Melaleuca oil (generally known as tea tree) has been used for centuries by cultures around the world to heal wounds. The oil is steam-distilled from the leaves of certain myrtle shrubs and trees, and said to be 12x the antiseptic strength of phenol.
Just looking at its incredible properties may give inspire you to some of the tea tree oil uses:
(I highly suggest the book Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Uses of Essential Oils to read about more of the research on melaleuca oil.)
I spent many years of my life thinking I was actually allergic to tea tree oil - every time I would use it I would break out in a horrible rash, which would quickly turn to swollen, weeping skin.
Being allergic to melaleuca oil is not exactly common, but after my experience I can't help but wonder how many have to do with the quality, versus the oil itself.
After I made the switch to doTERRA essential oils and learned about the importance of purity and quality, I decided to try melaleuca oil again.
Where I couldn't use other brands, even diluted, on my skin, I've found I can use doTERRA's melaleuca oil diluted with no problem whatsoever, and undiluted with hardly the slightest bit of sensitivity!
I've found this is because doTERRA adheres to their own strict standards of oil, guaranteeing purity and third-party testing EACH AND EVERY BATCH of oil they offer.
Their strict standards govern where each plant can be grown, and how; when and how it is harvested, the extraction of the oil and so on to ensure absolutely no contaminants (such as pesticide, foreign residues, etc) make it in any bottle and that the oil itself is at its best.
Many other companies certify their oils as organic. But my experience has convinced me there is much more to it than that (and I was pretty excited to finally be able to use this amazing oil myself!).
Read More: Choosing the best essential oils possible.
Traditionally, you can use melaleuca oil can be used in three ways. Use these suggestions as a guide or follow the tips noted below:
Aromatically - Can be diffused in the air or inhaled directly. This promotes health, healing, energy, and purification with its invigorating, enhancing and warming aroma.
Topically - Can be applied directly to the skin or within a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, for young or sensitive skin. Start with one drop to 1-3 tsp of carrier oil and increase as needed.
Internally - Generally recognized as safe by the FDA (21CFR172.510) to be used in cooking, adding a drop to purified water or taken as a dietary supplement, diluting 1 drop in 1 tsp. honey or 4 oz of non-acidic, non-dairy beverage (not for children under 6 years old and in greater dilution for older children).
NEAT - "Neat" means that you can generally apply melaleuca oil directly to the skin or reflex points of the feet without the need for dilution. However, every person is different so it's always a good idea to test it on your inner elbow first.
Remember that this guide to tea tree oil uses is in no way here to replace medical advice or your own judgment. Consult your doctor, always do a skin test and use caution. Essential oils may be natural, but that doesn't mean they aren't powerful.
Precaution: Sensitization may become possible with frequent use. Use with caution and greatly diluted for children.
One of the more common tea tree oil uses, add a drop to your normal cleansing route, or dab a very small amount on acne breakouts.
Use topically by massaging into the chest, abdomen or the reflex points of the feet.
According to Modern Essentials, you can use this oil aromatically or topically to support your health.
Add a drop to your shoes, massage into the feet, or soak in a foot bath of sea salt and 2-3 drops of melaleuca.
Use topically, either massaging into the reflex points of the feet, adding several drops to a bath or cautiously applying over an infected site.
Apply a small amount of melaleuca oil directly over the site.
Add 1-2 drops to a pan of hot water and breath in the steam, or massage the oil over the chest and into the feet.
Apply to the area of concern, diluting if necessary. (I would not use this for a vaginal yeast infection, although taking the oil internally (such as in capsules) may be beneficial.
Dab a small amount directly over the sore, diluting with coconut oil if needed.
Melaleuca oil is great to add to homemade toothpaste, or you can add a drop to your toothbrush before brushing (and after to disinfect). A simple homemade mouthwash with purified water, melaleuca and peppermint is also recommended.
Diffuse in the air (with a diffuser or a pan of hot water) or massage a mixture of melaleuca and coconut oil gently over the pox (dilute more for younger children).
Can be used aromatically or added to homemade cleaners to kill germs and prevent the spread of colds, flus, etc.
Dab a small amount (diluted or not depending on your sensitivity) over the sore, or mix with coconut oil and use preventatively.
Treat the common cold by inhaling steam infused with the oil, or massage into the feet and over the chest or other areas of concern.
Tea tree oil uses for coughs are the same as Colds, above.
Use a very small amount, possibly diluted, over the area of concern.
Any sort of skin inflammation can benefit from this oil being gently massaged into the area.
Although no essential oil should ever be put IN the eye, you can still benefit from the oil by diffusing it or placing your head over a steaming pot of water with a drop of melaleuca in it.
Dilute 1 drop of oil in 1-2 TB of water and use a dropper to drop the mixture into the ear for 30-60 seconds each. (This can also be done with hydrogen peroxide, although tea tree oil will do the same naturally.)
Dilute in coconut oil and apply a small coating over the area.
Diffuse through the air, add a drop to the pillow, or gently massage into the feet to absorb the properties into the blood stream quickly.
Tea tree oil uses include topical application according to the type of infection.
Create a mouthwash with purified water, 1 drop of peppermint and 1 drop of tea tree oil.
Diffuse through the home daily, or massage into the soles of the feet.
Apply a small amount to the outbreak, or massage into the feet daily to prevent future outbreaks.
Mix with coconut oil (which is naturally healing and soothing itself) and gently apply to the infected areas.
Immune System (Stimulates)
Diffuse through the air on a regular basis, massage into the soles of the feet to increase your immune response.
Adding the oil to steaming water, you may be able to hold the infected area over the steam. Or dilute 1 drop of melaleuca with 1 cup of water and rinse the infected area 1-2 times a day, as needed.
Topical tea tree oil uses are indicated for infections. Use your best judgment and the uses described throughout this article to choose which method is best for you.
Massage over the inflamed areas, gently and always toward the heart, or diffuse and inhale the melaleuca oil directly or indirectly.
Apply topical to the affected area, diluted based on your needs or NEAT (undiluted).
Add several drops to purified water and soak hair and scalp in the solution. Use on combs, brushes and massage into the hair and scalp. Treat the home with it as well.
Melaleuca's antibacterial properties can be utilized by massaging it directly into the skin for fast absorption to the blood stream.
Massage over the body and into the feet, and diffuse through the home.
Mix 1 TB coconut oil and 1-2 drops of melaleuca oil into the nails and cuticles as indicated.
Piercings Apply after piercings to avoid infection. Use undiluted, diluted with coconut oil or as a spray with purified water.
Although essential oils shouldn't have direct contact with the eye, I would recommend adding several drop to hot, steaming water and hold your head over the steam.
Mix with coconut oil and massage over the affected areas.
Apply one drop directly to the area, or mix 1 drop of tea tree oil with 1 drop of lavender oil for added benefit.
Dilute as needed and massage into the affected areas, as well as onto the soles of the feet.
Melaleuca oil can both fight off the mites that cause scabies, as well as treat the rash and prevent the infection. Massage over the area in a small amount of coconut oil.
Add to a small amount of coconut oil and massage over the body. Massage into the soles of the feet for immune stimulation to prevent future outbreaks.
Massage melaleuca oil into the soles of the feet as needed.
Rub over the throat, inhale diffused oil or gargle with warm salt water and 1 drop of melaleuca.
It's best used topically, rubbed into the soles of the feet to increase the immune response and fight infection.
Mix 1 TB coconut oil with 1 drop of melaleuca and 1 drop of lavender and gently apply to to sunburned areas.
Tattoos Apply after tattoos to avoid infection. Use undiluted, diluted with coconut oil or as a spray with purified water.
Gargle with sea salt, warm water and 1 drop of melaleuca.
Inhale from steaming water with tea tree, gargle, and massage into neck and soles of feet.
It's recommended to use topically. I would add several drops to a sitz bath and massage into the soles of feet.
Apply to soles of feet and massage over the area of the ulcer.
Diffuse melaleuca oil throughout the home or inhale from steaming water. Apply topically over the areas of concerns and to the soles of the feet.
Apply directly to the wart, dilute if necessary for sensitive skin.
Soak wounded area in water with melaleuca oil, or spritz from a bottle of water with several drops of oil. Depending on the wound and your own sensitivity you may be able to apply directly.
Other possible tea tree oil uses include treating mites and ticks, hysteria, digestion, skeletal and muscular systems, skin, immunity and the respiratory system.
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Tea tree oil uses can replace many unhealthy, and unsustainable practices. But it doesn't stop there.
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