Essential oil of Tea Tree

The health benefits of Tea Tree essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, balsamic, cicatrisant etc.

Unlike the name suggests, the tea tree essential oil is not extracted from the plant commonly associated with tea as beverage. Neither is it related to Tea Oil, which is extracted from the seed of the Tea plant. Instead it is extracted through steam distillation of twigs and leaves of Tea Tree, which has the botanical name Melaleuca Alternifolia. Tea tree is native to Australia and its oil has been used and known among the original inhabitants of that continent as a cure-all medicine since ancient times.

The reputation as a cure-all is not an exaggeration. Tea tree oil can be used as a cure for almost all tropical infections and diseases. The magical healing and disinfectant properties make it a wonder drug that also boosts your immunity. However it is not meant to be ingested and is poisonous. It is meant only for topical application.

Therapeutic Uses

Anti-bacterial & anti-microbial

It is said that when Mother Nature creates a disease, she also creates the cure. The activity of microbes, viruses, bacteria and fungi are at their peak in tropics, so most of the medicinal plants to treat those dangerous things are found there too. Wounds that are prone to contracting bacterial infections can be effectively cured and protected using this oil.



The essential oil of tea tree has balsamic properties that generally boosts health . It promotes the absorption of nutrients from food and gives protection from diseases as well, meaning that overall it is a positive addition to our lives.



The cicatrisant property makes it heal wounds quickly and protects them from infections. Furthermore it can help neutralize or diminish the scar marks and after spots left by eruptions, boils, pox and acne.



Viral infections are very hazardous and are frequently recurring. They can bear unimaginable heat, cold and even poison, because they develop a protective shell called ‘Cyst’ around them. Some viruses are intelligent to develop a new cyst each time they are activated, like the common cold virus to trick our immune system. They can be killed only if their cyst is ruptured using a particular compound. Tea tree oil helps rupture this cyst in some viruses and can give protection against them. It also helps cure viral infections like the common cols, influenza, measles and pox.



People who are suffering from cough and cold, congestion, bronchitis, and other troubles associated with colds, are sure to get relief using tea tree essential oil. It provides relief from cough, cold, bronchitis and congestion. It can be rubbed on the chest and inhaled while sleeping, or a drop can be placed on the pillow so it can do its magical work at night, and you can wake up feeling much better in the morning. This oil is really magical as it is a regular oil I also use at home when my kids have a cold.



The stimulant property of tea tree can be very beneficial for taking care of certain hair conditions. If you suffer from dandruff or hair loss, simply apply a diluted amount of tea tree oil to the scalp. The increased blood flow that you experience will help your follicle stay healthy and strenghten the hold on your hair, so you won’t suffer from premature hair loss.



It is obvious that an essential oil which is that effective agains bacteria and viruses will be effective against insects. Tea tree oil is an effective insect deterrent and insect killer. It does not let parasites and other insects like mosquitoes, fleas, lice or flies, come near someone who has rubbed some of this oil on their body. It kills internal insects and worms too as it is absorbed by your body and skin.


Cautions and Contraindications

Remember that tea tree can be poisonous if ingested. So keep it away from children. Generally tea tree oil is safe and doesn’t cause side effects in most cases. However if you have a sensitive skin, it’s possible that you might experience a reaction. Keep tea tree oil away from eyes, contact lenses, inner nose, and sensitive parts of your skin.