Tea Tree Essential Oil

Most people who use essential oils have three that they use the most often. Peppermint and lavender are almost always the top two on the list. The third differs from person to person. Some say lemon essential oil is number three, others use eucalyptus, still others use tea tree. Number three on my Top Three list is tea tree essential oil.

Tea tree was the first essential oil I bought. Hubby and I were both suffering from severe cases of chigger bites a few summers ago. Chiggers are tiny insects; their bites are horribly itchy and nothing seems to relieve the itch for long. We tried over-the-counter ointments and creams, even those especially for chigger and other insect bites, but nothing worked. The itching is deep and persistent and can drive you crazy.

Then I read about tea tree oil. This is another essential oil that you can use directly on your skin if necessary, without using a carrier oil. After using it for several days - just three drops, rubbed over the itchy areas - we both finally found relief and the bites began to heal. 

I've since used it on mosquito bites and other insect bites with great success. I just can't say enough about how well it works. 

As well as soothing insect bites, tea tree oil can be used to treat ringworm, rashes, burns, acne and psoriasis, warts, and more. If you have a skin issue, reach for the tea tree essential oil, it's pretty handy stuff. Note: tea tree oil is for topical use only and should not be ingested.
More uses for tea tree essential oil:
  • abrasions and minor cuts
  • foot care: athlete’s foot, bunions, calluses, corns, toenail fungus, plantar warts, blisters
  • use to make a mouthwash to fight bad breath, laryngitis, sore throat, tonsillitis. DO NOT SWALLOW!
  • treat canker sores, cold sores, chapped lips, gum disease; use as a toothbrush cleaner
  • add to household cleaners, use to remove mold and mildew, freshen laundry that sat in the washer too long
  • to help remove the infection of boils and styes
  • use on pain and inflammation of arthritis, sore muscles, rheumatism
  • to combat infections: bacterial, viral, staph, ear ache and infections, infected wounds
  • relieve symptoms of bronchial congestion, bronchitis, coughs, emphysema, asthma
  • fight dandruff and head lice
  • treat mumps, chicken pox, rubella, shingles (I wish I’d known this when I had shingles!)
  • repels ants, and can be used as an insect repellant

Tea tree oil, or melaleuca alternifolia, is extracted from an Australian plant. It is naturally antiseptic and anti-fungal, and has antibiotic properties too. It has a distinctive camphor-like fragrance.

Disclaimer:  I am not a doctor. You are responsible for your own health. 
Please research this or any other essential oil or herb before using.


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  1. Thanks for the information. I knew it was good for cuts but not for all of those other conditions!

  2. You're welcome, Sandra. I hope you find the information useful.

  3. Thank you. I had chiggers for the first time this year and YIKES! I have tree tea oil in the cabinet and did not know I could use. I will know next time! Thanks for great info on this great oil.

  4. Chiggers are so awful! That was the first and only time we've had to deal with them. We were so thankful to find out about the tea tree EO. I hope it will work for you too.

  5. Heather11:43 AM

    I can't use it straight on my skin; it gives me a rash.

  6. It does that to some people, Heather. Are you able to use it if you have a carrier oil?

  7. It does that to some people, Heather. Are you able to use it if you have a carrier oil?

  8. Great info! Tea tree oil is definitely in my top 3 (as is lavender and peppermint!). It was also the first EO I bought. My daughter was a year old and developed a toe nail fungus. It cured it in a couple weeks, and we were thankfully able to avoid oral meds. I use it in my cleaners and homemade balms now. Wonderful stuff!

    Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday!

  9. Tracy Hicks2:25 PM

    I love tea tree oil mixed with a neutral carrier oil and water and sprayed on my clothes during black fly season and against ticks & mosquitoes.
    However; I have found that even diluted it will burn my horse's heels and frog. Plus I was informed by several vets that it is highly toxic to cats.

  10. Thank you for that information, Tracy. Such things are good to know. I didn't know about it being "hot" for horses. I've read in several places that ALL or most essential oils are very harmful to cats.