Three products I also have in stock.
Tea Tree Oil – Tea tree oil has long been valued for its antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Oh my I love this little thing, and whilst it has many uses, these are my favourite ways to use it.
- Cleaning: This is how I use up the majority of my tea tree oil. With a mixture of distilled water, and 15-20 drops (depending on the size of the spray bottle you are using, mine is a 90ml bottle) of tea tree oil I spray to my hearts content, well, whilst not going overboard.
Basically anything that needs disinfecting can benefit from tea tree oil, but I exclusive use it on my phone screen (being careful around the camera etc), my yoga mat, and my bedding. As it is Natures disinfectant I feel satisfied using it on things that I put my face against, such as my phone, to help remove the bacteria build up – and there is a lot, I read once that there can be more bacteria on your phone than on a toilet seat, which to be honest makes sense, we are constantly touching it, holding it, placing it here and there, handing it to other people- and then putting it against our faces (yuk).
As for spraying it on my bedding, I do it on evenings when I know it’s going to be a hot night, and sweating in inevitable, I have found I am significantly less likely to wake up with sweat spots (sorry, gross) when I have done this. My only caution here would be to remove any pets when doing this, and allow the room to air off. I also use this trick whenever I stay in a hotels, (taking the mixture with me in a travel perfume atomiser) I spray down the bedding beforehand, and seen as studies have shown that tea tree oil can inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungus, and even kill bed bugs, it makes me feel so much more comfortable sleeping on sheets many, many other people have slept on too.
As with any essential oil, it can be an irritant to your skin, so I highly recommend applying a small amount to your inner arm to see if any reaction occurs and if not continue use with low concentrations until you figure out your own personal tolerance.
- Healing spots: one study found that tea tree oil proved to be just as effective as Benzoyl Peroxide minus the negative side effects such as redness, dryness and peeling skin. Simply apply a couple of drops onto a cotton swab (or your clean finger tip) and place directly onto the spot.
- Hair: like other essential oils, such as coconut oil, tea tree has the ability to soothe dry flaking skin, remove dandruff and can even be used as a natural way to treat head lice. This can be done by adding several drops into whatever shampoo you use. I also use it when I have spots on my head (very annoying) and it works great to clear them up a lot quicker, I either do this by applying a drop or two directly onto the spot, or spraying a mixture of tea tree oil and water onto my head, focusing on the skin.
Savlon – Antiseptic Cream, helps prevent infection and aids natural healing.
Savlon has always been a staple in my household, there isn’t a time I don’t remember seeing it in the medicine cupboard. But once hormones hit I became more appreciative of its other uses, and now a tube of it sits in my bedside table. It can be used on cuts and grazes, insect bites and stings, sore or chapped skin, blisters, burns, minor sunburn and spots. Its cleanses and helps prevent infections on minor skin problems. It is basic and brilliant
Sudocrem – Antiseptic Healing Cream.
I apply a small amount directly to angry spots, reducing the spots redness and drying it out quicker. Whilst I have tried the ‘Sudocrem face mask’ I wasn’t much impressed, it was very messy, difficult to remove or rub in, and somehow dried my skin out, whilst leaving it oily. But for a couple of spots dotted around my face it works well.
What are you simple essentials that you find yourself reaching for? Maybe without even realising.