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Oil Profile - Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea Tree - Melaleuca alternifolia  

Essential oil of Tea Tree
Melaleuca alternifolia

by Penny Keay

Countries of Production - New South Wales, Australia
Processed - Steam distilled
Part Used - Leaves and branches 
Color - Clear to pale-yellow to yellow green.
Smell - acrid, spicy, medicinal
Perfumery Note - Not used in perfumery, but is considered a top note.

Tea Tree oil



Anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, expectorant, decongestant, anti-inflammatory, immuno-stimulant, cicatrizant.

Skin/Hair Care:

candida, Athlete’s feet, acne, skin blemishes, dry skin, oily skin, aging skin, any wound, inflammation. skin irritations, insect bites, oral mucosa inflammations, dandruff, various skin infections

Muscles and Joints:

Not known for use with muscles or joints.


Coughs, sore throats, bronchitis, laryngitis, catarrh may be helpful for any upper respiratory affliction caused by viruses,


Not known to be helpful with digestive system.


Not known to be helpful with emotional problems.

Industry and Household uses

May be helpful as an insect repellent. Tea tree is used in household cleaning products, mouthwashes, shampoos. Every Household should have this oil in their first aid kit.

BLENDS with:

Bay, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cajuput, Cedarwood atlas, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Lavender, Lavandin, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Thyme, Vetiver.


Safe when properly diluted and used at 1% or less when used in massage.

Tea Tree should not be used neatly (undiluted).  

In the past, this popular essential oil was applied neat (undiluted) and as a result many dermatological sensitizations have been reported.   

Tea Tree should always be fresh if used for skin applications and diluted to 1% or less. 

*Any essential oil - ingested in large amounts can be fatal.*

*Keep out of reach of children.*


Tea tree may be helpful as an anti-septic in laundry, add 1/2 teaspoon of oil to each wash load. It is best to mix the tea tree oil with a small amount of liquid laundry detergent before adding to your machine. Otherwise, it may not mix properly with the water and not be as affective.


ROOM Disinfectant

Tea Tree - 65 drops
Thyme - 50 drops
Eucalyptus - 35 drops
Emulsifier - 2 teaspoons (10ml)
Distilled Water - 4 ounces.

Mix above essential oils and emulsifier in a spray bottle.  Then add Distilled water.   Shake well and Spray around the room to freshen the air.   Shake well before each use.   Because there is no preservative, this spray is best kept in the refrigerator and used within 2-3 weeks.

  A simple foot powder to dust on your feet.

Rosemary - 5 drops
Tea Tree - 2 drops
Thyme - 2 drops
Baking soda – 2 oz (1/4 cup)
Cornstarch – 1 oz (2 tablespoons)

Shake well, let sit for 24 hours, shake again then use daily on your feet. Dust on feet after showering; don't forget to spread your toes.

Athlete‘s foot relief oil

Tea Tree - 10 drops
Eucalyptus - 8 drops
Myrrh - 6 drops
Thyme - 6 drops
Jojoba - 2 fl oz

Mix all the above ingredients in a clean bottle. Shake well before each use. Apply just a drop or two; don’t forget between the toes too! Use this blend before putting on your shoes.

Sore Throat Spray

1/2 cup Chamomile tea
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
Geranium - 2 drops
Lemon - 1 drop
Tea Tree - 1 drop
Pine Needle - 1 drop

Brew the tea and strain well. It is very important that you strain the tea through a coffee filter to remove any pieces of herb or it may clog your spray nozzle.

Add the Vinegar and add the essential oil into the honey, then add to the tea mixture. Shake well and add to a bottle with a spray nozzle.

Spray 1-2 times into the back of the throat. It is okay to swallow. However, you should try not to eat or drink for at least 15 minutes after each use. Spray every 2-4 hours as needed.

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