Also called Melaleuca oil, Tea Tree is one of the most popular essential oils. Here are some key uses that make it a valuable addition to your oil collection!
Tea Tree at a Glance:
Distillation method | steam distillation
Aroma | fresh, clean and medicinal with herbaceous notes
Best areas it grows | Australia
Blends well with | Bergamot, Citrus oils, Chamomile, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Clove, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Myrrh, Orange, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Pine, Ravensara, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Tangerine & Thyme
Aromatherapist Tip: Tea Tree is easy to tell when it's old or oxidized (no longer potent)...
Go by smell!
Old Tea Tree starts to smell musty and almost sour.
Fresh, good quality Tea Tree has a sharp, clean and medicinal scent.
Top 3 Uses
Tea tree has many applications for immune support. This oil has antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial properties and helps stimulate immune function. The first benefit we want to highlight is Tea Tree's ability to boost natural immunity. One study performed in 1999 looked into Tea Tree's affects on human white blood cells. This study found that the "antiseptic activity of Tea Tree oil appears to be due, in part, to white blood cell activation." Meaning, Tea Tree oil works to boost your natural immunity by stimulating your white blood cells (a key part of the immune system) to act. Besides helping strengthen your body against colds and viruses, Tea Tree has a wide application in immune support. It's been used traditionally as a natural remedy to soothe coughs and has even been recently studied in healing cancer tumors! Several studies have been done on the use of tea tree to prevent the growth of tumors in mice. You can read the findings of one study here.
Another benefit of Tea Tree is it's safe to use with kids as young as 2yrs. We included Tea Tree in our kid-safe immune support blend, Cough+Cold ;) When using Tea Tree with children under 5yrs, you should always dilute it with a carrier oil. Check out our dilution recommendations for kids here!
Skin care is one of the more traditional areas of use for Tea Tree over the years. If I'm using Tea Tree, it's typically for some skin issue. Tea Tree helps heal blisters without popping or oozing. It helps clear up boils, abcesses and can help reduce and "dry-up" blemishes like acne (this is where the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties come in to play!) or insect bites. It's even been used to help treat dandruff.
Tea Tree is also helpful in healing inflammation, redness, rashes and even burns. Our family has used Tea Tree and Lavender essential oils to dry up poison ivy and even shingles! It's our go to treatment if we see it pop up after tramping through the woods!
Tea Tree's anti-infectious benefits are closely related to it's immune supporting abilities. We get a bit more specific in this category and focus on Tea Tree's anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-infectious properties. These powerhouse properties work together to make Tea Tree effective in helping treat many kinds of issues like infected wounds, oral infections, gum inflammation and fungal infections like athlete's foot.
Research has even been done on Tea Tree for treating MRSA, an infection causing bacteria resistant to antibiotics. One particular study found that topical treatment with diluted Tea Tree was more effective than chlorhexidine (traditional topical antiseptic) or silver sulfadiazine at clearing MRSA infected skin and wounds. The study concluded "The Tea Tree preparations were effective, safe and well tolerated and could be considered in regimens for eradication of MRSA carriage."
Here's how our aromatherapists use Tea Tree...
Bug Bite Relief
- 1 tsp sweet almond oil
- 3 drops tea tree essential oil
- 3 drops patchouli essential oil
- 3 drops sweet basil essential oil
Rub on the insect bites as needed to help relieve the itch! When I need some quick relief and am short on time, I'll put a drop of tea tree on my finger and rub it directly onto the bug bite;)
Clean the Air Diffuser Recipe
- 4 drops tea tree essential oil
- 3 drops rosemary essential oil
- 5 drops lemon essential oil
Add essential oils to your favorite diffuser and let it run to clear the air! ❤️