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Uses for Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has a long history of being used for medicinal purposes. New applications are being found. This is a guide about uses for tea tree oil.
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January 20, 2012

I have a German Shepherd that has to have baths due to a yeast situation on her coat, etc. I have to get her bathed and have it be efficient. I have tried bathing by putting shampoo on a dry coat. That never works. The next time, here is what I did. Keep in mind this recipe is for dogs:

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July 26, 2011

Instead of spending good money on expensive insect repellent, dab a few drops of tea tree oil on most of your pulse-points like your wrists, behind the ears and knees. Don't forget to dab a drop atop of your cleavage, ladies!

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February 2, 2018

Tea Tree Essential Oil is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-septic and anti-microbial. I use 6-7 drops in my dishwater for washing dishes. Same amount in the Washing Machine for Cleaning clothes. I add some to a bowl of hot water to clean my kitchen counter tops (instead of using harsh chemicals). I always wipe down the counters with tea tree oil after cutting raw meat or dealing with raw eggs. I have used it in the past for getting rid of toe fungus instead of taking lamisil (which can destroy your liver).

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I use it topically on many different skin condition, I.e. mosquito bites. This is my go to for cleaning almost anything (in place of lysol). I wipe down the shower and toilet with it also. If you research the many uses for it you will be amazed at it's versatility and add it to your supply closet. I have a bottle in my kitchen, bathroom and laundry room. I also put it in my diffuser when I have respiratory conditions at bedtime and breath it in all night to help clear up my lungs.

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May 14, 2018

Tea tree oil (melaleuca) has been miraculous stuff for me and the friends I've recommended it to. Just a dab on a mosquito bite knocks the itch out immediately and heals the bite.

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February 29, 2008

Using 2 cups of water and several drops of pure tea tree oil will clean dirt off windowsills, and clean mostly anything wooden. Also use tea tree oil, diluted with water and sprayed on a child's hair, keeps the lice away.

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November 29, 20170 found this helpful

This is a guide about tea tree oil as insect repellent. Some people find tea tree oil to be an effective insect repellent. One thing to keep in mind is that it can be toxic to pets, so you should avoid using it for your pet both topically and orally.

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October 15, 2007

Looking for home remedy for pet with hot spots or best place to purchase tea tree oil shampoo.

BT from Gettysburg, PA

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October 16, 20070 found this helpful

1800petmeds.com
jefferspet.com
i couldnt find a homeade recipe for it,sorry.

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October 16, 20070 found this helpful

The best 'tea tree oil' you can find will be from Melaleuca.com. Through the website you can find a local person to buy from--Melaleuca Alternafolia is the purest tea tree oil out there--grown in a protected place in Aust.--and Melaleuca makes great products, all to help not only your dog, your shampoo, but also in cleaning agents for the household!

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October 16, 20070 found this helpful

I use a shampoo from Sally's Beauty supply. It's paul mitchell's tea tree oil shampoo, but Sally's has a generic version, called Generic, haha. It's in a white bottle with a black cap. It should be close to the paul mitchell or in with all the other generics. The small bottle costs about 5 bucks, and the huge bottle is like 10 dollars. It lasts a long time.

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It also has peppermint in which soothes the skin. I use this on my cat who has sever skin problems and I have used it on the dog who has hots spots as well. I also have a very sensitive scalp and I use it once a week to keep my skin from hurting near my part.

Another perk is that I've found it lathers and rinses much easier than pet shampoo for skin, which felt more like dishwashing liquid than shampoo.

Hope that helps!

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October 17, 20071 found this helpful

I buy my Tree Tea Oil Shampoo and Conditioner from http://www.Aloetherapy.com Very reasonable and a good Aloe Vera company. Aloe is in their products and it is very good for the skin. Very soothing and healing.

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October 17, 20070 found this helpful

I agree with the 3rd posting, that Melaleuca has the best tea tree oil, there is no cancer causing agents, and all there product are healthier, safer for your family, pets, home and envirorment. If you would like more information on these products or have any questions, I would be happy to help you. Just e-mail me. Jpcasino17@aol.com

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By Dee (Guest Post)
October 17, 20070 found this helpful

You can add about 10 drops of TTO to regular baby shampoo, or 10 drops of TTO to 8 OZ of warm water. Rinse the dogs with it after bathing, or mix in spray bottle.

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It really works on hot spots on my dog. We finally found out it was the dog food that was giving him hot spots. Now he eats lamb and rice food.

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July 28, 20110 found this helpful

Will tea tree oil kill lice on humans? If so, are there any side effects?

By K

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July 28, 20110 found this helpful

I don't know if tea tree oil will kill lice. My daughter got it last year (I still shudder thinking about it). I think I caught it very early. The first night I treated her with the store bought stuff (Nix or Rid). I didn't trust my husband when I asked him to look at my hair, because he didn't see what I was trying to show him in my daughter's hair. So I used tea tree oil cut with some jojoba oil, and rubbed it in my scalp and through my hair. My scalp is sensitive, so that's why I diluted it. I wrapped my head with a towel and left it on for several hours. I hoped if I had any that the oils would suffocate them. I've since read conflicting information on whether or not that works. I had to wash my hair a couple times to get the tea tree oil smell out. A few days later I had a friend check me, and she didn't see anything.

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I'll tell you what worked for us. As I said, I used Rid or Nix the first night. I did a lot of reading up about how lice have become resistant to those treatments, plus I didn't feel good about using them anyway. I kept combing her hair with that crappy little plastic thing from the kit, but I felt it was ineffective. I ended up ordering this kit:

http://www.amaz  3?tag=thrif06-20

It says it's a three pack, but it's one kit with three items in it. The items are available individually, but I wanted all three. There is also a Nit Free shampoo. I think the crucial items are the comb and the foam (in that order!). The comb is excellent! It is important to comb the way they say to. Take a small section, and comb four times: from the left, from the right, from the top, and from the bottom. Using other stuff I kept finding a nit or two every time I'd check her. But after using this comb and foam one time, I never found any more nits.

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A new school year is about to begin, and I plan to buy another thing of the foam, just in case, and some of the repellant spray. I was shocked that they didn't send a note home to the kids in my daughter's grade. I told a couple moms about it, so they could keep an eye on their kids' hair. I have no idea where it came from, and I hope we never get it again.

You just have to be persistent. I truly believe that comb made all the difference in the world. Good luck getting rid of the lice.

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July 29, 20110 found this helpful

I used to staff at a summer camp every year, and I've learned there's always going to be one kid there with lice. I got lice one year and I was able to treat it pretty easily. First, buy a lice comb. NOT the plastic one, it's junk. Buy a metal one, it gets the nits and everything, every time. Then, get either mayonnaise or karosene (I used karosene) it smothers the lice. Use it one your head like shampoo. I recommend the lather-rinse-repeat method. Then, use the comb to get out any left over nits. Then, use the karosene again just to insure that they're gone. Then you'll want to wash your hair thoroughly, many times with regular shampoo because the odor is strong. After you're done with all of that, run a comb through once more to get any leftover nits that you may have missed. Check your head again in a few days.

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July 29, 20110 found this helpful

Play it safe and cheap. Smear mayonnaise on the head, leave on with a shower curtain for the time suggested in these many sites. Good luck!

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July 31, 20110 found this helpful

I believe that there is a tea tree oil product in the drug store, alongside the regular Rid and Nix products. If it is sold there, it likely works. I would use that product rather than a home remedy. Use as directed. It is misuse and overuse of products that causes the insects to become resistant to them.

My mother says they used kerosene in the depression; I think we have less horrific and less dangerous substances now. I would not pour a flammable fuel on my head if there was an alternative.

Prevention is a must. I taught school, survived many lice outbreaks, with never a louse. Nor did my kids get it. But, they had short hair, didn't share combs or toques nor coats and scarves. Little girls with long flowing locks who play games where they sit close, get their little heads together, and hug each other are the ones who most often caught it from others at school. Sometimes, however, it can seem totally random. Just like a cold, sometimes you just get them from "life".

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April 1, 2011

What are the side effects of spraying a small dog with bad case of fleas with diluted tea tree oil directly onto the coat?

By Kayann from Muswellbrook, NSW, Australia

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April 1, 20110 found this helpful

Here is what I do when I see my dogs have fleas:

If it is a bad infestation, it is cheaper to get the shot at the vet that kills them all within less than a day. Then you can treat your house by vacuuming all the time and putting a flea collar in the vacuum bag and a plastic over the end of the hose, so the fleas don't get out.

I always sprinkle the rugs, under the bed sheets and etc with salt and just leave it for a few days. Fleas dislike salt. I use tea tree oil on my own hair for lice treatment if I ever find a live one in my hair. I use about 1/3 cup dawn and 1 1/2 teaspoon tea tree oil, it stinks a lot like Vicks, and then about two tablespoons of vinegar.

I put all this in my hair and leave for 15 minutes. This is great and it kills lice. Don't know if it will kill fleas or not, but never use on cats as tea tree oil can kill them.

If you have a really bad infested kitten with fleas, I would use baby shampoo and peroxide mixed up and leave it on the kitten for about 7 minutes and then rinse off. Keep the kitten warm, kittens get so stressed and feel hot and cold more than other animals so be sweet and loving and talking softly.

Hope this helps,

Robyn

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April 2, 20110 found this helpful

I bought my little bottle of tea tree oil at Walgreens pharmacy.
When someone takes a bath who has athletes foot fungus I always put a little spritz of the oil in the back of the empty tub after they are done bathing or showering... and then rinse it downward with the shower head to the drain, it helps keep the fungus from spreading. Tea Tree Oil does smell, but it is not really a bad smell, just like Vicks vapor rub on steroids. LOL

Here are some natural flea remedies that some people swear by, it is at earthclinic.com...use your own judgement...

http://www.eart  /Pets/fleas.html

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April 2, 20110 found this helpful

I personally would try diluted Grapefruit seed extract. It is non toxic to humans & animals. Can be given internally or externally. http://www.nutriteam.com/pets.htm I bought my 2oz bottle in the Health food section on Fred Meyers. It can also be bought on Amazon or other sites.

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June 19, 20110 found this helpful

Remember Tea Tree Oil is extremely toxic to cats.

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July 27, 20090 found this helpful

Can I use tea tree oil on my neck for a fungus?

By lisa from Monterey Park, CA

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July 28, 20090 found this helpful

Dermatitis, dry skin, fungus, corns, and athlete's foot are just a few skin problems that we all face at one time or another. Generally, dry skin brushing and using a body lotion with tea tree oil added will help to repair and smooth the injured skin. Bathing in tea tree oil is therapeutic and soothing for tired muscles. Add ten drops of the oil to a warm tub and soak for twenty minutes. It is not necessary to use much oil; I once had a call from a woman who added an entire ounce to her tub, sat in hot water and her skin turned bright red. Remember, a little goes a long way. Good luck.

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July 30, 20090 found this helpful

My husband and I had a skin condition, red blotchy looking and I went to the dermatologist. It went from our hair line, neck and down our backs. He told me to use products like Head and Sholders, or Selsun Blue. The doctor told me it was a fungus that starts on the scalp and moves down from there. Also, use Lotramine salve on the areas that you can see. We did and it went away. Sometimes it comes back on my husband (he works outside and I think this causes his to return because he sweats more than me) I simply get the Lotramin salve and Selsun again and in a few weeks it is gone. Hope this helps if this is your problem but remember this I can't diagnose the problem only a doctor can.

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July 30, 20090 found this helpful

Yep, tea tree oil is good stuff. If you really want to kick it, mix some tea tree oil with some oregano oil in a little bit of vodka to dilute and disperse. Shake well and dab on. I cured a horrible case of thrush (horse hoof fungus) with this recipe.

Good luck!

ps, also look up earthclinic.com for more good info

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April 12, 20150 found this helpful

I want to save water and would like to use my bath water to water my garden, but I used 5 drops of tea tree oil in my bath, will this harm my plants?

By Mike

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March 22, 2007

I am attempting to try my hand at growing a potted plant again, it's an airplane/spider plant. I have just recently put a start in a hanging pot. My problem is the fact that I have a large number of indoor cats! I took 4 Q-tips and lightly moistened the tips with tea tree oil and laid them along the inside edge of the pot, to deter them from bothering the plant as they dislike the smell. My concern, will the smell bother the plant? I hope not, because, so far, this is working like a charm, and will be the perfect way to protect my plant!

Many thanks for any advice given,
Linda from Southeast Iowa

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March 22, 20070 found this helpful

When my cat tries to get into the dirt of the plants I sprinkle a little cayenne pepper on the dirt. The cat will not bother the plant again.

My cat loves spider plants and the only thing I have done to get the cat to not eat the leaves of this plant is to put it out of the cats reach.

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March 22, 20070 found this helpful

No Tea tree Oil will not hurt your plants.

Denise McCall
http://www.MyBerryTree.com/bt97975

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October 12, 2006

How do I use thyme and tea tree oil to get rid of bedbugs?

Asif Nayani from Karachi, Pakistan

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July 22, 20070 found this helpful

I have been reading a lot about bed bugs lately because I have them. I guess they sell thyme oil. Someone also said they used powdered thyme. The person sprinkled the thyme all around and left the window open and he said they would leave. I think also you spray your mattress with tea tree oil. Also heard of someone sprinkling thyme on their mattress. If you encase mattress and boxsprings in plastic covers the bedbugs will die because they can't get out.

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November 9, 20110 found this helpful

How do I use tea tree oil on plants to help stop mold? Can you give me a solution to make?

By Karla B.

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