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Flower Fun Facts with ‪ 7 Amazing uses for tea tree oil and reasons to stock up

Our Flower Fun Facts with this time around is about the essential oil made from tea tree. This post will share some background information on that plant that the oil is derived from, along with 7 Amazing uses for tea tree oil and reasons to stock up on this essential oil.

Tea tree oil is an oil that is extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a small tree native to Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. In these regions the native Aborigines have used this essential oil as a traditional medicine for centuries. The aborigines would crush the Tea tree leaves to extract the oil. After the oil is extracted it would then be used to treat coughs and colds or applied directly to skin for healing. The greatest attribute of tea tree oil is that it naturally contains components that have been shown to kill certain bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Below are 7 Amazing uses for tea tree oil:

Hand Sanitizer - Tea tree oil makes an ideal natural hand sanitizer. Studies have shown that it kills several common bacteria and viruses responsible for causing illness.

All-Purpose Cleaner - 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.

Preventing Mold on Fruits and Vegetables - Studies have shown that tea tree oil's antifungal compounds may help reduce the growth of this mold on fruits and vegetables. To protect against mold, add 5–10 drops of tea tree oil to water before rinsing your produce and drying it thoroughly.

Insect Repellent - Tea tree oil may help keep pesky insects away. One study found that 24 hours after being treated with tea tree oil, cows had 61% fewer flies than cows not treated with tea tree oil.

Fighting Acne - Tea tree oil can be a powerful weapon against acne. You can make your own acne treatment by mixing one part tea tree oil with nine parts water and applying the mixture to affected areas with a cotton swab once or twice a day, as needed.

Natural Deodorant - Tea tree oil's antibacterial effects may help control underarm odor related to perspiration.

Controlling Dandruff - Tea tree can be effective in helping control dandruff. Studies suggest that tea tree oil may help reduce the severity of dandruff and improve other symptoms.

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