Prepping Herbs: 40 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

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    There is a huge movement towards using essential oils for their survival medicinal purposes. While these oils have in actuality been used for hundreds of years, we lost track of their amazing abilities to heal and treat our injuries and ailments when pharmaceuticals came into the fold and promised convenient cures. Although modern drugs offer many benefits to those who use and depend on them, those very same drugs that we have come to rely on may not be there after the SHTF. When such a day comes, we will be best off if we take a hint from the past and return to the days of essential oils.

    Before you run out and stock up on essential oils, there is something you should know. Essential oils are good for a lot of purposes, but in some cases need a transport medium of sorts. In other words, essential oils might need to be diluted depending on the way you need to use them, such as in the case of a muscle rub. Examples of diluting solutions are actually other oils and include grapeseed oil, olive oil, coconut oil, and many more. Just mix the essential oil you intend to use with the oil you've selected as a transport medium (often referred to as a carrier oil) and apply. For the purpose of creating a gargling solution for sore throats and the like or for use in soothing baths or to create scented vapor to clear airways, water is an adequate transport medium for dilution.

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    While many essential oils offer health benefits, Tea Tree Oil, which comes from the Malaleuca Tree, boasts a plethora of uses. From respiratory illness to wound care, tea tree oil brings a lot of uses to the survival table, such as:

    1. Wound care
    2. Muscle aches and pains
    3. Ringworm
    4. Sinusitis
    5. Tick removal
    6. Arthritis
    7. Bladder infection
    8. Bronchitis
    9. Chapped lips
    10. Earache/infection
    11. Head lice
    12. Asthma
    13. Bug bites
    14. Burns
    15. Coughs
    16. Laryngitis
    17. Rheumatism
    18. Sciatica
    19. Staph infection
    20. Warts
    21. Viral infections
    22. Sore throat
    23. Pest control/repellant
    24. Cold sores
    25. Gout
    26. Canker sores
    27. Blisters
    28. Athlete's foot
    29. Warts
    30. Psoriasis
    31. Rashes
    32. Shingles
    33. Sunburn
    34. Tonsillitis
    35. Jock itch
    36. Hives
    37. Chicken pox
    38. Calluses
    39. Bacterial infections
    40. Eczema
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    There has been some back and forth in regards to drinking tea tree oil. Depending on to whom you talk and which research you choose to support, arguments do exist regarding the safety of drinking tea tree oil. For the purposes listed above that lend to the concept of consumption, only gargling is recommended. It may seem like drinking tea tree oil would be the way to treat issues such as a sore throat, but only a diluted gargle is generally recommended with the solution being spit out afterwards. If you choose to consume tea tree oil, remember that such a choice is yours to make and is done so at your own risk, of course.

    A simple application of tea tree oil to the skin, whether it is diluted in a transport medium and massaged in or applied at full strength, can work wonders for that which ails you. When the time of modern medicine is behind us and we are faced with starting over and using things such as essential oils to get by, tea tree oil will be a good thing to have.

    Prepping is a state of mind. If you can think of a 41st use for Tea Tree oil, let us know below.

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