18 Common Uses for Tea Tree Oil

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A few week ago, my friend Christie from Reinvention Girl was talking about how she is like the father from My Big Fat Greek Wedding who could fix any problem with Windex, except that she is usually armed with coconut oil. It gave me a chuckle because, while a fan of coconut oil, my weapon of choice is tea tree oil. All too often you can hear me tell someone in the family to, “put tea tree oil on it.”

Why tea tree oil, you ask?

You did ask, right?

As far as I am concerned, the potential uses for tea tree oil are endless. Also known as melaleuca oil, tea tree oil comes from the Australian plant Melaleuca alternifolia. It has a camphor-like scent and is known for having wonderful anti-fungal properties that can kill bacteria. Tea tree oil can be applied to the skin but it should not be ingested.

18 Common Uses for Tea Tree Oil

Here are 18 potential tea tree oil uses, based on experience:

  1. Apply it directly to treat acne.
  2. Use to treat scrapes, cuts, and burns.
  3. Continued use on acne, scrapes, cuts, and burns – not just for healing but to reduce scarring too.
  4. Use it under fingernails and toenails to prevent and heal fungal infections.
  5. Use a dab on the scalp to prevent lice. Supposedly it not only keeps them away, but it can also be used when head lice is found on the scalp to kill them, though I have personally not tested that theory yet.
  6. Apply it to ankles, behind knees and behind ears to keep ticks and mosquitos away. You can also make a spray by diluting tea tree oil with water in a spray bottle and applying to clothing. (For pet owners, I have heard that putting a few drops in a pets’ crate or bed can also repel fleas.)
  7. When in a hotel, I put it on before bed to prevent bedbugs.
  8. Use it as an antiseptic for treating insect bites. Tea tree oil is also known to be helpful for removing ticks too.
  9. Use it to heal dandruff and dry, itchy scalps that are common during the winter months.
  10. Use it to treat athlete’s foot.
  11. Use it to treat blisters and minor warts.
  12. Use it as a natural deodorant.
  13. Adding a few drops to a humidifier/vaporizer can help to reduce wheezing from asthma.
  14. Adding a few drops to bath water can help to treat illnesses such as a cough, bronchial congestion, and symptoms of colds and flu.
  15. Use it for cuts, scrapes and infections in the mouth. You can apply it safely as long as you do not apply too much and you do not swallow it. The tea tree oil found in toothpastes is considered safe because it is not meant to be ingested.
  16. Adding a few drops to the wash makes towels smell fresh.
  17. Apply it to doorknobs, handles, remote controls, and phones to keep germs away.
  18. Use it in a solution to reduce mold and mildew in the bathroom by spraying it in the bathtub/shower and to the floor.

Do you use tea tree oil in your home? If so, what is your favorite use for it?


Disclaimer: Thought I am passionate about natural health and wellness, I am not a medical professional (nor do I play one on television). This post should not be deemed as medical advice. Like with anything new applied to the skin, there is a possibility of an allergic reaction to tea tree oil. Ask your doctor before using tea tree oil if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.


  1. I have some of this. I had no idea it had so many uses!!

  2. I had no idea there were so many incredible uses for it! Wow, thanks – I will def be trying this now

  3. Yes! I actually just found a book that I have called the Essential Melaleuca Guide (I *think*) that I need to read. Lots of great ideas for tea tree oil. I love to put a little bit in my dishwasher to get the dishes extra clean.

  4. Oh I am going to try #18 we usually use bleach

  5. So many uses for tea oil, not familiar with it though but now I am intrigued.

  6. I used to use it but for some reason I stopped. Sounds like I should start again

  7. I’m going to have to buy a bottle of tea oil. Who knew there were so many great uses for it? Thanks for sharing this!

  8. How interesting! I have heard of using this for lice? But, never anything else! I will have to take a look for this!

  9. I love tea tree oil…use it all the time!

  10. Lisa J. Jones says:

    WOW Who Would Of Known This Is AWESOME Thank You

  11. I never knew Tea Tree Oil was so useful! I have seen it in some acne medications, but I need to pick some up.

  12. I never knew there were so many uses for this oil. I will have to get some and remind myself of this page. thanks

  13. I have used tea tree oil as a moisturizer for hair and scalp but nothing else as of yet.

  14. I’ll have to get some with all these possible uses. I had no idea!

  15. I’ve heard of it but never used it. Athlete’s foot? That by itself would be a reason to buy it. I hate the sprays!

  16. I love tea tree oil! Use it topically, and for cleaning around the house. It’s brilliant stuff.

  17. We love tea tree oil! I just switched to a TTO deodorant!

  18. I use it often. A couple new one I did not know, Thanks

  19. Maria Oller says:

    Love tree oil, this pregnancy was a constant battle with acne and the only thing I could use is tree oil. I’m sad I find out about it late I have some scarring but it could be worst.

  20. LOVE Tea Tree Oil! I use it for bug bites and we had some mold on our camping tent and it cleaned it right up!

  21. I never heard of tea tree oil. I’m going to have to get some. Sounds magical! :)

  22. I had no idea it heals dandruff too! Wow! I love tea tree oil and use it for just about everything. Such a fantastic list this is! Thank you! I’m going to print it out!

  23. Jen Winans says:

    i keep a spray bottle of tea tree oil (10-15 drops) mixed w water for us to spray our heads with. Lice in the school months is horrible, and we have used this to get rid of lice. Spray entire house w it. Smells great too! I also use it in my homemade deodorant.


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