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Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Essential Oil

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Tea Tree Essential Oil has many amazing uses.

The amazing Tea Tree essential oil is third in my list of top ten topical essential oils and for good reason. It’s an outstanding oil full of healing benefits.

You may have heard of this oil as good for the treatment of acne but its usage doesn’t stop there. There’s a ton of note worthy applications for this particular oil.

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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor a certified aromatherapist. Please use caution when using essential oils. Please read my full disclaimer here.

A Little History

Before we get into the almost seemingly endless uses, let’s talk a little bit about from where this top essential oil originates. Tea Tree (general name) or Melaleuca, is native to Australia.

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Melaleuca Squarrosa

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It’s a small tree or shrub with needle-like leaves and white flowers. The aboriginal people of Australia used this shrub to make teas and herbal remedies.

This oil is obtained by extraction by steam or water distillation of the leaves and in some cases, depending upon the variety, the twigs.

Topical and Olfactory Uses

Tea Tree oil is fantastic for acne. Due to its high antimicrobial qualities, it fights overactive sebum production and cleanses it while doing so.

 One drop is all you need One drop is all you need.

This essential oil is incredibly unusual as it is useful in fighting off bacteria, fungi, viruses, and infectious organisms. WOW! It’s an anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, bactericidal, an immuno-stimulant, good for the sinuses as well as digestion and much like rosemary essential oil, it has a camphoraceous nature, you know that woodsy, earthy “ohhh, smells so good” scent.

Using Tea Tree essential oil 2-3 times a month can help whiten your teeth. Please be careful not to ingest or overdo it. Too much can remove the enamel of your teeth.

It can also be topically applied to loosen muscles and relieve pain. In addition you may find rash relief. How about this idea? Make a massage oil blend and treat someone to a relaxing massage? ( I know I could use one ;))

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Using a regular regimen of tea tree oil might help with the appearance of warts or abscesses.

You can apply this oil directly on the skin but I highly recommend using a carrier oil such as safflower oil as to not irritate the skin. Safflower oil is non-clogging and has a comedogenic score of 0. Check out this post for a full list of oils and their ratings.

 Diffusers are a wonderful way to use essential oils in your home Diffusers are a wonderful way to use essential oils in your home

Combining it with other oils in aromatherapy is quite common. It can be sprinkled on lamp rings, put in diffusers, the bath, sprays or made into tea. This is a fantastic oil to use for cleaning. Examples include yoga mats, counter tops, and laundry. Put a few drops in the laundry water and kill off some nasty bacteria.

Due to it’s immuno-stimulant properties, tea tree oil has been used to fight and ward off colds and flus. Plus, it’s fabulous for cleaning with.


Tea Tree oil blends well with Clary Sage, Rosemary, Sweet Orange, Lavender, Ginger and Lemon, Geranium, Frankincense, and Bergamot.

Please note that Tea Tree Essential Oil can be harmful to pets, especially cats.

I hope you’ve been inspired to use Tea Tree oil in your every day. If you have any other uses, feel free to comment below.

Have a blessed day!


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