Imagine a natural product that can cure a wide range of ailments, boost your immune system and even clean your home – completely naturally too! With tea tree essential oil, all of this and more is possible, resulting in a powerful natural solution that could very well be the single most useful product in any home.

In 1923, A.R. Penfold conducted a study of tea tree and found that it was a powerful antiseptic, 13 times stronger than carbolic acid, the standard of that time. Australian and British medical journals touted tea tree oil as both powerful and safe. It was considered so effective that the Australian military issued tea tree oil in the first-aid kits of soldiers during World War II.

So where does tea tree oil come from?

The essential oils are extracted from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant of the Myrtaceae family, which is commonly known as tea tree. The plant originates from Australia, where the native Aborigines have long known about the miraculous benefits and healing properties of tea tree leaves. These tribes used the leaves to make a tea infusion, which is how the plant got its common name. Over time, oils were then extracted from the leaves to make the tea tree essential oil that is used today.

So what can tea tree be used for? 

Tea tree oil can be used on its own, or in products, and has a wide range of uses and benefits. Some of the fantastic tea tree oil benefits include the following:

Tea Tree In Hair Products

In hair products, tea tree oil dissolves buildup of other products and the body’s own sebum, thoroughly cleansing the hair follicle and revitalizing the hair. In body lotions, deodorants and soaps, it kills surface bacteria and maintains healthy skin. Quite impressive wouldn’t you say?

Topical Ointment Uses

Tea tree is excellent as a topical ointment, to treat a number of skin issues from acne to abscess, athlete’s foot, blisters, burns, cold sores, dandruff, herpes, insect bites, oily skin, nappy rash, ring worm, spots, veruccae, warts and infected wounds. Wow, that was a mouthful! The oil penetrates into the skin to work quickly and effectively. Because it is natural you can be sure that no harmful chemicals are seeping into your body during the healing process, but only the pure and natural goodness of tea tree extracts. In some cases, pure tea tree oil can be used directly on the effected area but this should not be done without consulting a professional aromatherapist or a natural health practitioner first. Ideally, tea tree essential oils should be diluted with carrier oils such as Apricot Kernel Carrier Oil, Rosehip Carrier Oil or even Olive Oil.

Medicinal uses of Tea Tree

In addition to treating skin disorders, tea tree can also be used to treat a number of viral and bacterial illnesses, including asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, sinusitis, tuberculosis and whooping cough to name but a few. A few drops of tea tree oil into a hot bath can do wonders in alleviating symptoms brought on by these disorders, while medicine containing tea tree extract is also known to reduce symptoms. (Please take care not to swallow the Tea Tree essential oil)

Did you know
Tea tree essential oil mixed with peppermint essential oil can also be used for a gentle but really effective mouthwash. It will freshen breath the natural way. Here’s a quick and easy recipe for a natural mouthwash.

Well being uses

In addition to its healing qualities for skin and illness, tea tree oil has also been proven to have excellent immune system boosting qualities and has been effective in reducing shock. A tea tree massage before an operation will reduce the chance of the body going into shock, and has also been shown to help in the case of Post Traumatic Stress occurrences. Tea tree oil can be applied in bathwater, massage, hot compress or vapours.

So it’s plain to see and I’m sure you’ll agree, tea tree essential oil is a real life saver and an essential item you should have on standby in your home too.


Aloha! I'm Carien. I live in South Africa in an area called the Swartland (Black Land). I live on a small holding (Homestead) and I am a full time house wife with one husband (yes, only one), one son, one dog, a few sheep and plenty of chickens. Living as natural as possible is a passion of mine. Inclined to a mostly organic vegetarian diet I tend to post healthy food recipes, green tips and information on natural and organic and natural living.

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