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Tea Tree Oil Uses and Benefits

Essential Oil Spotlight

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree oil (Melaleuca oil) possesses over 92 different compounds and, as such, possesses almost endless ways it can be used for wellness. But what is Tea Tree oil? Tea Tree oil comes from the Melaleuca plant which hails from Australia, where it was a daily necessity for the ancient peoples there. The Bundjalung Aboriginal people from the coast of New South Wales would apply the leaves directly to the skin for a cooling effect. Over time, the knowledge of Melaleuca’s numerous benefits spread worldwide, leading up to it's popular use today.

So, how do you use Tea Tree oil? Keep reading to learn about the benefits of Tea Tree oil and how to use Tea Tree oil in your everyday life. 

Bottle of doTERRA Tea Tree oil, also called Melaleuca oil, green sprigs, white flowers. Can you use tea tree oil for skin? Due to the cleansing properties of tea tree oil, it is a very useful essential oil for promoting healthy skin.

Tea Tree Oil Uses and Benefits

  1. One common use of Tea Tree oil is for haircare. Many people use Tea Tree oil for hair because of its topical cleansing, rejuvenating, and purifying properties. Unlike chemical-ridden haircare products, Tea Tree oil offers a soft, gentle element to any haircare routine.
  2. Diffusing Tea Tree oil benefits the air in your home because it purifies and and freshens as it disperses. When diffusing Tea Tree oil on its own, use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice. Looking for a revitalizing diffuser blend that will freshen and purify any room? Add two drops of Lemon, two drops of Eucalyptus, one drop of Tea Tree oil, and one drop of Peppermint to your diffuser for a rejuvenating diffuser bend that will cleanse the air and awaken your senses. 
  3. The use of Tea Tree oil as a skin cleanser and toner was first discovered by the ancient Aboriginal peoples of Australia. Today many people continue to use Tea Tree oil for skin because of these purifying and toning properties. You can achieve clean, glowing skin with the help of Tea Tree oil by simply including it in your daily skincare routine. Consider adding one to two drops of Tea Tree oil to your facial cleanser or moisturizer for added cleansing properties. Making Tea Tree oil a part of your daily skin routine will help keep your skin clean, toned, with a healthy appearance.
  4. Tea Tree oil can also be used to help soothe occasional skin irritations. When you experience occasional skin irritations, apply one to two drops of Tea Tree oil onto the affected area, using doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to dilute the oil if necessary. The skin cleansing properties of Tea Tree oil reach further than just helping with the occasional skin irritation, so it is a good idea to make Tea Tree oil a regular part of your skincare routine.
  5. The same purifying properties in Tea Tree oil can also be very helpful for cleaning surfaces—especially throughout the home. Tea Tree oil is a good choice for homemade cleaners due to its ability to protect against environmental and seasonal threats. If you want an effective homemade cleaner, add a few drops of Tea Tree oil to a spray bottle with water and use it on surfaces throughout the house. This mixture will help protect you and your family against environmental threats, and purify all your surfaces with the herbaceous, green scent of Tea Tree oil.
  6. The purifying properties of Tea Tree oil aren’t just good for hair and skin, you can also use Melaleuca oil to keep your fingernails and toenails looking and feeling healthy. Reap the benefits of Tea Tree oil for nails by applying some oil to your fingernails and toenails after you get out of the shower. When using Tea Tree oil topically, first dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to prevent against any skin sensitivity, and then apply a few drops to your skin.

doTERRA Tea Tree Touch

doTERRA Tea Tree Touch offers all the cleansing benefits of Tea Tree in a convenient prediluted roller bottle. When you want to take the soothing, purifying power of Tea Tree with you on the go, doTERRA Tea Tree Touch is the answer. If you have sensitive skin, this doTERRA Touch® line product is a fantastic option—the Fractionated Coconut Oil provides plenty of dilution, while still allowing the Tea Tree essential oil to do its job.

Consider adding doTERRA Tea Tree Touch to your hygiene bag or purse the next time you take a trip. No matter where you are, skin irritations or a dull complexion won’t be a bother. Simply roll on doTERRA Tea Tree Touch during your morning or nighttime skincare routine, while you’re out and about, after shaving, or anytime you feel like your skin needs support.

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Plant Description

With roughly 250 species, Melaleuca is most typically found in Australia. Melaleuca oil, or Tea Tree 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—pulling out the essential oil.

Fun Fact about Tea Tree oil: Bungwalbin Creek in Australia is surrounded by Australian tea trees and is held sacred by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As the sticky tea tree oil leaves fell into the creek, they created waters that natives still consider “magical waters” today. 

Chemistry of Tea Tree Oil

Main Chemical Components: Terpinen-4-ol, y-terpinene

The chemical makeup of Tea Tree oil proves why the oil is so useful topically for cleansing and aromatically for uplifting purposes. The main chemical constituents of Melaleuca are terpinen-4-ol, gamma-terpinene, and alpha-terpinene. Terpinen-4-ol is a monoterpenoid alcohol, and gives Tea Tree oil its toning or harmonizing aromatic characteristics. Gamma-terpinene and alpha-terpinene are monoterpenes, which are known to be uplifting when diffused.

Oils that blend well with Tea Tree oil

Because Tea Tree oil has an herbaceous, green aroma, it blends well with other invigorating and refreshing essential oils like Peppermint, Eucalyptus, or Lemon. When you want a fresh, green, revitalizing diffuser blend, make sure to add Tea Tree oil to the mix.

Where to Buy Tea Tree Oil

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If you are looking for Tea Tree oil, visit our the product page to see how to order. When shopping for Tea Tree oil, you’ll want to ensure that the oil you choose is pure and high quality, in order to obtain the best benefits. Each doTERRA essential oil, including Tea Tree oil, is responsibly sourced, tested, and produced in a way that guarantees a high quality grade.


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.

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