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Melaleuca essential oil: handmade apothecary

Melaleuca essential oil: handmade apothecary

Melaleuca essential oil (more commonly known as “tea tree”) is such a gentle, but powerful oil. I love using it in everything and for everything!

If you’ve seen my Handmade Apothecary series then you know that people wonder about the cost of DoTerra essential oils; are you really getting your money’s worth? This series will cover the ten most popular oils that come in a kit and will show you how much you can actually do with your 15 mL bottle of essential oil (I’m basing my evaluation on the Home Essentials kit which comes with 10 essential oils in 15 mL bottles, excluding Deep Blue which only comes in a 5 mL bottle. Each 15 mL bottle has approximately 250 drops and a 5 mL has about 85 drops). Be sure to read the disclaimer if you haven’t already!

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Melaleuca essential oil—handmade apothecary

Some of these DIY will require additional essential oils included in the kit. So when you buy a kit, you can make all of these things without needing to buy more oils. Recipes that include oils that are not included in the kit will be marked with a * and have a variation to suit the oils in your kit.

Breakout blend: I call this my “spot remover”, but I basically use it whenever I get breakouts. You’ll need two other oils that come in the kits (oregano and lemon) but only 10 drops of Melaleuca. Bonus: this doubles as a bug bite/sting soother. Follow the tutorial here.

Soothing skin salve: This salve is this first salve I made with my essential oils and I love it for anything skin related—dry, flaky skin, itching, redness, bumps, etc. I even used it on my rooster after he got frostbite on his comb! You’ll need frankincense and lavender as well (they come in a kit), but only 10 drops of Melaleuca. Follow this tutorial to make the salve!

Deep moisturizing face cream: I don’t use this as often in the summer, but I love it in the winter! I use a cup of shea butter, 10 drops frankincense, 10 drops lavender, and 10 drops of melaleuca essential oil. If you join my group you can watch the tutorial on how to make it.

DIY hair serum: You can buy a Root to Tip Serum by DoTerra, which I LOVE, but if you’re a DIY gal like myself, you can make your own—it probably won’t be as amazing as the real deal, but you only use 15 drops of Melaleuca essential oil (plus a couple more that come in your kit!) The DIY is here!

Add to your shampoo: this is a great idea to help promote a healthy scalp and a preventative measure against lice. Just add 5 drops to your shampoo.

Owie cleaner: So I don’t know that “owie” is technically a word? At least my computer doesn’t think so 😊 but basically, when my kids get hurt, they have an “owie”—and a lot of times I’ll use a tincture I’ve made to clean it (like this goldenrod one), but you can also make this owie cleaner with melaleuca. You’ll need a 2 oz spray bottle. Add 10 drops of melaleuca then fill the rest of the bottle with witch hazel. Shake before use and spray on the “owie” area. Spray liberally on any reddish areas during the body’s natural healing process as well.

Mosquito away spray: Mosquitos don’t bother me much, but I’ve heard they don’t like melaleuca essential oil either, so follow this tutorial and you’ll be using 20 drops of your melaleuca, plus a couple of other oils in your kit—tutorial is here.

Yoga mat spray: because sometimes our yoga mats get dirty, even if we only occasionally use them (raises hand). This is meant to clean your mat and get alllllll the potential gross things off of it, not to make it smell delicious. If you want it to smell great then I would use this cleaning spray first, then wait and spritz with the lavender linen spray. Okay, so to make this you’ll need a 2 oz spray bottle and 10 drops Add the melaleuca to the bottle then fill the rest with witch hazel. Spray your mat, wipe down, let dry, then spray with the lavender linen spray.

Funky gunk skin salve: This is a powerful salve for those funky skin things that just don’t seem to go away; itching, redness, flaking, weird bumps, cracked skin, etc. I haven’t had a chance to use this yet, but if I ever have any itchiness caused by like, a fungus, this is what I would use! You can follow the tutorial here, and you’ll be using two oils in your kit, but only 15 drops of Melaleuca.

Melaleuca essential oil breakdown

Check out all of the things you can make with a bottle of melaleuca essential oil and still have oil left over!

A bottle of Melaleuca essential oil costs $19 (wholesale). There are approximately 250 drops in a 15mL bottle. IF you made everything in this post, you just used 110 drops of Melaleuca essential oil, which means you still have 140 drops left. Guys, that’s more than half a bottle. You just handmade all of these beautiful things for your home and apothecary and you STILL HAVE OIL LEFT. I’ll be sharing more ways to use melaleuca in the future so subscribe to the blog to stay updated!


And guess what? You don’t even have to make all of these things—just make the ones you want or need! Which one is on your list?


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