75 Extraordinary Uses for Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree (melaluca alternifolia) is native to Australia and using steam distillation, essential oil is extracted from its leaves and used as a natural health remedy. It is one of the most versatile and effective essential oils and it’s packed with a wide range of natural health benefits that puts it in a class of its own.
Tea Tree essential oil has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties. It contains constituents called terpenoids and it is believed that these naturally occurring organic chemicals are the main reason for its healing properties. Terpenoids are used extensively for their aromatic qualities and they also play a role in traditional herbal remedies and are under investigation for their antibacterial and their pharmaceutical functions.
In this article I am going to share with you a MASSIVE list of 75 uses for tea tree oil. You may find it useful to refer to this list in the future so remember to bookmark this page, print it and share it with your friends (I have pin, like and email buttons directly above this post and now it’s a good time to use them).
A few words about dilution– while tea tree oil can be applied directly on a small area, such as on a pimple, if you have a sensitive skin, or if you need to apply it over a larger area, dilute it with base oil such as sweet almond, jojoba, grapeseed oil, coconut oil and the like.
Another precaution – don’t swallow tea tree oil as it is toxic when taken by mouth.
Here are 75 reasons to stock up tea tree oil in your medicine cupboard:
1. Abrasions & Minor Cuts: Make sure the area is clean, then apply several drops of the oil onto the affected area. If your skin is sensitive, dilute the tea tree oil with a tablespoon of base oil. If a bandage is required, put a few drops of the oil into a cotton ball, then place it on the wound and put a bandage on top.
2. Acne: Tea tree oil can be applied directly to pimples with a cotton swab for an effective and natural acne treatment. Leave for a few hours or overnight. If you find that pure, undiluted tea tree oil is a little too harsh or drying on your skin, simply mix a couple of drops of tea tree oil into a few teaspoons of aloe vera gel or carrier oil or honey and apply directly onto the pimple you wish to get rid of. You can also mix a few drops of the oil with your regular face wash. Find here more essential oils for acne.
3. Air Freshener: Add a few drops to your diffuser and diffuse throughout the day or soak cotton balls in tea tree oil and keep them stored in a container, so when gross smells occur from cooking or general odor in a household, you can then take out the cotton balls and place in the center of the room or house, (like you would with potpourri) and then the tea tree will naturally counteract the odor and freshen the air. Much healthier than shop-bought air fresheners! Find here more ways to make your home smell fantastic with essential oils.
4. Allergies: To treat allergies naturally, massage diluted tea tree oil onto the chest, abdomen or the reflex points of the feet. Find here more 5 essential oils to treat allergies.
5. Arthritis: To ease the pain that occurs with the swelling of arthritis, add 20 drops of tea tree oil to two ounces of grapeseed or other carrier oil of your choice. Then massage onto the affected area two to three times daily. Find here more essential oils to relieve pain.
6. Asthma: Add a few drops of oil to a pot of water and heat until boiling point on the stove. Once the water has boiled, take the pot off the heat and drape a towel over your head and lean over, placing your head over the pot and breathe in for a few minutes. This will also provide a nice facial steam treatment! You can find here more natural treatments for asthma.
7. Athletes Foot: Clean feet thoroughly, paying particular attention to toes. Apply a light coating of tea tree oil to the affected area 2-3 times a day, and continue to apply it for two weeks after signs of the infection have disappeared to make sure the fungus is eradicated. If your skin is sensitive, add 10 drops oil to 1 tbsp of grapeseed oil or other carrier oil and massage into feet and between toes on a daily basis.
8. Baby Care: Keep your diaper pail squeaky clean and fresh by spraying it with tea tree oil mixed in with water. Many parents also report success with applying 5 drops tea tree oil mixed with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil for diaper rash.
9. Bacterial Infections: Massage the oil onto the affected area (dilute with base oil if your skin is sensitive) or add a few drops to a bath.
10. Bad Breath: Mix together one ounce water and one drop oil in a small cup, then swish the solution around your mouth for around 30 seconds. Do not swallow as tea tree oil is toxic when taken by mouth! Find here more natural ways to treat bad breath.
11. Bladder Infection: Run a shallow bath, then add 10 – 15 drops of oil. Wash the area with care. Find here more natural ways to treat urinary tract infection (UTI).
12. Blisters: Make sure the affected area is clean and then apply a drop or two of oil.
13. Boils: Place a warm washcloth onto the boil for a few minutes. Then apply a drop or two of oil to the affected area – the infection should then rise to the surface and be released.
14. Bronchitis: Use as instructed for asthma, then add five to ten drops to one ounce of carrier oil, and massage onto chest and throat two to three times a day. You can also try this herbal tea to relief cough and bronchitis.
15. Bruises: Apply an iced compress, (like bag of frozen vegetables covered in a dish cloth), then apply oil as instructed for Arthritis.
16. Bunions: Massage the affected area with five drops oil to one tbsp. of carrier oil.
17. Burns: Rinse the affected area with icy cold water for ten minutes. Then wait a few minutes before adding a mix of 5 drops oil with one tsp. raw honey, (Manuka honey is said to be particularly effective). Repeat this application three to five times a day until the burn has healed. Find here more effective homemade minor burn treatments.
18. Calluses & Corns: Massage the affected area with five drops oil to one tbsp. of carrier oil. Repeat two times a day. Once the corn or calluses have softened, remove with a pair of tweezers, apply several drops of tea tree oil and cover with a bandage.
19. Canker Sores: Apply a drop or two of oil onto the infected area with a cotton swab dipped in tea tree oil, twice daily. Also, use as instructed for bad breath.
20. Carbuncles: Add a drop or two of oil to a cotton swab and apply straight to carbuncle. Repeat this twice a day.
21. Carpet cleaning – You can put a few drops of the above essential oils on the vacuum cleaner bag or filter for extra cleaning power and for additional great scent.
22. Chapped Lips: Add one drop of oil to lip balm or coconut oil. Use on your lips whenever they feel really dry, sore and cracked. Do not swallow as tea tree oil is toxic when taken by mouth!
23. Chicken Pox: Apply a drop of oil onto blisters. Allow to dry, then gently dust with corn starch. Repeat every four hours or until blisters heal completely.
24. Chigger Bites: Apply a drop of oil onto bites. It may sting, but think of it as a good hurt!
25. Cold Sores: Put a drop or two of oil onto a cotton swab and apply directly onto the cold sore. Re-apply two to three times a day.
26. Coughs: Follow instructions for bronchitis. To create a vapor, add 10 drops to a steamer and breathe in for five to ten minutes.
27. Dandruff: Add 10 drops of oil for every eight ounces of your existing shampoo in the bottle. Then shake the shampoo bottle to distribute the tea tree oil thoroughly. Rub the tea tree oil shampoo into your scalp and let sit for 5 minutes. Rinse with water, repeating once per day.
28. Dermatitis: Add 10 drops oil to one tbsp. of grapeseed or other carrier oil and massage into affected areas. Repeat this process two to three times a day.
29. Dry Skin: Add five drops oil to one tbsp of sweet almond oil. Gently massage into skin.
30. Earache and Infection: Add two to three drops of oil to two tablespoons of warm olive oil. Use a dropper to drip a small amount inside of the aching ear, while tilting head to one side. Use cotton swab to absorb any excess oil. Repeat process two to three times a day. Also find here another effective healing oil to treat ear infections.
31. Eczema: Add 10 drops oil to one tbsp grapeseed oil or coconut oil and massage gently onto affected areas. Repeat this process two to three times a day. Find here more natural treatments for eczema.
32. Emphysema: Use as instructed for bronchitis. To create a vapor, add 10 drops to steamer and breathe in for five to ten minutes.
33. Flea Bites: Apply one drop of oil directly onto bites to relieve the itch and encourage the healing process. This will sting! – But don’t be put off.
34. Flea collar for dogs – make a flea collar by putting a few drops of diluted tea tree on the dog’s collar on a weekly basis. There are several caution notes you must be aware of: Never use essential oils on cats.
If you decide to put it on your dog’s collar, always use lower concentration oil (1% or less) and always dilute it with a carrier oil. Use very small amount on the collar, and don’t use it directly on the skin. Find here more ways to get rid of fleas from your home, garden and pets.
35. Gout: Add 10 drops of oil to two tbsp of carrier oil. Then massage into affected area two to three times daily. Find here more natural gout treatments.
36. Gum Disease: Make your own mouthwash with purified water, one drop of peppermint oil and one drop of tea tree oil. Then swish around your mouth, for 30 seconds, two to three times a day. Do not swallow as tea tree oil is toxic when taken by mouth! Find here more ways to treat gum infection naturally.
37. Head Lice: Add 20 drops of oil to two tbsp. shampoo. Massage into scalp and hair, and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off shampoo. Repeat three to four times a day, until eggs have disappeared.
38. Hives: Add 10 drops of oil to four tbsp. of witch hazel. Apply with cotton ball. Alternatively, combine with coconut oil (which has natural healing properties and soothes the skin) and gently apply to the infected areas.
39. Homemade Mouthwash: Make your own mouthwash by mixing purified water with a few drops of tea tree oil. Do not swallow as tea tree oil is toxic when taken by mouth!
40. Household Cleaning: Tea tree oil can be added to your own homemade cleaners to get rid of germs and to sanitize surfaces. You can make a tea tree cleaner by mixing two teaspoons of tea tree oil with two cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake vigorously to mix it up and use for household cleaning. This solution works especially well in bathrooms and toilets. Find here another recipe for natural household cleaner using essential oils.
41. Immune System: To give your immune system a boost, spray tea tree oil throughout your home regularly, and massage into the soles of the feet to enhance your immune response. Find here another 10 quick life hacks to improve your immunity.
42. Infected Wounds: Add oil to steaming water and place the infected area over the steam. Alternatively, combine one drop of tea tree with one cup of water and pour over the infected area one to two times daily, until healing occurs, or spray from a bottle of water with a few drops of oil.
43. Inflammation: Massage over the inflamed areas, towards the direction of the heart, or diffuse the tea tree oil and breathe it in.
44. Ingrown Hairs: Put one to two drops of oil onto the ingrown hairs. Repeat every two hours or until infection goes away.
45. Insect Repellent: Add 15 drops to a quarter cup of water and use over the body as an insect repellent.
46. Jock Itch: Apply 10-15 drops of oil to two tbsp. of carrier oil. Apply twice a day and gently rub corn starch over the affected area to help with chapping.
47. Laryngitis: Add 5-10 drops of oil and pinch of sea salt to one cup of warm water, gargle two to three times daily – But do not swallow as tea tree oil is toxic when taken by mouth!
48. Laundry Helper: Add one to two teaspoons of tea tree oil to your laundry to help prevent mold.
49. Mildew and Mold Remover: Combine two teaspoons of tea tree oil with two cups of water to create an all-purpose cleaner to treat mold and mildew. Shake bottle well before use. Spray on the affected surface and let it dry. Don’t rinse.
50. Mosquito Bites: Apply one drop of oil onto mosquito bites. Also read my article about 10 ways to repel mosquitoes.
51. Muscle Aches and Pains: Put 10-15 drops of oil into a warm bath along with half a cup of Epsom salts, and allow to dissolve. After you have bathed, combine 10 drops of oil with two tbsp. of carrier oil and massage.
52. Mumps: Massage over the body feet, and diffuse the oil throughout your home.
53. Nail Fungus: Paint the oil on the affected nails twice a day for at least two months. The nail has to grow out for the fungus to be eradicated, so you may not see results for a several months. Find here more natural treatments for toenail fungus.
54. Pest Control: Household bugs, such as ants do not like tea tree oil, so putting several drops at the doorway can act as a deterrent. Combine water and oil to create a solution which can be used to clean cupboards and keep pests away. Also find here more ways to repel ants and spiders.
55. Psoriasis: Combine 10 drops oil to one tbsp carrier oil and massage onto affected areas. Repeat two to three times a day. Find here more natural ways to relieve psoriasis.
56. Rashes: Combine tea tree oil with coconut oil and massage gently over the rash.
57. Ringworm: Apply one or two drops of oil undiluted. Repeat twice a day. Alternatively, combine one drop of tea tree oil with one drop of lavender oil for extra benefits.
58. Rubella: Mix tea tree oil with carrier oil and massage into the affected areas. Control the spread of infection by diffusing tea tree oil, lemon oil and lavender oil.
59. Scabies: Apply one to two drops of oil onto the affected area at morning and at night.
60. Sciatica: Combine 10 drops oil to one tbsp. carrier oil and massage onto the areas. Do this two to three times a day. Find here more natural treatments for sciatic pain.
61. Seborrhea: For skin: Mix 10 drops oil with one tbsp. of carrier oil and massage onto the area. Repeat two to three times a day. For the scalp: Mix 10 drops of oil with two tbsp. shampoo. Massage into scalp and hair, leave on your head for 10 minutes and rinse. Repeat three to four times a day. Bath: Put 10-15 drops of oil into the bath.
62. Shingles: Put 10-15 drops of oil in a bath along with a half cup of Epsom salts, and dissolve. Alternatively mix 10 drops of oil to two tablespoons of grapeseed oil or coconut oil and massage.
63. Sinusitis: Use it as a steam inhalation. To create a vaporizer, add 10 drops to a steamer and use for five to ten minutes. You can also add two drops to a neti pot. Find here more home remedies for sinus infection.
64. Sore Throat: Mix two drops of oil with one cup of warm water and a pinch of sea salt, gargle two to three times a day – But do not swallow as tea tree oil is toxic when taken by mouth!
65. Staph Infection: Rub into the soles of the feet to boost immune response and combat infection.
66. Stye: Add five drops oil to a pot of steaming water. Put a towel over your head and allow the steam the face for five minutes. Afterwards, apply warm compresses onto stye. Find here more home remedies for sties.
67. Sunburn: Mix one tablespoon of coconut oil with one drop of tea tree and one drop of lavender oil and then apply carefully to sunburn.
68. Tattoos: Apply after getting a tattoo to reduce chances of getting an infection. Dilute with coconut oil or other carrier oil. You can also spray the oil on with purified water.
69. Thrush: Mix sea salt, warm water and one drop of tea tree oil, and gargle – Do not swallow as tea tree oil is toxic when taken by mouth!
70. Ticks: If you were bitten by a tick, place a few drops of tea tree oil on cotton ball and hold it over the tick for at least 1 minute. Then remove the tick with tweezers and apply another drop of the oil on the bite to prevent infection.
71. Toothbrush Cleaner: Put a few drops of oil onto toothbrush one to two times weekly to kill bacteria.
72. Tonsillitis: Add a few drops of tea tree oil into steaming water, put a towel over your head and bend over the bowl of water to inhale. Then gargle the solution (do not swallow as tea tree oil is toxic when taken by mouth!) and massage into neck and soles of feet.
73. Vaginal Infection: Add a few drops to your bath. You can also coat a tampon with diluted tea tree oil – start from no more than one or two drops in one tablespoon of carrier oil. Coat the tampon and insert. If there is any irritation stop using the oil and wash the area with clean, warm water. Use the coated tampon for at least a day after all symptoms are gone. Find here more natural treatments for vaginal yeast infection.
74. Viral Infections: Diffuse tea tree oil throughout your home. Alternatively inhale from hot, steaming water.
75. Warts: Apply undiluted onto wart. Repeat morning and night, until wart begins to go away. Dilute with base oil for sensitive skin. For other useful essential oils, read my post about the best essential oils for warts or use this natural treatment for warts.
If you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information in my e-book Magical Aromatherapy. This e-book will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them: