Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

melaleuca alternifolia

Well known for its antiseptic properties, melaleuca has been used for thousands of years.  It is found in everything from soaps and lotions to household disinfectants.  This is a must-have in your essential oil first aid kit.  It fights infections that are bacterial, viral and fungal.  It can be used to help clear colds, asthma and sinus infections.  It can be used on the skin for acne, warts, infected cuts, athlete’s foot and toenail fungus. It can help prevent and kill head lice.  Melaleuca oil also acts as a natural deodorant due to its antimicrobial properties and it makes a safe, nontoxic cleanser for the home.

Blends well with clary sage, clove, geranium, lavender, myrrh, rose, rosemary and thyme.


Acne:  Mix 5 drops melaleuca oil with 2 teaspoons of raw honey. Apply to face for 1 minute.  Rinse off with warm water.

Cuts, burns, wounds, skin infections:  Mix 2 drops each melaleuca and lavender oil and apply directly to the area,

Deodorant:  Mix 1  teaspoon each of coconut oil and baking soda with 5 drops of melaleuca oil. Apply to underarms.

Head lice:  Apply directly to the scalp for 35 minutes. Wash out. Repeat every other day for 12-14 days.

Household cleanser:  Mix 6 oz. water, 4 oz. white vinegar, 12 drops melaleuca oil and 12 drops lemon oil n a glass spray bottle. Be sure to shake before each use.

Therapeutic properties:



Do not take internally. If you are pregnant, nursing, being treated for other health issues or taking medications, be sure to consult your healthcare provider.

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