Also known as malaleuca, tea tree essential oil can’t be beat for its powerful antiseptic properties. Whether you’re cleaning a wound, disinfecting a surface or maintaining healthy hair and skin, tea tree is a welcome addition to any first aid or home health kit.
Tea tree essential oil at a glance
Scientific name: Melaleuca alternifolia
Parts used: Leaves
Main properties: Antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-parasitic, antiviral, analgesic, decongestant
Emotional gifts: Energetic boundaries - tea tree helps you to establish healthy and resonant relationships. Tea tree helps you transition from feeling powerless and drained to releasing negative emotional baggage and co-dependent relationships
Blends well with: lavender, tree oils such as cypress or Siberian fir, lemon
Method(s) of use: aromatically (A), topically (T) and internally (I)*
Safety: Melaleuca/tea tree is safe for ‘neat’ application, meaning you can apply it undiluted to your skin (always dilute essential oils for young or sensitive people)
Cool Fact: Melaleuca/tea tree is native to Australia, where the Aborigines have used it for centuries to relieve the symptoms of colds and illnesses.
*always read the label of your essential oil to make sure it’s safe for internal use.
Supporting your well-being with tea tree
Wound care: Cleans cuts and scrapes
Skin & nail conditions: Tea tree’s antiseptic properties support your body in dealing with skin issues such as rashes, itchy spots, infectious conditions, dry scalp or skin sores. Apply to finger and toe nails to keep them healthy.
Oral health: Tea tree can be used as an effective mouth wash or added to toothpaste to help maintain healthy teeth and gums
Sore throat or ears: Tea tree can be applied topically around the outside of the ear or the throat for soothing relief when you’re feeling under the weather
Unwanted organisms: Tea tree’s anti-just-about-everything properties make it a helpful support when dealing with bacteria, yeast, insect bites or stings, or viral or fungal conditions
Natural household cleaner and disinfectant: Add tea tree to your existing home and body cleaning products, such as handwash, shampoo, surface cleaner, laundry detergent, skin care products, or toothpaste. Alternatively, make up your own recipes and blends!
Blends and recipes
Before using essential oils, learn how to use them safely and appropriately. Read my article on how to use essential oils here. Read the article on safety precautions here. Always use pure and therapeutic grade essential oils for your wellbeing. Read more about purity here.
‘To the rescue’ skin spray
Healing and soothing, this first aid spray smells amazing too
10 drops tea tree/melaleuca
10 drops lavender
5 drops lemon
5 drops frankincense
5 drops helichrysum
Combine into a 4 oz glass spray bottle and top with distilled water. Use for occasional and minor cuts, skin breakouts, stings, scrapes or insect bites. Consult your doctor if the issue is severe, recurring or requires medical attention.
Refreshing mouth wash
Goodbye artificial ingredients! Enjoy a healthy feeling mouth and fresh breath with this easy DIY mouthwash
5 drops tea tree/melaleuca
5 drops peppermint
2 drops clove
2 drops myrrh
Combine into an 8 ounce glass bottle and top with pure water. Shake well and then add about 2 oz to a small glass and use for a mouth rinse or gargle. Avoid touching your mouth directly to the bottle.
All natural toilet bowl cleanser
If you have a cat like mine, who likes to drink water from the toilet, an all-natural toilet bowl cleaner is a must-have.
½ cup baking soda
1/4 cup distilled vinegar
10 drops melaleuca/tea tree
5 drops lemon
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Depending on how dirty your toilet is, you can use half or all of it, but once combined it needs to be used right away. Add to your toilet bowl and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Then scrub clean with a toilet brush and flush.
Healthy boundaries diffuser blend
My own custom blend to help you set healthy boundaries.
4 drops tea tree - promotes healthy boundaries
2 drops bergamot - promotes self-acceptance
2 drops cedarwood - helps you feel supported with a sense of belonging
1 drop clove - helps you feel protected and courageous
It’s easy to support yourself and your family with tea tree and these DIY blends.
If you need more ideas or have specific concerns, please reach out to me!
All my best,
Live/Dried Blood Analysis - Homeopathy - Essential Oils Specialist
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