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Natural oils and herbs have healed external wounds and internal maladies for centuries, forming the basis of modern medicine. Herbalists find their medicines in trees, flowers and other plants, and combine the powers of different plants to create treatments for a variety of issues. The strong-scented tea tree oil is a powerful antiseptic and antiviral fighter, and when combined with the sweet-smelling, soothing power of lavender, it can create a number of healthy remedies.

Disinfectant Spray

Fill a spray bottle with 2 cups of water. Add 1/4 cup of vinegar and swirl or stir to mix the two ingredients.

Add 1/4 tsp. of tea tree oil and 1/4 tsp. of lavender oil to the spray bottle. Shake, swirl or stir well to combine all ingredients.

Spray the mixture onto counters, tables, dishes and other surfaces to disinfect the area. Wipe away with a clean rag dampened in plain water.

Wound Treatment

Drip two to three drops of tea tree oil into a small bowl or cup. You may need more oil if you are treating a large cut or scrape; you will need enough oil to cover the whole wound.

Add an equal amount of lavender oil to the bowl. Stir the two oils together to create an antiseptic solution.

Spread the tea tree and lavender solution over cuts, scrapes and other skin wounds. The oils will disinfect the area, and can also promote faster skin healing, resulting in small or fewer scars.

Warning

Tea tree oil is an extremely strong oil. Do not take tea tree oil internally or use it on sensitive areas of the body like the eyes. Those with sensitive skin should talk to a medical professional before using tea tree oil, and should introduce the oil to their skin in small, testing dosages.

Treatment with tea tree oil and lavender is not a replacement for professional medical help. If your maladies do not get better within two to three days or they worsen, contact a doctor immediately.

About the Author

Samantha Volz

Samantha Volz has been involved in journalistic and informative writing for over eight years. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, with a minor in European history. In college she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and completed a professional internship with the "Williamsport Sun-Gazette," serving as a full-time reporter. She resides in Horsham, Pennsylvania.