Cold and flu season is here. But instead of slathering on antibacterial soap, consider natural ways to boost your immunity, like tea tree oil. It’s definitely something you should have in your arsenal at home. Here’s why.

Tea tree oil is a native tree to Australia. It has a woody and astringent aroma, but it’s not a tea that you can drink, like black or green tea. Actually, you shouldn’t ingest tea tree oil at all. 

However, you can apply it topically or inhale it, and access its powerful therapeutic benefits this way. Tea tree oil has  antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and believe it or not, it was used by World War II soldiers as an antibiotic. 

Here are several different ways you can use it, too.

Warm comfort for colds and flus 

Tea tree oil is a natural antibiotic. So, when you have the cold or flu, warm a wet washcloth and add a couple drops of this essential oil to it. Then, inhale for several breaths. 

Disinfecting spray 

To keep harmful bacteria from spreading, mix four to five drops of tea tree essential oil in about two cups of water in a spray bottle. Use it at home, at the office, or when you’re running errands. 

If you’d like to use it to clean your home, increase the amount of tea tree oil to about 10 drops of oil for every two cups of water. This packs quite the antibacterial punch!

Fight the flu

Tea tree oil fights infection, too. So, you can add this oil to a diffuser for up to 30 minutes to help clear nasal passages, improve sleep and support your body’s innate healing processes. 

Remember, with essential oils, a little goes a long way. So, only use as necessary to get the best results.

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