Tea tree is native to the Australian outback, where aborigines have used it for centuries as a remedy for just about everything.
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Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) is native to the Australian outback, where aborigines have used it for centuries as a remedy for just about everything. The distilled oil is a powerful antiseptic and fungicide, and it makes an invigorating foot spray. Tea tree oil is easy to find at natural food stores. MAKES 1/3 CUP
Australian Foot Spray Recipe
• 1/2 teaspoon tea tree oil
• 2 tablespoons witch hazel solution
• 1/4 cup water
1. Mix together all ingredients.
2. Pour into a clean spray bottle or container with a tight-fitting lid.
3. To use: Spray or splash on feet.
Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty at Home (Henry Holt, 2002) and co-author of EcoBeauty (Ten Speed Press, 2009).
Click here for the main article, Body & Soul: How to Take Care of Your Feet.