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Tea Tree Oil Uses and Benefits

Tea Tree Product Description

Tea Tree essential oil is one of the most loved and diverse essential oils in the industry. Tea Tree essential oil possesses over 92 different compounds and, as such, can be used in seemingly endless ways in home and wellness practices.

Tea Tree oil has a long history of such applications. Historically derived from the Melaleuca plant of Australia, it was a daily necessity for many of Australia’s ancient peoples. The Bundjalung Aboriginal people from the coast of New South Wales often applied the leaves directly to the skin for a cooling effect. Over time, the knowledge of Tea Tree’s numerous benefits spread worldwide, leading to arguably its most popular use today—in essential oil. The benefits of Tea Tree essential oil are numerous, so it’s no wonder why it’s so popular, especially when used in aromatherapy.*

*This claim applies only to Tea Tree NHP oil (NPN: 80060950)

You can also enjoy the cosmetic benefits of Tea Tree essential oil in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil with doTERRA Touch® Tea Tree. This product is an ideal alternative for children and individuals with sensitive skin, those who are just looking for the cosmetic benefits of Tea Tree essential oil, or if you’re looking to take it on-the-go.

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Tea Tree Uses and Benefits

  1. Hair Care: Tea Tree oil has cleansing and purifying properties when used topically, which can support a clean scalp for healthy-looking hair. Instead of using haircare products made with harsh synthetic ingredients, use Tea Tree oil as a naturally sourced element in your haircare routine. Add a drop of Tea Tree essential oil to your shampoo before lathering or add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and spritz on your scalp after showering.
  2. Skincare: Achieve cleaner skin and give your face a beautiful glow with a little help from Tea Tree essential oil. Add one to two drops of Tea Tree oil to your facial cleanser or moisturizer, or roll a small amount of doTERRA Touch Tea Tree to desired areas for added cleansing properties. Making Tea Tree oil a part of your daily skin routine will help maintain clean, healthy looking skin.
  3. Nail Care: Get a better at-home mani-pedi with the cleansing benefits of Tea Tree oil. Apply one drop of Tea Tree oil or roll doTERRA Touch Tea Tree onto your fingernails, toenails, and nailbeds after getting out of the shower to keep them clean and looking
  4. Surface Cleansing: The surface purifying properties in Tea Tree essential oil are great for cleaning household surfaces. Create your own effective, homemade cleaner by adding five to ten drops of Tea Tree oil to a spray bottle with water and use on surfaces throughout the house. This mixture will not only help cleanse surfaces your family uses often, but it will also leave behind the invigorating, clean scent of Tea Tree oil.
  5. Deodorant: To maintain fresh-smelling underarms, apply one drop of Tea Tree oil or roll a small amount of doTERRA Touch Tea Tree to the underarms for a naturally sourced deodorant.
  6. Massage: Use Tea Tree as a part of a soothing massage for an added cooling sensation to the skin. When using Tea Tree oil topically, first dilute one drop with ten drops of doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil in case of any skin sensitivity. Then, massage into the skin!
  7. Diffusion: Diffuse three to four drops of Tea Tree essential oil in the diffuser of your choice for a rejuvenating aroma to freshen the air in your home or workspace. Looking for an energizing aroma to diffuse? Add two drops of Lemon oil, two drops of Eucalyptus oil, one drop of Tea Tree oil, and one drop of Peppermint oil to your diffuser for a refreshing, invigorating blend perfect for any space. 

Tea Tree Oil In Aromatherapy*

Tea Tree oil is an especially efficacious essential oil when used in aromatherapy. Tea Tree oil is used in aromatherapy to help relieve colds and cough.* Simply add three to five drops of Tea Tree oil to a diffuser or steam facial and breathe in its relieving aroma.

​​​​​​​*These claims apply only to Tea Tree essential oil (NPN: 80060950), and not to doTERRA Touch Tea Tree.

Fun Fact

Bungwalbin Creek in Australia is surrounded by Australian Melaleuca (tea) trees and is held sacred by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As the sticky tea tree leaves fell into the creek, they created waters that are still called magical today. 

Plant Description

With roughly 250 species, the Melaleuca plant has green, brush-like leaves typically found in Australia. This plant can grow from the size of small shrubs to the height of full trees. Tea Tree essential oil is extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca shrubs or trees, which have a strong aroma when rubbed. Tea Tree oil is produced through the process of steam distillation where steam and pressure are used to release chemical components from the plant, resulting in a potent essential oil.

Essential Oils That Blend Well with Tea Tree

Because Tea Tree oil has an herbaceous, earthy aroma, it blends well with other invigorating and refreshing aromas like Peppermint oil, Eucalyptus oil, Lemon oil, Lemon Eucalyptus oil, or Citronella oil. Whenever you want a fresh, energizing aroma to diffuse, make sure to add Tea Tree oil to the mix. 


Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. For external use only.

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