Tea Tree Oil: Nature's Solution for All the Dirty Things
We’ve been on the go a lot this month, and being germ detectives we’re always on the hunt for natural solutions that are equally effective as their semi-toxic counterparts. Our most beloved and frequent go-to is tea tree oil. This powerful extract packs a double punch with natural disinfectant properties and that ‘feel good’ tingle that lets you know it’s working.
Here are the homemade and store bought tea tree remedies that we've tested and trust:
Natural Yoga Mat Cleaner Mix That Actually Works
Nothing interrupts a chaturanga like an unwelcome odor or visible dirt. This mixture leaves your mat fresh smelling and extra clean:
- 1 cup purified water
- ¼ cup Vinegar or Witch-hazel (optional)
- 10-15 drops tea tree oil
- 6-10 drops eucalyptus oil for refreshing or lavender if you prefer calming
Acne Treatment that’s Effective Not Harmful:
A 5% tea tree oil solution has been shown to be as effective as Benzoyl Peroxide, plus it won’t dye your nice pillow cases. We’ve got recommendations that are skin and budget friendly.
Trader Joe’s Spa Face Wash with Tea Tree Oil is our everyday face and body wash. It keeps skin clear without over drying and it’s very affordable, oh how we love TJ’s. Follow with the Tea Tree Facial Cleansing Pads for an extra exfoliant after sweating or at the end of a long day. Finish with your favorite moisturizer or toner (good news, TJ’s has those too).
The tendency is to reach for the Head and Shoulders but that’s a bandage that may not work for all hair types. The Dorai guys have had luck with the Art Naturals set. Studies suggest solutions with at least 5% tea tree oil are more effective. Combine this with a silicon scalp brush in the shower and you’ll see long-term improvements after a few weeks. You can also add pure tea tree oil to your existing shampoo and give that a try.
Similar to Dorai Products, tea tree oil is a great mold and fungus fighter. It can be used as a disinfectant throughout the house from kitchen to bathroom. Homemade Disinfectant Solution:
- 10-12 drops of pure tea tree oil
- 2 cups of water
- 2-3 drops of a mild detergent (liquid castile soap or vinegar also works)
Directions: Mix in spray bottle and use on any non-porous surfaces. Don’t be afraid to let it sit a few minutes before wiping to dry.
The Ultimate Travel Companion:
If your trip involves the outdoors there’s a greater chance you’ll experience cuts, bug bites, allergic reactions, ear infections, exposure to skin fungus, etc. Tea tree oil can be used on ALL THESE! In case you're looking to the perfect cosmetic bag for travel, we’ve got you covered.
Natural Remedy for Travel Troubles:
- Hand Sanitizer: Here’s a great recipe for a moisturizing sanitizer.
- Toenail Fungal Infections: Use an 18+% solution.
- Skin Application: Use a 5% solution.
- Hotel bathroom cleaner: See recipe above.
It’s never recommended to take tea tree oil by mouth and remember when mixing solutions a little goes a long way. Hope you love this gift from mother nature as much as we do! Namaste.