Ten Ways to Use Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea Tree Essential Oil for Health, Beauty and Cleaning


Tea Tree oil comes from the evergreen leaves of the Australian Melaleuca alternifolia tree. It has been known for its healing and disinfecting properties for over a century and a wealth of scientific evidence1 exists to support its effectiveness. It is one of Nature’s finest antibiotics because it is so effective at killing bacteria.

Health & Beauty Uses:

1.      Aromatherapy.

Use a drop or two of the oil on a warm washcloth and inhale to treat colds, viruses, coughs, sunburn, toothaches, and other issues where bacteria is the root cause.

2.      Acne.

Avoid using those expensive, unnatural, chemical - ridden acne treatments. Dab a drop of Tea Tree Oil on a damp cotton ball or cue tip and apply to trouble spots. Make sure you do dampen with water and do not use the Tea Tree Oil alone, as it would be too potent on your delicate skin on its own. You don’t want to deal with super dry spots on top of acne. However, mixed with water, your blemishes will be significantly reduced in a day…and, naturally.

3.      Dandruff.

Tea Tree Oil is very effective against dandruff. It’s amazing that it can be used to combat acne, which is thought of as an oil issue and at the same time, dandruff, which is viewed as a dryness issue. To combat against dandruff, the key is the mix of oil to shampoo. Use 5 percent Tea Tree Oil to shampoo. About 3-4 drops of oil into a whole bottle of your natural, scentless shampoo should do the trick.  Do not put the oil directly onto scalp.

4.      Nail infections.

Have a hangnail or a nail irritation? Dabbing a bit of oil onto the nail will act as an antibacterial but without causing irritation to the skin.

5.      Sinus Infections.

Tea tree oil is antiviral and antibacterial, making it great for any sort of infection of the respiratory system.  Boil water and add a few drops of Tea Tree Oil to the water. After removing the pot from heat, put a towel over your head and breathe in for 10-15 minutes.

Cleaning Uses:

1.      General Tea Tree Oil Cleaning Spray

You get the jist, anything that needs disinfecting, cleaning, or balancing can benefit from Tea Tree Oil. Combine 4-5 drops of oil into 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Use to clean household surfaces like countertops and kitchen floors.  

2.      Household Antiseptic Spray

Similar to above, but add double the drops (10 drops of oil) to 2 cups of water in a spray bottle for tough areas like the bathroom and sink. Even use to clean the bottoms of shoes for an antibacterial purpose.

3.      Mold Remover

Use the concentration of antiseptic spray in #2 above, and spray on moldy areas, but do not wipe up or rise. Let it sit and it will take care of any problems.

4.      Laundry Detergent

Add 3-4 drops of oil to your detergent for mold prone items like chunky sweaters and wool. Tea Tree Oil is a powerful mold fighter.

5.      Air freshener

To make your own essential oil gel air freshener,  you'll need 2  tablespoons of clear gelatin powder, Tea Tree Oil,  a ½ cup of hot water, and clean clear jars of your choice.

Stir together and heat the clear gelatin powder, approximately 20 drops of essential oil, and the water. Pour the liquid into clean jar(s) once the gelatin has melted. Put the jars in the refrigerator until the gel has set.

When purchasing:

Make sure you purchase oil that comes in a dark glass bottle to ensure that light exposure does not reduce the potency of the oil.

In addition, try to purchase organic oils with no added ingredients and from companies that are transparent about their sourcing methods. Language like "therapeutic grade" carry no guarantee and are not regulated by any governing bodies, so beware of these deceiving selling tactics and go for the basics. Organic, well-sourced oils!

One more note, never ingest the oil orally.

Share the creative ways you use tea tree oil in the comments!