Tea Tree Essential Oil


Tea tree oil, explains the UWA Tea Tree Oil Research Group, is the essential oil steam distilled from the Australian plant Melaleuca alternifolia (unique to Australia and native to Northern New South Wales). Tea tree oil is usually clear to very pale golden in color and it exudes a fresh, camphor-like scent.


This oil is often called a "medicine cabinet in a bottle" and is effective against bacteria, fungi, and viruses and stimulates the immune system. Tea tree oil is known for its mind blowing antiseptic and antibacterial properties that are so powerful that would compare in strength to raw chemicals and industrial acids. At the same time tea tree essential oil is gentle enough to be used diluted on skin.





Using Tea Tree Essential Oil


Mind & Spirit

Tea tree oil has many benefits that treat not only external conditions, such as problems with the skin and dryness, but also for calming the mind and relaxing you. Tea tree oil can also be an excellent base note if you like to make up your own tea tree aromatherapy products and blends.

Diffused In Air

Tea Tree Oil (melaleuca alternifolia) is a powerful essential oil to diffuse in your home and work place, especially during the cold and flu season. It helps to cleanse the air and prevent the spread of infection.

One of its predominate benefits is in its ability to boost the immune system in fighting off infectious diseases. It has the ability to activate white corpuscles that in turn defend against infectious and invading germs, and can help shorten the duration of an illness. Add 5 - 10 drops of oil to your diffuser to harness its benefits.




Important: Tea Tree oil can be toxic if taken internally in large quantities. External use only.

  • Warts: No doubt warts are one of the most unattractive of skin issues. Many people don't realize that warts are actually caused by a virus in your skin. Since tea tree oil has been proven to kill all sorts of viruses, it is effective at curing warts. To treat warts with tea tree oil simply apply the oil, full strength, to the affected area. Because the skin covering the wart is so thick you should not experience any irritation from this. If you do have irritation, dilute the oil slightly. Apply daily for best results.
  • Acne: Tea tree oil contains very strong anti-microbial properties, which basically means it will kill bacteria. Studies in Australia have found that although initially it took a bit longer to see results with tea tree oil, over time this natural remedy was more effective and had fewer side effects than over the counter acne medications. For acne treatment you should dilute 1 part of essential oil to 5 parts of carrier oil.
  • Nail Fungus: A drop of pure tea tree applied (i.e. via Q-tip) to an infected toenail twice per day has been suggested as a toenail fungus remedy. One clinical study found that 100% tea tree oil administered topically was comparable to clotrimazole in effectiveness against onychomycosis, the most frequent cause of nail disease. It was not as effective at lower concentrations.
  • Ring worms and other skin parasites: To use tea tree oil topically for these type of ailments you should dilute the oil 1/2 or less. Apply the solution regularly until you begin to see results.
  • Lung congestion: Using this essential oil in a diffuser, a pot of boiling water, or in a hot shower can really help open your sinuses. Just holding the bottle under your nose and breathing it in slowly for a few minutes can work wonders.
  • Cold and Flu: By adding tea tree oil to a bath it can help fight a cold or flu. If you are having issues with congested that often comes along with colds tea tree can help to break down the mucus build up and help you breathe easier.
  • Cold Sores: A mix of one tablespoon of coconut oil, with 5 drops of tea tree mixed in, can be applied (using a Q-tip or cotton swab) carefully to a cold sore several times per day. If this is commenced at the earliest sign of cold sore (tingling sensation) it may be able to stop it in its tracks. There has been some support from science suggesting that Tea Tree oil may have an action against the Herpes simplex virus when applied topically as soon as possible after the onset of the cold sore.
  • Head lice: A 2008 study of in vitro toxicity showed a tea tree oil was more effective against head lice than permethrin, a popular pharmaceutical insecticide remedy. This study is especially significant as permethrin is known to be toxic and is now classified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a likely human carcinogen:
  • Psoriasis: Tea Tree oil has ability to help with psoriasis. Psoriasis are red itchy spots that come up during stress and as a reaction to certain foods. This video will elaborate further.





  • Dandruff: Tea tree oil helps alleviate dry scalp which can cause dandruff. To treat dandruff simply add a few drops of the oil to your shampoo. If you have severe dandruff you may want to try massage a small amount of 1 to 5 parts diluted tea tree oil into your scalp
  • Hair, Split Ends: It seems to work best on split ends and fly aways. To help daily hair issues like split ends or fly aways, take a few drops of 1/2 diluted oil, rub it between your palms and them apply to trouble areas.
  • Chapped lips: Nobody likes chapped, cracked lips - one it is painful and from the beauty perspective no one wants to be seen with skin peeling off your lips. While some people face this problem only during winter, a few others have chapped lips throughout the year. Here is what you need to do to have soft, smooth and pink lips: Mix two drops of tea tree oil to one teaspoon of jojoba oil or a little bit of cold cream and apply it on your cracked lips every day. This mixture can also be used on your inflamed cuticles.


  • Strong antiseptic: Tea tree oil is a very powerful oil and should not be used in great amount, and spread over large body area. Dilute 1 to 10 parts of Tea tree oil with carrier oil to use this powerful antiseptic lotion.


Mosquitoes and Bugs

  • Bedbugs and mites: One study has shown a 5% tea tree oil solution to be more effective than commercial agents against the scabies mite in an in vitro situation. Other "promising" essential oils against scabies include turmeric and neem. 2 teaspoons can also be added to laundry, using a very hot water setting, to kill mites, bedbugs. A few drops of oil can also be added to a spray bottle and used as an ant deterrent - used to clean cupboards and places where ants enter the home.



  • All-purpose cleaner: Tea tree oil is known for its mind blowing antiseptic and antibacterial properties that are so powerful that would compare in strength to raw chemicals and industrial acids. To create an all-purpose cleaner, combine 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil in 2 cups of water in a spray bottle.
  • Mould Removal: since it contains those properties that fight bacteria and fungus, one of the many popular uses for tea tree oil is to remove mould. Protect your family by scrubbing out this dangerous bacterium without using harsh chemicals that can irritate the skin.
  • Freshen laundry: Add a few drops in your washing machine to scent your clothes. Also, if you forgot to put the clothes in the dryer, unless they need re-washed, run again with spray of tea tree oil diluted in water to remove smell. You can also scent wool dryer balls with tea tree oil.




  • Not recommended for pregnant women and infants.
    Individuals with serious and chronic health issues should consult an expert prior to using oils.




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