Although, tea tree oil is not a panacea, the list of potential applications is long. The confused species-rich tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) - not to be used for picking the tea plant (Camellia sinensis) - grows almost exclusively in Australia. It prefers moist sites, grows up to seven meters and has a light to dark brown bark. Since this bark peels off in thin layers,and thus, it is called in English "paperbark". The oil contained in the plant has a strong bactericidal and fungicidal effect, which means it kills bacteria and fungi, thereby producing many benefits of tea tree oil.

The tea tree and tea tree oil

The benefits of tea tree oil and the drug efficacy of the tea tree was originally discovered by the Aborigines and adopted by the Europeans. While the natives crushed the small, narrow leaves for the purpose of inhalation or wound treatment, the settlers broke the oil by steam distillation. For a long time, the leaves were harvested directly in the bush and distilled. In the 20s and 30s of the last century, tea tree oil also came into the focus of science. The benefits of tea tree oil has been intensively studied. However, it became widely used in medicine as an antiseptic until after the Second World War, when the face of modern antibiotics left it behind. In the 80s, it experienced a renaissance. Given the growing demand, tea trees are grown in large plantations, and since then, have been harvested mechanically to reap the benefits of tea tree oil.

The use of tea tree oil

The possible applications of tea tree oil are very wide. Some information in advance: To increase the chance of success of treatment with tea tree oil, when purchasing one should look for purity (100% oil from Melaleuca alternifolia). Genuine Australian tea tree oil in good quality contains a large percentage (minimum 30%) of terpinen-4-ol, which is seen as primarily responsible for the positive effects. Tea tree oil can be very effective when used in support of minor complaints, after medical consultation and in severe cases. In severe conditions, and with chronic disease conditions, one should consult a doctor!

The benefits of tea tree oil can be seen in insect bites, herpes and canker sores

The benefits of tea tree oil can be seen as an effective domestic remedy against mosquito bites. One wears it neat or undiluted on various parts of the skin to keep biting insects from the outset. But once stung, apply just a little oil on the spot: Often the itching and the swelling disappears and goes away more quickly. Amazingly, you can also treat the herpes virus with tea tree oil: Apply undiluted tea tree oil to the wet sores on the first day, every two hours; on the second day, every four hours. After two days of treatment, the benefits of tea tree oil should reveal itself and the herpes will often go away. The herpes simplex virus sometimes leads to painful and inflammatory lesions (aphthae) of the mouth - often circular and with a white coating. Even against these so-called canker sores, tea tree oil has become a proven daily multi-pronged treatment.

Tea tree oil is a home remedy oil for pimples, acne and sunburn

The benefits of tea tree oil can also be seen in the treatment of pimples, acne and sunburn. Individual spots are rubbed with tea tree oil several times a day at best. Increased incidence of pimples is typically due to an obstruction of the gland and is called acne, which in its most common form (acne vulgaris) occurs mainly in adolescence. To treat acne with tea tree oil, mix a few drops in a little skin lotion or face water and rub on the acne each morning and evening. Treat individual spots, as described above, with undiluted tea tree oil. Sunburn is very harmful for the skin and should really be avoided. However, if you experience a sunburn, you can rub the affected area several times daily with undiluted tea tree oil, or with tea tree oil diluted with alcohol. Tea tree oil accelerates the healing of a sunburn and has a pleasant cooling effect.

Application of tea tree oil for muscle aches, sores and nail fungus

The benefits of tea tree oil can be used for muscle aches, sores and nail fungus. For muscle aches, massage the affected muscle with a blend of one third tea tree oil and two thirds of vegetable oil. This mixture is also very good for back massages. Mineral-like cuts are treated after cleaning with water, and then using a mixture of two-thirds of tea tree oil and one third of vegetable oils (this preserves the elasticity of the skin), which disinfects the wounds and helps to heal faster. Fungal diseases (mycoses) are very common, and are especially stubborn in the nails. To treat nail fungus, apply undiluted oil twice daily on the affected areas over a long period. Patience is called for to see the benefits of tea tree oil in this treatment - the progress can often take several months of nail fungus, since only the healthy nail should grow back. The infected nail points should be constantly removed. Then immediately disinfect the nail scissors! Fungal infections between the toes heal usually within a few days when treated with pure oil.

In rare cases, tea tree oil can cause allergic reactions on the skin. Sensitive people should give a small drop on the arm and watch that area for one to two days.

In addition to these, there are a large number of other applications of tea tree oil. This can be found in:


Elvis Ali, George Grant, Selim M.D. Nakla, Don Patel, Ken Vegotsky: The Tea Tree Oil Bible: Your Essential Guide for Health and Home Uses/Your First Aid Kit in a Bottle, AGES Publications (May 1999)