Tea Tree Essential Oil
Also Known as Melaleuca

The leaves of the Melaleuca tree were used by the Aborigines of Australia for centuries.

Tea Tree essential oil is also known as Melaleuca. The essential oil has over 92 different compounds and limitless applications. The leaves of the Melaleuca tree were used by the Aborigines of Australia for centuries. Aborigines would crush the leaves and inhale the oil to promote clear breathing and apply the leaves directly to the skin to help with recovery.

Melaleuca is best known for its purifying properties. It may be used to cleanse and purify the skin and nails and to promote a clear, healthy complexion. Taken internally, Melaleuca possibly enhances immunity when seasonal threats are high, and Melaleuca can be used on surfaces throughout the home to possibly protect against environmental threats. Melaleuca is frequently used on minor skin irritations as it may soothe the skin and help it recover quickly. Diffusing Melaleuca will help purify and freshen the air. Whether it's called Tea Tree essential oil or Melaleuca essential oil, the benefit, properties and uses remain the same.

Primary Benefits of Tea Tree Essential Oil (Melaleuca)

  • Renowned for its cleansing and rejuvenating effect on the skin
  • Promotes healthy immune function
  • Protects against environmental and seasonal threats

Properties of Tea Tree (Melaleuca)

  • Anti-bacterial: an agent that prevents the growth of or destroys bacteria.
  • Anti-fungal: an agent that prevents and combats fungal infection.
  • Anti-infectious: an agent that prevents and combats the spread of germs.
  • Anti-inflammatory: an agent that alleviates inflammation.
  • Anti-parasitic: an agent that prevents and destroys parasites.
  • Anti-septic: an agent that destroys and prevents the development of microbes.
  • Anti-viral: an agent that inhibits the growth of a virus.
  • Immune-stimulant: an agent that stimulates the natural defense mechanism of the body.
  • Insecticidal
  • Tissue Regenerative

Uses of Tea Tree (Melaleuca)

  • For occasional skin irritations, apply 1–2 drops of Melaleuca essential oil onto affected area.
  • Add 1–2 drops to water, citrus drinks, or veggie caps to possibly enhance immunity.
  • Combine 1–2 drops with your facial cleanser or moisturizer for added cleansing properties, or apply to skin after shaving to possibly prevent razor burn.
  • Apply to fingernails and toenails after showering to possibly purify and strengthen nails.
  • Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use on surfaces as it may protect against environmental threats.

Body Systems Primarily Affected by Tea Tree (Melaleuca)

  • Immune System
  • Muscles and Bones
  • Respiratory System
  • Skin and Hair

Notes on Blending

  • Classification: Enhancer (50% to 80% of the blend) and Equalizer (10% to 15% of the blend) 
  • Blends well with all citrus oils, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rosemary and Thyme

Main Chemical Component

Terpinen-4-ol, Gamma Terpinene

Additional Information

PubMed.gov - Effect of tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) oil as a natural anti-microbial agen in lipophilic formulations

Journal of Medical Microbiology - Anti-fungal mechanism of essential oil from Anethum graveolens seeds against Candida albicans

Quality of the Essential Oil

The information provided here on the benefits, properties and uses of this oil do NOT apply to all essential oil brands. Because of lenient industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", many brands are not a therapeutic grade of essential oil. Be aware that only about 50% of the product needs to be an actual essential oil for the label to read "pure." Reading the label can sometimes tell you if the essential oil is already diluted with carrier oils, such as jojoba or almond.

Research what goes into creating a therapeutic grade essential oil. Choose a brand that follows these stringent guidelines.

  • Proper plant varieties
  • Grown in their indigenous region
  • Grown without chemical pesticides
  • Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
  • Supplier has relations with distillers
  • Extracted with proper temperature and pressure to preserve molecules
  • Third-party testing of each batch
  • Stand behind the internal use of oils