor

Mix It: Chop tomato and place it in a bowl, then 
pour tea tree and jojoba oils over it. Mash until a puree is formed.
Apply It: Apply liberally to face and neck. Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes and wipe 
off with a damp warm wash cloth. 

Here is a great idea for a body scrub, super simple to make and sounds just divine!

Milky Tea Tree Oil Scrub
What You Need: 

  • 1 cup pure coconut butter
  • 10 drops Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil
  • ½ cup whole raw almonds

Mix It: Place almonds in a food processor and pulse about 5 to 8 times, until there 
are tiny pieces remaining but not until you have a fine powder or milk. Add almonds 
to coconut butter and tea tree oil until blended.
Apply It: Rub scrub into face and body in a circular motion. Rinse off with warm water and pat skin dry. 

I am constantly in the kitchen, and taking care of things around the house, and my dog Roxy, so an antibacterial hand scrub really appeals to me. Sometimes you just need that extra deep clean!

Antibacterial Hand Scrub
What You Need:

  • Soap dispenser (cleaned with hot water & dried)
  • ½ tbsp. Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 cup sea salt (medium fine grains)
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Mix It: Add all ingredients into a wooden mixing bowl and stir until well blended. 
Pour mixture into empty soap dispenser and place in bathroom and kitchen. 
Apply It: Pump handle once into your hands and rub thoroughly, about 30 
seconds, before rinsing with hot water. 

After years and years of coloring my hair, I often battle with dry scalp, and tea tree oil is the perfect combatant to a dry scalp! I love that this rinse includes lavender, for its heavenly and relaxing scent, and apple cider vinegar, such a clarifying ingredient!

Dry Scalp Lavender Rinse
What You Need:

  • 3-4 drops of Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ cup dried lavender
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar

Mix It: Bring water to a boil then add lavender and vinegar. Reduce heat to simmer 
for 25 minutes until lavender begins to sink. Remove from heat and add tea tree 
oil, let cool. Strain into glass jar and store. 
Apply It: After shampooing your hair, shake the container to mix oil back in and 
pour a few handfuls over your head and work it in, making sure to massage the 
scalp. Leave it on for 3 to 9 minutes before rinsing. 

This shampoo had me at the name alone!! Super Luxe Polishing Shampoo?! Swoon!

Super Luxe Polishing Shampoo
What You Need:

  • 1 tbsp. rosemary
  • 1 cup liquid Castile soap
  • 1 tbsp. almond essential oil
  • 1/8 tsp. lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil
  • 1 cup distilled water

Mix It: Boil distilled water and add rosemary and let it steep for 45 minutes. 
Remove from heat and strain rosemary needles then add oils and soap. Stir or 
whisk until blended and store in flip cap bottle. 
Apply It: Pour a small amount, about the size of a nickel, into your hair and work 
into a lather. Rinse with warm water. 

The benefits of tea tree oil go beyond just using it for skin care and hair care, it’s also a great product to keep around the house for medicinal purposes. Here is a recipe for an antiseptic spray made with tea tree oil!

Tea Tree Oil Antiseptic Spray
What You Need:

  • 15 drops Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 tsp. liquid Castile soap
  • 2 oz. rose water
  • 4 oz. Aloe Vera
  • 5 drops each thyme & myrrh oils
  • 2 oz. witch hazel infused with herbs

Mix It: Combine all ingredients into a glass jar and shake well to blend. Pour into a 
dark colored spray bottle. Store away from sunlight and you will get up to 2 years 
use from the spray. 
Apply It: Clean and pat wounds, burns, cuts and scratches dry then spray 
antiseptic prior to bandaging. 3 to 5 spritzes should be sufficient. 

This one I could have used ALL summer long, mosquitoes just love to bite me!! And it uses Coconut Oil, double bonus!

Tea Tree Oil & Butter Itch Relief
What You Need:

  • 1 tsp. Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil
  • 1 tsp. rosemary essential oil
  • 2 tbsp. beeswax, shaved
  • 2 tbsp. each Shea butter & cocoa butter
  • 1 tsp. Neem oil
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. oil infused with dried calendula flowers, lemon balm leaf, chickweed, goldenseal root and plantain leaf
  • Mason jar or push up tube

Mix It: Melt infused oil, coconut oil, butters, Neem oil and beeswax in a double 
boiler over low heat. Remove from heat and let cool about 10 minutes then add 
rosemary and tea tree oil. Pour into a push up tube and let cool overnight before 
storing in away from light and heat sources. 
Apply It: Rub a small amount over bug bites and stings to relieve itchiness.

There are also a plethora of aromatherapy options for tea tree and other essential oils. Apothecary Extracts describes gives a bit more background on these uses:

“Essential oils have been used for thousands of years, in a more rudimentary form, due to their healing and sedative properties. Whether in the form of a massage or by emitting the healing fragrances, tea tree oil is effective for aromatherapy because the human sense of smell is a powerful thing; distinguishing between tens of thousands of unique scents and odors, some of which trigger memories or relaxation responses.”

You can make diffusers, air fresheners, bath oils, bath salts (no eating them please!), air mists and massage oils! Don’t forget potpourri, which would be a great gift to give out around the holidays! All of the recipes are included in the ebook, which you can download free when you purchase the tea tree oil.

Last, but certainly not least, you can use tea tree oil around the house as a cleaning agent! Here is a recipe for an all-purpose cleaner that I have made and use on my counter tops and other surfaces where I don’t want a cleaner with harsh chemicals. It includes vinegar, which is one of my favorite things to clean with!

All Purpose Tea Tree Oil Cleaner
What You Need:

  • 2 tsp. Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil
  • 1 clean spray bottle
  • 2 cups distilled water
  • 6 oz. white vinegar
  • 20 drops of cassia or lemon essential oil (optional to get rid of vinegar odor)

Mix It Combine all ingredients into spray bottle and give it a good shake. Shake it 
prior to each use because the oils will separate from the water. 
Apply It Spray on to spot clean stains, germs and any other bacteria. 
Note: Be sure to use measuring tools dedicated to cleaning solutions. Do not mix 
with cooking utensils as essential oils may not be ingested. 

You can also use it to clean and whiten your clothes!! I am SO excited about this!! (I love doing laundry!) (I know, I’m so weird, but I’m completely telling the truth!)

Cleaning & Whitening Tea Tree Oil Detergent
What You Need:

  • 1 bar of pure Castile soap
  • 1 cup borax (sodium borate)
  • 1 cup washing soda (sodium carbonate or soda ash)
  • 20-30 drops of Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil

Mix It: Shave or grate the bar of soap into flakes and mix with borax and washing 
soda until a fine powdered mixture forms. Store detergent in an airtight container. 
Apply It: Scoop 2 tbsp. per load and up to 4 tbsp. for soiled fabrics. 
Note: For liquid detergent melt the bar of soap with 2 cups of water then place 
borax and soda in a large bucket. Pour melted soap-water mixture into bucket and 
stir, then let set over night. Use ½ cup per load.

With so many benefits of tea tree oil, how could you not be an instant fan of this stuff? Head over to Amazon to pick up a bottle from Aromatherapy Extracts, and get to using it!

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Also, as promised, enter below for your chance to win a FREE 4 oz bottle of Tea Tree Oil from Apothecary Extracts!! 🙂 It’s a win-win here at SG!

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Best of luck to all who have entered! Don’t forget to stop by and visit my partner in crime, Trish at Beyond the Khaki Pants! Do you have any tried and true uses for Tea Tree Oil? Please share them in the comments below!

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