Tea tree oil (also known as Melaleuca) is a ‘must have’ in any medicine kit because of its unique ability to fight bacteria, viruses and fungi. Whenever any of these nasty organisms are around, go straight for the tea tree oil.

Tea tree oil also acts to stimulate the immune system. As a result, it increases the body’s ability to fight and respond when under attack from infection.

With all this ability to fight the bad stuff, it is no surprise that there are many beneficial ways to use tea tree oil. Below is a list of handy uses for tea tree oil and how to apply it for greatest effect.


Individual spots and pimples can be treated by applying a drop or two onto a cotton swab and dabbing the spot. It works to dry the spot out and is best applied at night before going to bed.

Athlete’s Foot

The anti fungal properties of tea tree oil make it ideal for treating athlete’s foot. There are several ways to apply it and you can read more on how to treat athletes foot at home.

Cold Sores

As an effective treatment for cold sores, use tea tree oil directly on the affected area. As soon as you feel the tingling associated with a cold sore, dab it straight on. Read more about essential oils for cold sores.


To treat dandruff, add 1 to 3 drops of tea tree oil to your regular amount of shampoo. Massage it into the scalp very thoroughly, leave for up to five minutes and rinse in the usual way. Repeat this 2 to 3 times a week.


Rashes are typically areas of irritated skin. Apply tea tree oil directly if the area isn’t too large. For larger skin areas, dilute it in a carrier oil and apply over the whole area.


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