Melaleuca, or Tea Tree Essential Oil (Melaleuca alternifoliais) is a topical or aromatic essential oil that is knowns for its antiseptic, anti-fungal and infection-reducing benefits. It also has antibiotic properties and helps aid against aliments such as skin dermatitis, infections, rashes, burns, and dry, flaky scalps including dandruff.
25 Uses for Tea Tree Oil
- Helps heal and soothe sunburns.
- Heals skin dermatitis naturally by reducing allergic reactions.
- Relieves itchiness from rashes as well as helps reduce rashes.
- Can be used as an all-purpose cleaner: Fill a spray bottle with 1-2 tsp. of tea tree oil and the rest of the bottle with water.
- Treats skin acne.
- Helps to prevent lice naturally; just add a few drops to your shampoo.
- A few drops in your pets’ crates or beds keep the fleas away.
- Removes ticks; just add to skin, and the little stinker will usually unlatch.
- Rids fungus in feet and Athlete’s foot.
- Found to help remove skin tags.
- Naturally cures bad breath. (Swish some tea tree oil and water in you mouth.)
- Can be used in a baking soda and essential oil tooth paste/powder.
- Has been found as an effective treatment for warts.
- Soothes insect bites.
- Treats lice/scabies/ringworm.
- Treats skin dermatitis like eczema and psoriasis and other skin conditions.
- Relieves asthma or other breathing conditions when a few drops are added to a humidifier.
- Works as as antiseptic on small cuts.
- Keeps living areas fresh by riding air borne pathogens (like mold) at bay.
- Relieves earaches; mix 1 drop of tea tree oil with 1 tsp. olive oil, drop mixture into the ear and then remove by tilting head.
- Freshen laundry: Add a few drops in your washing machine to scent your clothes. Also, if you forgot to put the clothes in the dryer, run again with tea tree oil to remove mildew. You can also scent wool dryer balls with tea tree oil.
- Helps freshen inside of shoes and area walk ways like carpet.
- Can be used in several kitchen cleaners with vinegar and distilled water.
- Cleans mold: Mix apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil and scrub mold; place outside to sun-dry.
- Can be used in homemade deodorants.
Sources: WEB MD, Keeperofthehome.org,