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For years, I've heard wonderful things about tea tree oil. However, until recently, I'd never tried it for myself. As with all products sent to me for review, I check them out with an open mind. I'm picky about what I review, so it's rare when I actually don't like something.
I'll tell you right now, I really like the Australian-harvested tea tree oil I received from Apothecary Extracts. Seriously. I also loved the downloadable "recipe" book, 54 Uses for Tea Tree Oil, that accompanied the oil and was amazed at the number of things tea tree oil can be used for. I must admit, it reminded me a bit of vinegar in its multiple uses, but it certainly smells better.
Even though I am not a medical professional, I could go on and on listing the positive attributes of tea tree oil, but I'm going to simply focus on a few. Because of its antiseptic properties, it is both medicinal and disinfecting, which makes it the perfect choice for treating:
- cold sores
- jock itch
- toenail fungus
- yeast infections
- and more
- body wash
- facial cleanser
- and even toothpaste!
This past Friday, I mentioned how tea tree oil can be used to treat head lice and I included a recipe for tea tree oil shampoo, so I won't repeat it here. If you want to check out the recipe, click here.
While I haven't yet tried the shampoo, I did use the 100% pure Australian tea tree oil I received from Apothecary Extracts to rinse my hair and I can't tell you how much I loved the result! I added couple of drops to a pitcher of warm water and poured it over my freshly washed hair. Once dry, my hair was shiny, tangle-free and amazingly soft. I just might use tea tree oil more often than I use apple cider vinegar as a rinse (shocking, I know!).
If you have a daughter with long hair, you probably have wanted to take a razor to it at one point or another. It seems tangled hair is inevitable with little girls. Tea tree oil to the rescue!
Detangling Tea Tree Oil Conditioner
What you'll need:
- 10 drops tea tree oil
- 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar (of course)
- Clean spray bottle (make sure it's never had any chemicals in it)
- 1 cup distilled water
If you've been following Green Grandma for long, you know how I feel about fabric softener (hint: I hate it!). While our family sticks to distilled white vinegar in the wash and wool dryer balls in the dryer, I know some of you are resistant to change. You like the scent dryer sheets leave behind on your clothing, towels, and sheets. You do know it's toxic, right? That's why I was thrilled to see the following recipe in the book that accompanied my tea tree oil:
Tea Tree Oil Dryer Sheets
What you'll need:
- Old t-shirts, flannels, or towels cut into 5"x7" rectangles
- Container with airtight lid
- 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar (see, I don't divert much from my first love!)
- 8 drops tea tree oil
- 4 drops lavender oil
- 2 drops lemon essential oil
How's that for an eco-friendly solution to your dryer sheet needs?
Here's one more recipe from the book that I'd like to share:
Topical Tea Tree Oil Treatment
What you'll need:
- 10-15 drops of tea tree oil
- 1 TBSP coconut, grapeseed, or jojoba oil
- Plastic or glass container
With my husband's recent bout with gout, in addition to drinking tart cherry juice, he started using the topical tea tree oil treatment and massaging his foot and elbow (yeah, he had a double bout with it) twice a day. It provided significant relief.
You can always Google more uses for tea tree oil, but if you want the 54 Uses for Tea Tree Oil book, you just need to purchase the Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil. Then you get the benefit of both!
While this seems like a glowing review, there are some downsides I want to point out. I added 5 drops of tea tree oil to a warm bath on 2 different nights. Both times I had to get out of the tub because my thighs started burning. It wasn't bad enough that I had to follow up with a shower, but it was too uncomfortable to stay in the tub. Obviously, I have some kind of sensitivity to the tea tree oil.
The other downside isn't about the oil itself; it's about the booklet that accompanies the oil. While I loved the wide array of recipes, I was a little bummed out that most of them call for additional essential oils, most of which I do not have on hand. That means I couldn't take advantage of the recipes without spending more money. That was disappointing. Also, the .pdf file includes lots of color photos, most of which are irrelevant and are simply used as fillers. Because of the photos, it is totally impractical to print the guide and I am one who likes printed copies of things. I simply don't like storing things on my computer. If I want to check a recipe, I don't want to turn on my desktop to find it.
So, it's not all good, but it's pretty darn close.
Reviewing it for you,
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