Tea Tree Oil is known for several medicinal uses. According to livestrong.com, Tea Tree Essential Oil has some antibacterial and antiseptic properties and it protects and moisturizes facial skin. Tea Tree Essential Oil has numerous uses. However, using Tea Tree Oil for insect bites and using Tea Tree Oil for insect repellent are the primary external uses of Tea Tree Oil.
When you apply Tea Tree Oil on insect bites, it will help reduce the pain and if the spot is swollen, the swelling will also reduce drastically as Tea Tree Essential Oil is capable of neutralizing the poisonous effects of insect bites or stings. This is because the oil contains some natural anti-inflammatory properties and this helps to reduce swelling, itching, and redness of the skin.
The essential oil is from a plant known as the melaleuca alternifolia. It will interest you to know that people, especially Australians have been using the oil for different medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Like all other essential oils, the benefits of Tea Tree Oil are infinite as more are being discovered every day.
Application of the oil to the affected part of the skin can be very easy. You only need to soak a cotton ball in some of the oil and use the soaked cotton ball to dab the skin. Often times, the swelling, itching, or redness won’t disappear immediately but gradually, especially when you keep applying the oil on it every two hours.
Caution: For external use only. Dilute well before applying to skin. May cause skin sensitivity in some people.
Using Tea Tree Oil as a Remedy for Mosquito Bites
For adults, after a mosquito bite, you can soak cotton ball in the oil and dab the area of the skin with it. Within 48 hours, the traces of mosquito bite will disappear. If you quickly apply it immediately after the bite, there may be no itching at all.
For children, the application is a little different because they react badly to mosquito bite and their skin is more delicate. So, you need to mix some drops of Tea Tree Oil with some lavender oil. Mix the mixture with betonite clay. You can then apply it on your child’s affected skin and let the clay dry up completely. After that, you can rinse it off. You may need to apply this several times before the bite heals off totally. This usually takes a couple of days.
Using Tea Tree Oil for Insect Bites
The antibacterial and antiseptic properties in Tea Tree Oil are what make this essential oil the best oil for insect bites. You just need to soak a cotton ball in pure Tea Tree Oil and use the soaked cotton ball and dab on the affected area of the skin. Although Tea Tree Oil is enough to curb insect bites, you can mix it with lavender oil for faster relief from itchiness of the skin from insect bites.
How To Make Tea Tree Oil Insect Repellent Spray
What You Need:
- a clean empty spray bottle
- 10 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil
- ½ cup of witch hazel
- 1 ½ cup of water
- Mix the witch hazel and water together.
- Add 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil and
- Add 10 drops of lavender oil and
- Shake the mixture properly.
TO USE: You can now spray the tea tree oil solutions on the exposed parts of the body before going out. Depending on how much you intend to stay outside, you might need to go out with your repellent so that you can keep re-applying it.
Apart from being used as a repellent, Tea Tree Oil can also be used to treat medical conditions like boils, halitosis (also known as bad breath), fungal infections, earache, respiratory tract infection, cold sores, and chicken pox to mention just a few. However, new uses of Tea Tree Oil are being discovered every day.