Using Tea Tree Essential Oil for Health and Cleaning Benefits

Updated on August 22, 2018
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I have been using essential oils and aromatherapy to improve my health, immunity, and emotional well-being for years.

Respiratory Health and Illness

Tea tree essential oil is one of the best and most recommended oils to diffuse when suffering from respiratory ailments. This is because tea tree essential oil has powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties. When diffused, this oil kills the bacteria and viruses that may be lingering in the air. Inhaled, the oil naturally reduces nasal congestion and kills germs that cause respiratory illness. These qualities make tea tree oil a must-have during cold and flu season as it is great for protecting against viruses and reduces the severity and length of illness. I personally have benefited from tea tree essential oil during cold and flu season. Since using essential oils aromatically, I have noticed that I do not get sick nearly as often. When I do get sick, my symptoms are less severe, and I am not sick as long.

Oils That Blend Well With Tea Tree

One negative aspect of tea tree essential oil is that it is not the best smelling oil when diffused by itself. Luckily, tea tree essential oil blends well with a variety of other oils to create a more pleasant diffusing experience. Some of the oils that blend well with tea tree are: lemon, lavender, peppermint, bergamot, eucalyptus, lemongrass, grapefruit and spearmint.

Skin Health

In addition to its benefits for respiratory health, tea tree essential oil is excellent in treating and preventing acne. Because of its antibacterial properties, tea tree essential oil kills acne causing bacteria and helps reduce the appearance of acne blemishes and prevents new acne from forming. Simply adding one drop of tea tree essential oil to a cotton swab and applying it to affected areas is all one needs to do. You may also add one drop of tea tree essential oil to your daily cleanser or toner.

Hair and Scalp Health

Another common use of tea tree essential oil is in the treatment of dandruff. Simply adding one drop of oil daily to your shampoo is a simple way to help treat dandruff. In addition, tea tree essential oil also promotes hair growth and helps maintain strong, healthy hair.

A Note About Essential Oil Quality

doTERRA - Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Essential Oil - 15 mL
doTERRA - Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Essential Oil - 15 mL
It is important to note that since tea tree essential oil has become so popular, many companies have come out with their version of tea tree oil. While all essential oils may look the same, that is not the case. Certain companies hold themselves to higher standards of quality and only produce pure, undiluted essential oil. My two favorite companies that I recommend are DoTerra and Plant Therapy. This is the tea tree oil that I use daily on my face for preventing acne. DoTerra holds itself to strict quality standards, so I am comfortable using this oil on my face daily and have seen great results since it is a high quality oil. Do research on the essential oil company that you are using before you begin applying tea tree oil (or any oils) to your skin and make sure they hold themselves to strict quality standards.

My Choice for Aromatic Use

Plant Therapy Tea Tree Oil Organic (Melaleuca Essential Oil) 100% Pure, Natural, Therapeutic Grade 10 mL (1/3 oz)
Plant Therapy Tea Tree Oil Organic (Melaleuca Essential Oil) 100% Pure, Natural, Therapeutic Grade 10 mL (1/3 oz)
This is the tea tree oil I use when diffusing. It is a high quality oil at a very reasonable price and I have been pleased with the results. I would also recommend this oil for cleaning purposes. I have not used it on my skin personally, but have heard from others that they are pleased with the results they have received from using this oil in the treatment of acne and dandruff.


Tea tree essential oil is also a great addition to cleaning products because of its natural germ killing properties. Also, since it naturally kills mold, tea tree essential oil is a great choice to use to clean: shower curtains, laundry machines, dishwashers, toilets or any other item that may be susceptible to mold growth.

Your Turn!

What are some of your favorite uses for tea tree essential oil? Do you have a favorite brand that I did not list? What are some of your favorite oils to blend with tea tree?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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