Tea Tree Essential Oil

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Country of Origin:
South Africa
Plant Part:
Latin Name:
Melaleuca alternifolia
Certified Organic

About the Oil: Tea tree oil is one of the most well–known essential oils for purifying and cleansing, and effectively supports the immune system during the challenging winter season. This is a wonderful, fresh, premium Tea Tree Essential Oil with light floral notes. It is important that Tea Tree oil be fresh for the greatest efficacy of therapeutic applications.

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Primary Constituents

gamma terpinene
alpha terpinene


Melaleuca alternifolia, is an extremely hardy native Australian species (the smallest of the tea tree family) that typically only reaches 7-10 feet tall and has constantly exfoliating bark and fragrant evergreen leaves. This tree is so hardy that when cut down, the Tea Tree will quickly regrow from the stump.


Tea tree essential oil is distilled from the leaves of what appears as a tall grass. Originally from Australia, tea tree, along with many eucalyptus species, have been successfully transplanted to South Africa. The Australian Standard for tea tree oil requires that the 1,8-cineole content shall not exceed 15% and the terpinen-4-ol content shall be at least 30%. There has been much research done on the microbiological activity of the essential oil with regards to the terpinen-4-ol to cineole ratio. The quality of this certified organic oil is exceptional, and the freshness of Tea Tree essential oil is exceptionally important. We've worked with this excellent distiller for many years, and we believe you'll be very pleased with the therapeutic and aromatic properties of their oils.

The oil is now well known in natural medicine for its antimicrobial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal effects. Some of its immune supportive properties may be a result of its anti-depressant effects, as one's emotional well-being has a significant impact on the body's ability to resist infection. Tea Tree essential oil can also help soothe insect bites, but is even better used as an insect repellent; one aromatherapist claims Tea Tree is the best she's ever used. A must for the traveler's medicine kit.

Tea Tree oil is also great for enhancing home cleanliness. It can be added to your household cleansers to amplify their purifying action or used directly for a more powerful effect.


Considered a weed by the rest of the world, the Australian Aborigines long ago realized the importance of this small tree's healing attributes. The Aborigines in northeastern New South Wales have used tee tree as a healing herb for many generations. They make a poultice of the leaves and target skin infections, cuts and wounds.

After landing the H.M.S. Endeavor in Botany Bay in 1777, Captain James Cook and his party came upon a grove of trees thick with sticky, aromatic leaves that they found made a spicy tea. The common name of 'tea tree' used for some species of Leptospermum is derived from the practice of early Australian settlers soaking the leaves in boiling water to make a herbal tea rich in ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) to target scurvy. The 'Tea Tree', as it was called by Captain Cook, became a valued bush remedy used by early European settlers.

in 1923 an Australian government scientist, Dr. A. R. Penfold, conducted a study of Tea Tree essential oil and discovered it to be 12 times more potent as an antiseptic bactericide than carbolic acid (the standard at the time). Tea Tree oil became recognized, according to the British Medical Journal in 1933, as 'a powerful disinfectant, non-poisonous and non-irritating'.

After being introduced to Europe in the late 1920s, Tea Tree essential oil was included in the medical kits of the military in World War II due to its excellent antiseptic and immuno-stimulant properties.

It is unusual in that it is effective against all three types of infectious organisms: bacteria, fungi and viruses. And it is a very powerful immuno-stimulant so that when the body is threatened, Tea Tree oil increases its ability to respond.

Tea Tree oil is one of the most extensively researched of all the essential oils.

Therapeutic Properties


  • neutralizes insects
  • neutralizes parasites
  • neutralizes fungi
  • neutralizes bacteria
  • helps heal burns and wounds
  • encourages cell regeneration
  • reduces scarring
  • minimizes stretch marks
  • reduces redness
  • diminishes swelling
  • eases discomfort
  • decreases unpleasant sensory experiences
  • soothes
  • quells irritation from environmental factors
  • counteracts physical hypersensitivity
  • Especially good for acne, skin infections, mites, dandruff, nail health, athletes foot, cold sores, blisters, burns, insect bites, oily skin, rashes, plantar warts, and warts.


  • neutralizes all types of microbes
  • stimulates the immune system
  • encourages sweating
  • assists the body's natural eliminatory response
  • relieves muscular tension and aching joints
  • lessens headaches due to congestion


  • neutralizes airborne microbes
  • quells coughs
  • aids in the expulsion of mucous
  • stimulates the bronchi
  • relaxes cramping


  • dilates blood vessels
  • strengthens the circulatory system


  • neutralizes microbes
  • Especially good for: thrush, vaginitis, cystitis, and pruritis.


  • stimulates the nervous system
  • uplifting
  • mood elevating


  • Tea Tree oil strengthens the defensive Qi. It is quite useful for dispersing wind cold conditions.


  • The strong, bittersweet spiciness of Tea Tree essential oil invigorates the heart and mind, uplifting the spirit and building confidence. It is recommended for physically delicate individuals who struggle not only with their bodies, but with the feelings of victimization and doom that often accompany chronic ill–health.


  • direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer, steam inhalation
  • Inhale for psychological and respiratory benefits.


  • massage, compress, bath, sitz bath, douche, liniment, skincare
  • Tea Tree has the wonderful property of effectively fighting infections without harming tissues.
  • It can be used 'neat' (undiluted) for cuts and scrapes. Try putting a dab of Tea Tree on a spot of acne to help to clear it up.
  • Mix Tea Tree oil with Lavender 1:1 for a soothing, natural antibacterial topical application for children.
  • As an insect repellent, apply drops to exposed areas.
  • Dilute in water for a mouth rinse or for other sensitive areas.
  • Tea Tree by itself isn't a good skin penetrator. Adding oils rich in cineole and limonene to the blend will help with skin penetration.
  • Tea Tree is widely used for fungal infections and works best in combination with other anti–fungal oils such as: Eucalyptus Citriodora, Geranium, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ho Wood Lemongrass, Patchouli, Spikenard, and Palmarosa.
  • Tea Tree essential oil is particularly effective at targeting Candida infections in many regions of the body: Vaginal suppositories can be 'spiked' with a small amount of the oil.


  • Can be taken internally. In incidences of 'Thrush', where Candida fungus has infected the throat, it is recommended to take one drop at a time 3x a day until the infection subsides.
Aromatherapy Details

This Tea Tree essential oil has a fresh, pungent and herbaceous top note, a slightly spiced medicinal and camphoraceous middle note and a balsamic, earthy undertones.

Tea Tree essential oil blends well with: geranium essential oil, clary sage essential oil, lavender essential oil, lemon essential oil, myrrh oil, rosemary essential oil, rosewood and thyme essential oil.


Generally non-toxic but may cause skin sensitization in some individuals. Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction.

Potential for Skin Irritation: Medium (some people have no reaction to tea tree directly on the skin, while others have extreme reactions–please exercise caution).

If pregnant or breast-feeding, please consult a physician before use.

Oxidized Tea Tree oil can cause slow healing and extensive chemical burns when applied to the skin. Be sure to keep your oil in dark bottles away from light.