Melaleuca Oil (melaleuca alternifolia)
Today I will tell you about my favorite essential oil — Melaleuca. Also known as tea tree oil, this highly versatile oil from Australia has antiviral, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties. There are so many uses for melaleuca oil. My family and I use a drop or two for small cuts, minor burns, blisters, bug bites, mouth sores, dandruff, acne, athlete’s foot — I’ve even taken it internally using a gel cap to help soothe a stomach bug. Melaleuca works around the house too — use it to freshen a load of laundry in the washing machine or put in a glass spray bottle with water to disinfect countertops or to safely kill ants and keep them out of the kitchen.
My absolute favorite use for melaleuca is for canker sores. These painful, annoying mouth sores LOVE to stick around for awhile and make life miserable. I put a drop or two at the end of a Q-tip and then place it directly on the canker sore. Not only does it help alleviate the pain, but it will help the canker heal and disappear! (It does taste awful, though, so be forewarned. But it is totally worth it!)
How do you use melaleuca oil? What are some of your favorite essential oils for health and wellness? Leave your ideas in the comments below.
Hey, have you heard of Melaleuca, the Wellness Company? They sell products that already have melaleuca included within them. If you’re not a DIY kind of person, getting household cleaning and wellness products from this company is a great alternative. Go to this link for more info, and feel free to ask me any questions in the comments below.