25 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is great for lots more than just curing and preventing infection! Here's 25 uses for tea tree oil, and why you need it in your natural remedies kit!

By Rachel, Contributing Writer

Today we’re talking about an essential oil that you’ve probably heard of before or have even seen in recipes for homemade cleaners here at Keeper of the Home: tea tree oil.

Tea tree has such a diversity of usefulness that’s both practical and convenient that you’ll never want to live without it again! And the good news is that it is very inexpensive in comparison to other essential oils.

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What is Tea Tree Oil?

Tea tree oil, also known as Melaleuca alternifoliais, is an essential oil that has been around for quite a while but not until the past decade has its healing benefits been catching on like wildfire. The oil is extracted from a plant native to Australia and cannot be found naturally occurring elsewhere.

Tea tree oil should NEVER be ingested and is only to be used as a topical remedy.

What are the healing benefits of Tea Tree Oil?

Tea tree oil is a “jack of all trades” as far as remedies go. The easiest way to grasp the benefits is to think: skin issues + tea tree oil = healing (in most cases).

Tea tree oil is known for its topical antiseptic and anti-fungal treatment or infection-reducing benefits. It also has antibiotic properties and helps aid against aliments such as skin infections, rashes, burns, dandruff and much more. It should be noted that tea tree oil should not be used on babies younger than 6 months.

You see? Tea tree oil is just something you need to keep on hand! It’s so versatile. Now I want to show you 25 uses for tea tree oil:

A mixture of tea tree oil and water is the perfect all-purpose cleaner!

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25 Uses for Tea Tree Oil

  1. Helps heal and soothe sunburns.
  2. Heals skin infections naturally.
  3. Relieves itchiness from rashes as well as helps reduce rashes.
  4. Can be used as an all-purpose cleaner: Fill a spray bottle with 1-2 tsp. of tea tree oil and the rest of the bottle with water.
  5. Treats acne.
  6. Helps to prevent lice naturally; just add a few drops to your shampoo.
  7. A few drops in your pets’ crates or beds keep the fleas away.
  8. Removes ticks; just add to skin, and the little stinker will usually unlatch.
  9. Cures toenail fungus and Athlete’s foot.
  10. Helps remove skin tags.
  11. Naturally cures bad breath. (Swish some tea tree oil and water in you mouth.)
  12. Can be used in a homemade toothpaste recipe.
  13. Has been found as an effective treatment for warts.
  14. Soothes insect bites.
  15. Treats ringworm.
  16. Treats psoriasis and other skin conditions.
  17. Relieves asthma or other breathing conditions when a few drops are added to a humidifier.
  18. Works as as antiseptic on small cuts.
  19. Keeps your bathroom fresh.
  20. Relieves earaches; mix 1 drop of tea tree oil with 1 tsp. olive oil, drop mixture into the ear and then remove by tilting head.
  21. Freshen laundry: Add a few drops in your washing machine to scent your clothes. Also, if you forgot to put the clothes in the dryer, run again with tea tree oil to remove mildew. You can also scent wool dryer balls with tea tree oil.
  22. Helps freshen carpet.
  23. Can be used in several homemade kitchen cleaners.
  24. Cleans mold: Mix apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil and scrub mold; place outside to sun-dry.
  25. Can be used in a homemade natural deodorant.

There you go–25 different ways to use tea tree oil, the most versatile substance that can help anything from soothing a burn to removing ticks to freshening your house!

Not sure where to buy tea tree oil?

There are several brands carried by Amazon, many of which ship for free. I also find the essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs to be very high quality.

Two other money saving options are that you can use my referral codes to Vitacost or iHerb (both of which stock tea tree oil) and get a discount on your first order! Sign up with Vitacost to get a $10 off $10 coupon. Or use code CEC426 to take $10 off your first order at iHerb.

What is your favorite way to use tea tree oil?

Disclaimer: Although all of the Keeper of the Home writers are passionate about natural health, none of us are medical professionals. This post is for entertainment and educational purposes only. This post includes both affiliate and referral links.

About Rachel

Rachel is a mother to 3 kids and a wife to a wellness doctor. Her passions are faith, family and health. She supports her husband in helping to change the way people look at their health and uses her blog as a tool to do that, her husband also has a feature on her blog called "Ask Dr. Jake", he would be happy to answer any of your health related questions or at least direct your path to some better options. You can find her writing about her family adventures and inspiring you to make healthier choices for your family and more at day2day joys or on Facebook. Also, if you subscribe to her blog via email you will get Spring into Summer Smoothie E-book for free.

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  1. I just started using Tea Tree Oil for my skin four days ago, and I can see how good it is. It is amazing how the effects of the results are seen pretty soon.

  2. joyce peterson says:

    my dad used it on his diabetic sores

  3. Please can I use tree tea oil on my son body to kill the bacterial ? He has body odor please I need your help

  4. My wife used this to repel spiders out of the house. Also, she used it against roaches, water beetles.

  5. In my opinion, one of the best uses for Tea Tree oil is in healing burns. If you get burned, immediately apply tea tree oil on the burned area, and it will actually keep your skin from blistering! It’s amazing :)

  6. Carole Whittock says:

    Excellent info for Tea Tree oil. Can I use it on my dogs to prevent fleas? Is it safe and how would I administer (in a spray with water? if so how much?) Thank you

  7. Tea Tree oil is great! I have been using it for many years in my homemade cleaning recipes for the kitchen and the bathroom.

  8. Dr Debra Perrier- Pirch says:

    Do you kno of any effective use of tea tree oil in treating bed sores / pressure ulcers on wheel chair / bed ridden patients? Sev colleagues have mentioned it 4 this use; but none kno what to mix it in nor @ what ratio…they all remember that full strength (undiluted) is too strong for this fragile skin. Please advise…

    • I am a home health care provider and have worked in clinical for 20 years+. The absolute must when considering to use tea tree oil on the decubitus ulcers is deciding how weak to make it for cleansing and or applying. Decubitus ulcers/ pressure sores are the breakdown of fragile skin of bed ridden or cared for clients. I would definitely use immense caution in anything more than a level 2. But a washing of the area surrounding tissue may be a justified action. I use a spray bottle when ok’d with one- ounce tea tree and one ounce apple cider vinegar to 20 ounces of water, and spray the areas of feet affected with athletes foot, or diabetic. Soaking feet with apple cider and tea tree 2 times a day has helped save many a toe and foot problems. Using it on open sores will make it very soft- so proper nutrition and circulation of the area is of priority.

  9. Tamara Draper says:

    These are great uses. I also use it for tooth aches. Just use a Qtip to apply; or if it is a sever tooth ache use a cotton ball. Of course the taste of tea tree oil takes a bit of getting use. Don’t over use tea tree oil internally b/c it can cause an upset stomach.

  10. VeroIn210 says:

    Wow this is great. Can’t wait to buy some!

  11. Jess de Ridder says:

    Hello everyone. I’m not sure where all this confusion regarding using tea tree oil on dogs has come from. My knowledge of it is that it is safe to use topically on pets as long as you don’t use raw as like humans can cause irritation etc…. drops on bedding is great for fleas/ticks etc…. Don’t bother asking the vet if it’s safe as they will say ‘never’ use it on your pets because they basically work for the equivalent of a pharmaceutical company so will veer towards medications rather than home or natural remedies. At the end of the day, hearsay will always confuse and web searches aren’t always accurate. Best to enquire with someone who really knows their stuff ie; naturopath/herbalist maybe?
    I use tea tree oil plus many other home remedies for all sorts of ailments and love it!
    Thank you for reading ;0)

    • zensibilia says:

      Jess – – it is toxic to animals, and if you take a moment to do an Internet search, you will learn just how little it takes to bother/harm/kill a pet. I am anti-big-pharma (I am an herbalist), but in this case, the vets are telling the truth! :)

  12. i use mine to clean my belly button piercing and it works perfectly and doesnt irritate the skin and has a pleasant scent if mixed with lavender oil

  13. Annette says:

    I loved your list but after reading the comment about tea tree oil not being safe for pets I did some more research…Please be careful with what you read on the internet…if these ideas work that great, but always double check to make sure it’s safe…This is quoted from the WebMD website:

    “Tea tree oil is LIKELY SAFE for most people when put on the skin, but it can cause skin irritation and swelling. In people with acne, it can sometimes cause skin dryness, itching, stinging, burning, and redness.
    Applying products to the skin that contain tea tree oil along with lavender oil might not be safe for young boys who have not yet reached puberty. These products might have hormone effects that could disrupt the normal hormones in a boy’s body. In some cases, this has resulted in boys developing abnormal breast growth called gynecomastia. The safety of these products when used by young girls is not known.
    Tea tree oil is UNSAFE when taken by mouth. Don’t take tea tree oil by mouth. As a general rule never take undiluted essential oils by mouth due to the possibility of serious side effects. Taking tree tea oil by mouth has caused confusion, inability to walk, unsteadiness, rash, and coma.
    Special Precautions & Warnings:
    Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Tea tree oil seems to be safe when applied to the skin. But it should not be taken by mouth. Ingestion of tea tree oil can be toxic.”

  14. As to #11, I’ve use TTO the same way to get rid of severe toothache. In swish just as long ads I can stand, then swish some more. Do this 2-3 times and it’s gone, even an abscess.

  15. We have been using tea tree oil to treat molloscum contagiosum on one of our children (who also has eczema). It has almost completely cleared it in one area and looks like it is working in the other, too. Thank goodness, bc there are not a lot of options out there. We see some success with the eczema too.

  16. candi baker says:

    I had a bad toe fungus…nothing worked..tried DoTerra tea tree oil for afew days in coconut oil & it started healing..after afew more days it didnt hurt at all & has not come back…

  17. I mix 4-5 drops of tea tree oil in a douche bag, along with 2 capsules of acidophiles, and a cup &1/2 of brewed pau de arco tea. Be sure you steep tea for at lease 15 min. Also so it can cool down. Than use for a douche to prevent candida, itchiness internally, once to twice a month. It really works well.

  18. I have had various chest infections that have not been helped by modern medication in the last couple of years. SO I tried doing what my father had done with Friars Balsaam when I was a child. I put two drops each of Eucalyptus and Tea Tree essential oils in a bowl with boiling water and inhaled with a towel over my head, 4 times a day. Within two days my breathing was easier and by a week I was not having problems with coughing or breathing. And by two weeks I was almost back to normal. I have since bought a “steamer” for the next time I get a cold or a chest infection.

    • I’ve used your remedy but with a handful if sea salt added for a very stubborn chest infection. Sorted it out very quickly! Have also taken one drop of ti-tree oil in 20mL of water as a gargle for a sore throat; have then swallowed it. Have had no negative side effects but obviously I need to research a little more to confirm that this is safe. I drink melaleuca tea, too.

  19. please note that Tea Tree Oils is highly toxic to pets (fogs & cats for sure)…and it doesn’t take much. Folks who have thought that it works fine on them have used on their pets only to find that their pet died. Not good but also not widely known. Please educate on that also! ~Thanks! But it is pretty amazing for us humans!

    • They say that it is good to keep the ticks away. How do you know it is toxic for pets?

      • zensibilia says:

        It is toxic to pets. A simple web search will show you this. As for flea and tick deterring, drops are meant to go ON THEIR BEDDING, not skin. Even so, I know of pets (especially cats) that will run from the smell of Tea tree oil. I am an herbalist.


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