Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil is an essential oil distilled from the leaves of the Australian Tree - Melaleuca alternifoia. Its powerful antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal properties make this oil very versatile. Tea Tree Oil is often used for treating minor skin problems such as preventing infections of cuts and scratches or to topically treat acne, cold sores or fungal problems. Tea Tree oil dissolves lumps of white blood cells, which make up pus, making it easier for the body to fight infection. Tea Tree Oil is used in many products that are convenient to have in your home first aid kit and many of these products you can make yourself with a few simple ingredients. One of the most versatile products is Tea Tree Salve which you can use for minor cuts and scratches, on fungal infections of the skin and also to alleviate itching from insect bites.

Tea Tree Salve

1 cup Olive Oil
1 ounce Beeswax
240 drops Tea Tree Oil

Place the oil and beeswax in a pint mason jar and place in a pan filled with several cups of water. Heat until the beeswax is melted, stirring to mix well. Once the beeswax is completely melted stir in the Tea Tree essential oil. Pour into small salve containers. Store any excess salve in the refrigerator until needed. Tip: You could use a double boiler to melt the wax and oil. I prefer melting the mixture in the mason jar so that I can also store my salve in that jar and avoid having to clean a messy pan. For more information on making salves visit

Antiseptic Skin Spray

4 ounces Witch Hazel
2 teasthingys 190 proof Ethyl Alcohol (if available)
60 drops Tea Tree Oil

Dissolve the Tea Tree Oil in the ethyl alcohol and then stir into the witch hazel. Pour into a spray bottle. Shake well before using. Spray on minor cuts and scratches. Tip: You can skip using the ethyl alcohol - its main purpose is to help the Tea tree oil dissolve and mix better into the solution. If you do not want to use the ethyl alcohol shaking very well before each use will be necessary.

Cleanser for Acne

1/4 cup Witch Hazel
1 Tablesthingy Aloe Vera Gel
10 drops Tea Tree Oil

Apply cleanser with a cotton ball. Use 2 -3 times a day as needed. Tea Tree Oil can effectively help reduce acne inflammation. It works slower than benzyl peroxide lotions but it is gentler on the skin.