Are you wanting to learn more about tea tree essential oil? Are you looking for some great tea tree essential oil uses and benefits? Let’s look at why tea tree is an oil that should always be kept on hand.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

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Why You Should Use Tea Tree Essential Oil!

Tea tree is a well known essential oil. In fact it is one of the most popular essential oils that there are! But how well do you know tea tree? There are lots of beneficial uses for this amazing essential oil that you might not know about! Let’s look at some of my favorite uses for this awesome oil!

Scientific Name

First let’s look at the scientific name of the tea tree that I use.

It is Melaleuca alternifolia.

This might not seem important, but trust me, it is! Some essential oils have lots of different species. Some of these species can be harmful. So it is important when purchasing an essential oil to make sure that you read the full scientific name so that you know what you are getting.

For example, eucalyptus essential oil is an oil that I use on my kids for respiratory concerns and immune support. But, some varieties of eucalyptus essential oil can actually stop a small child’s breathing! We’ll discuss this more in a future post.

What is tea tree and where does it come from?

As I mentioned above, the tea tree is a wide known essential oil. It is a tree, or large shrub, that is native to Australia.

The essential oil is obtained through steam distillation of the plant.

What does tea tree smell like?

Tea tree has a camphoraceous scent that is very clean and fresh. It’s scent is very strong and pungent.

Essential Oil History

Tea tree has been historically used by Australians for medicinal purposes for over a century and the popularity of the oil has now spread throughout the world.

Tea Tree Essential Oil Uses

So now that we’ve discussed name, origin, scent and history let’s delve right into what tea tree is used for and how it will benefit you!

Let me first say that I am not a doctor! All of the information that I provide on this site is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe. Please read my disclaimer page and/or the disclaimer at the bottom of this page for a full disclaimer statement.

Tea Tree Essential Oil Benefits

There are many listed benefits of tea tree!

According to Be Young Total Health’s Total Health Desk Reference, tea tree’s traditional and alternative uses include: acne, nail fungus, athlete’s foot, gingivitis, cold sores, lice, yeast infections, ringworm, sore throat, and so much more!

Diffusing Tea Tree

Tea tree is a wonderful choice for diffusing. Tea tree is excellent to diffuse in your home to purify the air.

100 Essential Oil Diffuser Blends!

I include tea tree in many of my diffuser recipes that can be found in the 100 Essential Oil Diffuser Blends eBook such as Clean Home Deodorizer and Allergy Season. The eBook also includes many recipes for cleaning, children, pets, home, etc. that contain tea tree as well. Recipes such as Man Cave, and Germ Protection. Adding a few drops of tea tree to your diffuser blend can be so beneficial!

According to JennScents Institute’s Introduction to Holistic Aromatherapy, tea tree is also good for fungal infections, yeast and candida, mold, wounds, insect bites, and lice, just to name a few.

I also love to use tea tree in the bath to support the body in times of illness. You can learn more about using essential oils such as tea tree in the bath in my post How to Use Essential Oils in Bath Water. And 20 of the Best Essential Oils to Use in the Bath.

Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, in his book The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, says that “Tea tree oil has received wide distribution as a nail fungus remedy and an addition to shampoo.” You can find even more amazing qualities of tea tree in his book. It is definitely a must read for the EO enthusiast.

Also in Dr. Schnaubelt’s book Advanced Aromatherapy, he says that “Tea tree is perfect for the traveler’s first-aid kit.” He also says that “Tea tree oil is also effective for infections of the genital area, especially chronic candida-related vaginitis.”

Another great essential oil source is Valerie Ann Worwood’s book The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy. In this book Valerie states that “tea tree is used for candida and all sorts of infections, for ringworm, sunburn, acne, athlete’s foot, toothache, and pyorrhea, among other things.”

I personally use tea tree in my Shaving Gel For Men. It is very moisturizing to the skin while helping to get a smooth close shave!

I also use tea tree in my Diaper Rash Salve, Antibacterial Hand Sanitzer Gel, Poison Ivy Relief Blend, Mastitis Relief Blend, Yeast Infection Oil, Deodorant Spray, Aftershave, Sunburn Soother Spray, Ear Infection / Inflammation Relief, Allergy Relief Blend, and Acne Facial Cleanse.

If you would like to make some of these recipes for yourself then be sure to check out the Essential Oil Recipes for Beauty & Body Care Binder! It contains these recipes plus so many more that, as an Aromatherapist, I have been asked to create for clients over and over again. Trust me, they will change your life!

To learn more about tea tree, and other essential oils that you need for emergencies, read 7 Essential Oils That You NEED To Have In Your First Aid Kit.


A contraindication is a medical reason for not using something. In this case it is a medical reason for why you should not use tea tree.

Tea tree oil is possibly safe when applied to the skin during pregnancy. Use with caution and consult your primary caregiver before using.


You also want to make sure that you are using a good quality tea tree.

As an Aromatherapist I would never recommend buying an essential oil at a local store. I can almost guarantee you that it is not a pure oil.

There are no government regulations on essential oils, so an oil can be diluted by up to 50% and still be marketed as a pure oil. It can be diluted with a carrier oil, or with a synthetic substance and still be called pure. How scary is that?! Definitely not something I want to use, especially for my family! You have to be so careful when choosing your brand.

Which Brand of Essentials Oils Should I Use?

So make sure that you know and trust your source. If you have a brand that you feel confident in you can use that. If you aren’t sure about where to get tea tree, or if you would like to check out the brand that I use, you can find it on my shop page Healing Blends For Life.

Where to Buy at discounted prices!

If you are interested in learning how you can buy my preferred brand of essential oils at a discounted price check out my Essential Oil page!

Also, if you are new to essential oils and would like to learn more about how to use them, be sure to take my FREE Essential Oils for Beginners Course!

I hope you enjoy tea tree as much as I do!

Also please come back after using tea tree and comment below with your opinion of the oil!

What do you like most about tea tree essential oil? Did you experience any results after using tea tree? If so what were they? Do you have any additional uses to add to the above list?

I can’t wait to read your comments!

If you are interested in reading more Essential Oil posts, here are the links to help you find them:

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