10 Uses for Tea Tree Oil + Apothecary Extracts Review

Date Fri, October 3 2014

I was first turned on to tea tree oil several years ago. My roommate at the time used it to treat acne. Since then, I’ve realized my friends use to to cleanse their body jewelry, deal with skin tags and much more. When Apothecary Extracts asked if I wanted to review a 4-ounce bottle, I said “Sign me up!”

Before I get into this review, I wanted to describe to you all the things that tea tree oil can be used for. I scoured the Web and found dozens of suggestions. I’ve narrowed it down to 10 (sort of — some of these have multiple options!). Tea tree oil is powerful stuff!

53 uses of tea tree oil

53 uses of tea tree oil

1. Acne

Tea tree oil can go a long way in reducing your acne, and this is the number one reason why I wanted to review this product. You should apply 5% tea tree oil on blemishes daily as a general antiseptic. Remember that treatment doesn’t work as fast as those containing benzoyl peroxide so you still might want to grab a spot treatment if you have a big date.

2. Athlete’s Foot

According to WebMD, a cream containing 10% tea tree oil is as good at treating the itching and burning that comes with athlete’s food as most medicated creams from the big names. Tea tree oil can treat other fungal infections, too. Even yeast infections can be cleared with a dab of this oil.

3. Fleas, lice and other bugs

Add a few drops to your child’s shampoo if you’re dealing with a lice infestation. To prevent pests from taking up residence on your pet, apply just a few drops to their bedding. 15 drops of oil to one quart of water can also repel insects from your home, yard or campsite.

4. Skin tags

Pesky and unattractive skin tags can pop up in your arm pits, between your legs and any other spot that’s generally soft. Two to three times daily application of tea tree oil can help to dry up those skin tags until they safely fall off. Apply to a cotton ball or bandage and keep it in place. The same method can help with unsightly warts.

5. Skin Conditions

If you suffer from exzema, psoriasis or dermatitis other skin conditions, you might get some relief with a combination of 10 drops tea tree oil to one teaspoon coconut oil. Try it with hives, too.

6. Calluses

Just 5 drops of tea tree oil in another oil can help to soften calluses and corns, too. Massage into your feet. I’ve yet to try this one, but I think I will. My feet get pretty rough after all the walking I do in the warm months!

7.  Dandruff

If your favorite shampoo makes you flake, you don’t have to switch. Try adding 20 – 25 drops of tea tree oil to the bottle. Massage your scalp well when washing.

8. General Antiseptic

As an antiseptic, tea tree oil can also be used to treat small cuts, burns and scratches to prevent them from becoming infected. Bug bites can also be treated with tea tree oil. Similarly, ingrown hairs can be treated with this oil. Around the home, tea tree oil can fight germs. Spray a tea tree oil and water mixture instead of Lysol.

9. Cleaning

Cleanse your home with a combination of tea tree oil and water. One teaspoon oil to one cup water is all it takes. You can also mix in some kosher salt to scrub your shower, tub and tiles. Try the tea tree oil and water mixture as a spray to combat mold! Use tea tree oil instead of hydrogen peroxide to cleans your toothbrush once a month. Fortunately, I don’t have to do that with my electric toothbrush!

10. Bad Smells

Many people believe a few drops as a mouth wash or in the bath can fight bad breath and body odor, respectively. A few drops in your dishwasher’s soap dispenser or the tub in your washing machine can also get rid of those old smells. There are even recipes to make homemade deodorant out of tea tree oil!

When you purchase tea tree oil from Apothecary Extracts, you’ll actually get an eBook telling about 53 different uses!

Tips on Using Tea Tree Oil by Apothecary Extracts

As you’ll notice, most of these treatments require a small percentage of tea tree oil with another cream or base. Sometimes you’ll see this listed as “carrier oil.” Diluting with water is a common option, but the bottle of tea tree oil I received to review suggests coconut oil or olive oil. You can also try grapeseed oil.

Dilution also helps to dispel some of the smell of tee tree oil. It is strong! I could smell it in the box before I even touched the bottle to remove the plastic it was wrapped in! Some people praise the strong smell of tea tree oil, saying it can be used in a vaporizer to clear sinuses and fight colds. I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of the smell, and I am definitely glad when it fades away, which takes about 30 minutes to my nose. Just handling the bottle, I got heartburn from the strong smell!

There’s another benefit to diluting tea tree oil. Some people find it irritates their skin. You can still get the benefits without the irritation when you apply with coconut or grapeseed oil. I can generally apply it directly to my skin without issue. You might find that applying it to your skin works in places where skin is thicker — feet or thighs — but not where skin is thinner — face.

apothecary extacts tea tree oil

apothecary extacts tea tree oil

Despite having so many options for tea tree oil, you really don’t need a big bottle. Tea tree oil typically comes in a small vial, like you’d buy an essential oil in. That can last a person well over a year. I bet I’ll have to will this 4-ounce bottle of Apothecary Extracts to someone when I die because I’ll have it for years!

The bottle has a small neck with an O-ring in it, so you just get a small drop. I tend to use it by placing my finger on the opening to get a little tea tree oil out. This would also work with a cotton ball and you could stick the end of a Q-tip in the bottle, too. A dropper might be helpful when it comes to mixing it with a carrier agent, but I’m sure I can make due.

I haven’t had enough time to try every use to report on its effectiveness. I’ve used tea tree oil for acne, but it definitely is slower than medicated products. I’m also waiting to see on improvement in a skin tag, and I plan to add some drops to my shampoo bottle. Wish me luck!

You can get your own bottle of tea tree oil from Amazon.

Thanks to Brandbacker for the opportunity!

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