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The change of seasons often signals the beginning of cold, cough and flu season. With so many different over the counter medicines to choose from, I usually try to ward off coughs and colds with some tried and true home remedies. Our medicine cabinet is stocked with vinegar, baking soda, witch hazel, hydrogen peroxide, oils and extracts. It's kinda funny the stuff my grandma and great-grandma used back in the day is the same stuff my mom and I use today.
What tried and true home remedies do you use?
My mom swears by vinegar. She uses it for cuts and scrapes, cleaning and so much more. One of my faves is tea tree oil. I use tea tree oil in my homemade soaps as tea tree oil is known for its antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties.
I received a bottle of Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil for review and thought it would be a great idea to share some ways I use tea tree oil.
- Cuts and Scrapes. Tea tree oil is a soothing antiseptic. Clean the cut and apply a couple of drops of tea tree oil to reduce chances of infection. Be sure to avoid applying near eyes as tea trea oil is a bit strong and may irritate eyes and nasal passages.
- Remove Mold and Mildew Stains. Combine 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil and 1 cup of water. Pour in a spray bottle and give it a quick shake. Spray. Wipe. Done.
- Keep the Fleas Away. Rub some tea tree oil on your pet's collar for an instant flea collar. I also dab a little on our doggy's fur and rub it in to help prevent fleas and add a couple of drops to his shampoo at bathtime.
- Clean Toilets. Simply pour a couple of drops of tea tree oil, 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of vinegar into your toilet. Give it a quick swirl with the toilet brush. Don't flush. Just let it sit until someone needs to use the use the bathroom.
- Remove Skin Tags and Clear Up Acne. Apply a few drops of tea tree oil on a cotton ball and apply directly to skin tag or pimple. Don't rinse. Apply at morning when you wake up and in the evening before heading to bed for a day or 2 and you should see noticeable results within a couple of days.
There are so many other great uses for tea tree oil and some of those other tried and true home remedies. Have you ever tried tea tree oil? What are some of your favorite home remedies?
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