How to Make a Tea Tree Oil Spray

Overview

Tea tree oil, a product of the distillation of the leaves from the Australian plant Melaleuca alternifolia, is a very powerful natural antiseptic. According to the Mayo Clinic, tea tree oil has been traditionally used to prevent and treat infections because of potent antibacterial and anti-fungal qualities. As a natural cleanser and disinfectant, tea tree oil has many potential benefits. Besides its use on humans, tea tree oil can also prevent fungus on plants. The best way to apply it on plants is to make a simple spray with water.

Step 1

Combine 2 cups of water with 2 tbsp. of tea tree oil. Mix well.

Step 2

Place the solution in an empty plastic spray bottle.

Step 3

Spray the solution directly onto leaves of plants to combat fungus. Plant disease can be prevented by routinely spraying this natural disinfectant.

Step 4

Generally use the tea tree oil spray as an antiseptic or air freshener in troublesome areas that are prone to mold, mildew or fungal infections.

Tips and Warnings

  • Pure tea tree oil is very powerful and has a very strong odor. Be careful when using near skin; do not place directly on sensitive skin.

Things You'll Need

  • Empty plastic spray bottle
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp. tea tree oil

References

  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Organic Pesticides Guide
Keywords: tea tree oil, antiseptic, garden

About this Author

Although born and raised in Southern California, Kristin Kosearas has traveled far and wide. Kosearas caught the travel bug after graduating from UC Irvine with a degree in political science, and those experiences are embedded in her writing, found in several school publications and for eHow via Demand Media. She also has work experience in education and the beauty industry.