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20 Uses for tea tree oil

Did you know that there are almost countless beneficial uses for tea tree oil? Tea tree oil, or melaleuca oil, is an essential oil that is taken from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, a plant native to Southeast Queensland and the Northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia.

20 Uses for Tea Tree Oil - AMAZING list of clever and quirky ways you can incorporate this powerful essential oil in your daily routine!

Tea tree oil has been used for centuries to treat a variety of common ailments, and there are many practical uses for tea tree oil in our everyday lives! Keep reading to learn our top 20 uses for tea tree oil!

20 uses for tea tree oil

1. Acne — Tea tree oil is a natural alternative for treating acne. Before use, it is a good idea to test your skin for sensitivity by applying a few drop onto the forearm or behind the ear. If you have irritation, it can be diluted with water. Apply morning and night to affected area and do not rinse. Click here to buy 100% pure Tea Tree Oil.

2. Nail fungus — Paint tea tree oil full strength on the affected nail 2 times a day for a minimum of 2 months. The results are slow because the nail has to grow out to eliminate the fungus.

3. Insect repellent — Tea tree oil is known to repel mosquitoes, and this is one of my favorite uses for tea tree oil. In a large spray bottle add 2 ounces of tea tree oil and fill the rest with water shake well. Spray the solution onto a small area of the skin to check for irritation before applying to a large area.

4. Athletes foot cure — Apply a coating of tea tree oil to the affected area 2 to 3 times a day, when symptoms disappear, continue to apply for a couple of weeks to ensure fungus is cured.

5. Lice Prevention — Who knew that tea tree oil can be used to prevent lice? Mix a small amount of tea tree oil into your regular shampoo approximately, 10 to 12 drops. This is a really interested use for tea tree oil!

6. Skin tags — Apply tea tree oil to the skin tag and rub, repeat the process several times a day until the tag falls off on its own.

7. All purpose cleaner — Fill a spray bottle with 2 tsp. tea tree oil and the rest with water, this works great as an all purpose cleaner.

8. Ticks — Apply tea tree oil to the skin surrounding the tick, this will usually make the tick unlatch.

9. Wart remover — Apply a couple of drops of oil directly onto wart morning and night until the wart is gone.

10. Flea bites — Apply tea tree oil directly onto bite to help ease pain and itching.

11. Mosquito Bites — relieve itch by applying directly on to the mosquito bite. I’ve tried this and it’s one of my favorite uses for tea tree oil.

12. Ingrown hairs — Apply 1 to 2 drops to affected area every few hours until infection disappears.

13. Mold Killer — Use approximately 2 teaspoons tea tree oil mixed with 2 cups water and apply to mold.

14. Itchy scalp — Applying tea tree oil to the scalp will relieve the itch.

15. Dandruff — Pour a little tea tree oil into your regular shampoo to help control dandruff.

16. Headache — Add a few drops of tea tree oil to a warm damp cloth hold the cloth over face to inhale the vapors.

17. Treat a cold sore — Applying a little tea tree oil to cold sore several times a day can help reduce the severity and the duration of the outbreak.

18. Antiseptic — Apply directly to minor cuts and scrapes to help reduce the possibility of infection.

19. Joint and muscle pain — Mix tea tree oil with your favorite cream and rub onto painful areas.

20. Nasal congestion — Put a few drops of tea tree oil into the water of your humidifier, or boil a cup of water add a couple of drops of tea tree oil and inhale the vapors.

So, those are a few of our favorite uses for tea tree oil. Do you have a favorite way to use tea tree oil in your daily life? I would love to hear more in the comments!

While you’re here, you might also want to check out our 25 uses for Epsom salt!

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  1. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom — September 23, 2013 @ 5:54 pm (#)

    What a fantastic, helpful list!

    I find tea tree oil to be the BEST room deodorizer! A few drops and any smell is instantly gone!

    Thanks for sharing!


  2. Kristin @ Keenly Kristin — September 23, 2013 @ 6:37 pm (#)

    This is SO awesome…pinned it! I can’t wait to try out some of these uses!


  3. Kasey@AllThingsMamma — September 24, 2013 @ 4:06 pm (#)

    I use doTERRA’s Melaleuca in a ton of things! My favorite is in our diaper wipes. It helps clean, deodorize, prevent AND treat diaper rash!


  4. Cindy — November 7, 2013 @ 9:04 am (#)

    Love tea tree oil. I get an awesome Tea Tree Oil balm from Chamuel Products. They have a store on Amazon. I use this balm for everyone in my house. It has been great for bug bites, small scrapes, etc. It is not as strong as the essential oil, so it has been great for my kids.


  5. Heather J. — November 7, 2013 @ 10:04 am (#)

    I don’t get cold sores, but I do get canker sores and I put tea tree oil straight on them as soon as I can tell one is brewing for much faster healing and even some pain relief.


  6. Amanda@best natural antibacterial soap — February 23, 2014 @ 9:23 am (#)

    I am glad you shared this amazing post! Tea tree oil is a “jack of all trades” in concern of skin remedies. The easiest way to grasp the benefits is to think: skin issues + tea tree oil = healing (in most cases).


  7. Amanda — February 25, 2014 @ 4:29 pm (#)

    Among the countless things I use tea tree oil for, my favorite is laundry. A few drops added in with my liquid detergent eliminates any musty/mildew-y smells, especially in towels.


  8. Eliza — March 25, 2014 @ 1:13 am (#)

    I absolutley LOVE tea tree oil!! My special favourite is using it on pimples


  9. Cindy — March 30, 2014 @ 5:36 pm (#)

    I love essential oils. I have extremely dry, itchy skin and was so happy to find this balm with tea tree oil, green tea, lavender oil, olive oil, beeswax, wheatgerm, and more. It works great on chapped hands, heels, lips, and also is great for bug bites. Chamuel Tea Tree Balm sells at Amazon…they have great customer service and have 5 star reviews!


  10. Ted — August 22, 2014 @ 9:48 am (#)

    thanks for bringing that up, very informative article!


  11. Pashon — December 17, 2014 @ 3:52 pm (#)

    Works really well for Acne. I have tried everything out there, until I read up on Tea Tree Oil & decided to give it a try. Highly recommended.


  12. Ginger Hanna — February 2, 2015 @ 1:36 pm (#)

    I love tea tree oil! I use it in my homemade deodorant. It kills the bacteria that causes odor (Antibacterial). I also use it in my shampoo/facial bar. Good for the complexion and scalp.


  13. Alex1978 — February 11, 2015 @ 8:16 am (#)

    I already knew about most of these, but you still managed to give me some extra valuable information about tea tree oil. :) For example, I didn’t know you can use it as an antiseptic too, it’s good to know. Thanks for the post!


  14. Kim Miller — March 30, 2015 @ 9:30 am (#)

    Whenever I have a mouth sore or sore gums I rinse with diluted tea tree oil before bed and the next morning my mouth feels much better.


  15. louise — March 31, 2015 @ 5:06 pm (#)

    I burned myself badly with cooking oil all over my one hand. Didn’t had burn gell at home, so I thought maybe t-tree would help.  It did what an amazing product. It relief the pain and no marks. Only if I had it 20 years ago when I had a small burn on my arm, I still have the mark!!


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