Tea tree oil is, like Lavender, one of the perfect first aid kit oils.
It is the “anti-oil”—antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, and more.
It’s also one of the most well known and popular of all the essential oils.
Tea tree is great to use on wounds, cuts, and scrapes, as long as you make sure not to apply directly to the sore but around it. It is also great in a diffuser blends during cold and flu season when you’re battling airborne germs or trying to soothe coughs and bronchitis.
Here’s everything you need to know about tea tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia).
For skin issues, tea tree is often applied directly to the affected area or around a sore for quicker healing.
Tea tree oil for acne
Tea tree can be used neat (directly) on the skin. Apply a drop to an emerging pimple or add to a homemade face wash or moisturizer for added cleansing properties.
Tea tree oil for cold sores
Use tea tree neat on cold sores, especially when the first symptoms or tingles are felt, at least 3-4 times a day. You can also make up a blend of Tea tree, Roman chamomile, and Bergamot in a coconut oil to combat cold sores as well.
Tea tree oil for warts
Apply alone directly to the warts several times a day. A blend of Tea tree, Lemon and Thyme can be made in 30 ml of coconut oil and applied daily.
Tea tree oil for nail fungus
Cover nails directly several times a day.
Tea tree oil for lice
Make a blend of 3 drops of Tea tree, 3 drops of Lavender, 1 drop of Peppermint and 1 drop of Rosemary, and add to 100 ml of distilled water in a spray bottle. Spray hair before and after school, especially at the nape of the neck and behind the ears.
Tea tree oil for hair
Add a few drops of Tea tree to shampoo and lather it into hair to keep it looking thick, clean, and healthy.
A Closer Look
Tea tree oil, sometimes known as Melaleuca, is steam distilled from the leaves and branches of a bushy tree. It has a medicinal, slightly spicy, camphoraceous aroma.
When used in blending, tea tree is a top note so it will be the first to be smelled in a blend; however, it will evaporate quickest. Good to blend with other antibacterial and antiseptic oils for a synergistic effect.
Tea tree is highest in alcohols and monoterpenes and its botanical family is Myrtaceae, all of which make tea tree an oil that is stimulating and cleansing to the body systems, good for immune support, and good for the respiratory system.
Tea tree is well known for its uses with skin issues and irritations, fungal infections and respiratory complaints. It’s a good choice for symptoms in cold and flu season and can support the immune system before you get sick.
Tea tree oil may cause irritation, so a skin patch test is advisable.
Blends and Blending
Tea tree blends well with: Basil, Bergamot, Black pepper, Cedarwood, Roman chamomile, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Wild Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary
Quick and Easy
These doTERRA blends contain tea tree:
- Easy Air (Breathe) – a great diffuser blend to promote easy breathing and a restful night’s sleep and to protect against environmental threats
- HD Clear – a topical blend to promote a clear complexion and reduce the appearance of breakouts
- Purify – an uplifting and refreshing blend that purifies the air and removes unwanted odors and protects against environmental threats
- For a refreshing and purifying diffuser blend – add 2 drops Tea tree, 1 drop Peppermint, 2 drops Lavender and 2 drops Lemon
- Skin Toner – 120 ml witch hazel, 6 drops tea tree, 6 drops lavender, 2 drops lemon, 4 drops geranium, 2 drops Frankincense. Pour over cotton pads and keep in an airtight container.
- Diaper Cream – 60 ml virgin coconut oil, 15 drops Lavender, 10 drops Tea tree.
Melt coconut oil in double boiler or microwave, let cool a minute and then add essential oils. Store in an airtight glass container.
What are the benefits of tea tree oil?
Tea tree oil is well known for its cleansing and rejuvenating effect on the skin. It promotes healthy immune function, and can protect against environmental and seasonal threats.
- Used in Aromatherapy to help relieve colds and coughs.
- Add to water alone, or along with Peppermint and Lemon essential oil, for a refreshing mouth rinse and breath freshener.
- Renowned for its cleansing effect on the skin.
- Combine one to two drops with your facial cleanser or moisturizer for added cleansing properties.
- Apply to skin after shaving.
- Apply to fingernails and toenails after showering to cleanse and keep nails looking healthy.
- Create your own aftershave with Tea Tree and Cedarwood.
Is tea tree oil good for skin rashes?
Best known for its purifying and cleansing properties to the skin and nails, tea tree can be used for relief of skin irritations. Whether you use it directly on the skin, or in a base oil to avoid irritation, tea tree can be used on rashes (either alone or in a blend).
Can you swallow tea tree oil?
Add 1–2 drops to water, citrus drinks, or veggie caps to support healthy immune system function.
Can you gargle with tea tree oil?
Yes, you can add a drop or two to a glass of water. And also, here’s a great recipe for a homemade mouthwash:
Add 2 teaspoons of salt to 4 cups of warm water and mix well. Let cool if desired, then add 5 or more drops each of Melaleuca, doTERRA On Guard, Cinnamon, and Peppermint and 2 drops of Clove. Rinse for 30 seconds two times per day.
This rinse is also an easy “at work remedy” for the dreaded post-lunch smelly breath—your coworkers will thank you! Be sure to drink plenty of water, not coffee, soft drinks or alcohol, which can lead to a drier mouth. Remember, most flavored waters contain sugar, so water is always best.
Do you need to dilute tea tree oil? If so, how?
Sometimes tea tree oil can cause skin irritations, so a skin patch test is always suggested. But if it doesn’t cause problems with you, it can be used directly on the skin. If irritation does occur, dilute in a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil first. If you’re using tea tree in a cleansing or toning blend for the skin, follow the directions that come with your DIY recipe.
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