How to Use Tea Tree Essential Oil

How to Use Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea Tree is one of the best known essential oils and is a powerhouse product for the skin. It can be used to cleanse and purify the skin, encourage healthy nail growth, promote a healthy scalp, and beautify the complexion. Let's learn how to use Tea Tree essential oil, its benefits, safety tips, and recipes.

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Top uses for Tea Tree essential oil

  • Skin blemishes and minor irritations
  • Respiratory support
  • Natural surface cleanser and degreaser

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What is tea tree essential oil?

Tea Tree is native to Australia and comes from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant. The Bundjalung Aboriginal people from the coast of New South Wales would apply the leaves directly to the skin for a cooling effect.

DoTERRA Tea Tree is grown and sustainably sourced in Australia and Kenya where the plants grow best and produce the best chemistry. The leaves are collected and steam distilled to produce the oil and the waste is then used as mulch for the Tea tree plants.

What are essential Oils?

Essential oils are aromatic compounds found in plants, seeds, bark, flowers and trees. Pure essential oils are 50-70 times more potent than herbs and when used properly are 100% natural and safe.

Have you ever crushed a peppermint leaf between your fingers?  What you were doing was rupturing the essential oil sacs to smell the essential oil aroma.  The aromatic compounds inside those tiny little sacs help the plant protect itself and thrive.  We get the same benefit when we use essential oils. 

Who can use Tea Tree essential oil?

Pure Tea Tree essential oil is safe for children, babies, elderly and can be used aromatically and topically. Tea tree should not be used with pets.

Aromatic use is simply inhaling the scent from the bottle, adding drops to a room diffuser or inhaling a drop from the palm of our hands. If you have pets and want to use Tea Tree in a diffuser use less drops and keep the doors open so that they can freely leave the area.

Topically it can be applied to the skin where it is needed by itself which is also called "neat application" or diluted along with a carrier oil.

General essential oil dilution guidelines:

Essential oils are volatile aromatic compounds that evaporate very quickly. Dilution does not reduce the effectiveness of an essential oil but slows the absorption and evaporation. Dilute an essential oil by adding it to a vegetable based carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil, jojoba, argan oil, sweet almond and avocado oil.

  • Less is more! When in doubt dilute!
  • 1 teaspoon = approximately 100 drops
  • 5mL bottle = approximately 100 drops
  • 10mL bottle = approximately 200 drops
  • Under 12 years old use 1 drop of essential oil per year in 1 tsp of carrier oil. (ex. 5 years old = 5 drops of essential oil in 1 tsp carrier oil)
  • Healthy adults use 20-40 drops total of essential oil in a 10mL roller bottle then fill the rest with a carrier oil.
  • Seniors and sensitive skin use 10-20 drops total essential oil in a 10mL roller bottle.

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How to Use Tea Tree Essential Oil Aromatically

When inhaled essential oils can positively effect our mood and emotions in less than 30 seconds. The scent molecules of the essential oil enter through the olfactory nerve which sends messages to the limbic system. The limbic system acts as the command center for our mood and emotions.

  • Inhale directly from cupped hands for an uplifting energy boost.
  • Freshen and purify the air in a room diffuser.
  • Make a room spray with 10 drops of Tea Tree and Lemon essential oils in a glass spray bottle of distilled water.
  • For respiratory and immune support add to a diffuser.
  • Make a sinus steamer in a cup of steaming hot water add 1-2 drops each peppermint, tea tree, lemon and oregano. Close your eyes and breathe in deeply.
  • Supports feelings of empowerment, resiliency and safety.

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Tea Tree Diffuser Blend Recipes

Add the essential oil drops to a room diffuser along with tap water to the fill line. Inhale and relax!

Herbal Bliss

2 drops Tea Tree oil
2 drops Peppermint oil
2 drops Lavender oil

Fresh Air

2 drops Lemon oil
2 drops Tea Tree oil
2 drops Lime oil

Open Airways

2 drops Tea Tree oil
2 drops Lemon oil
3 drops Breathe respiratory blend

How to Use Tea Tree Essential Oil Topically

Topical use is simply placing the oil on your skin where it is absorbed into the tissue and enters the bloodstream. Essential oils are 50-70 times more concentrated then herbs. We can dilute essential oils with a carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil) to slow that absorption and avoid sensitivity. To effect the whole body apply them topically to the bottom of the feet, spine or navel.

To avoid photosensitivity with citrus essential oils do not apply on skin that will exposed to the sun within 12 hours.

  • Add to your shampoo to soothe dry, flaky scalp.
  • Rub a drop in along the hairline before school to repel lice or add to a detangler spray of conditioner and water.
  • Add to your facial toner or a cotton ball and apply to blemishes.
  • Apply to clean fingernails or toenails.
  • Apply to clean skin after shaving for razor bumps relief.
  • For occasional skin irritations, apply one to two drops on affected areas.
  • Combine one to two drops with a facial cleanser for added cleansing effects
  • Make a skin spray with witch hazel and 10 drops of Tea Tree.
  • Make a surface cleanser with equal parts white vinegar and distilled water and 10 drops each Tea Tree and Lemon essential oil.

Tea Tree Roller Blend Recipes

In a 10mL roller bottle add the essential oil drops and fill the rest with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil. Roll on area of concern.

Immune Support

5 drops Tea Tree oil
5 drops Lemon oil
5 drops Frankincense oil
5 drops Oregano oil
5 drops On Guard protective blend

Ear Support

7 drops Tea Tree oil
7 drops Basil oil
7 drops Lavender oil

Roll along the mastoid bone and down both sides of the neck. Roll onto a cotton ball and place outside ear canal.


10 drops Frankincense oil
5 drops Tea Tree oil
10 drops Lavender oil
5 drops Copaiba oil

Roll where you need it avoiding open cuts and wounds.

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DIY Tea Tree Recipes

Yoga Mat Spray

1/4 cup witch hazel
3/4 cup distilled water
5 drops Lavender oil
3 drops Tea Tree oil

Add to a glass spray bottle. Shake and spray the yoga mat and wipe clean. Spot test a small area of your yoga mat before first use.

Clay Facial Mask

2 tsp bentonite clay
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 drop Frankincense oil
1 drop Lavender oil
1 drop Tea Tree oil

Combine clay and vinegar in bowl and stir until well combined. Do not use a metal spoon. Add essential oils and apply to clean skin. Let dry for 5-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and follow with moisturizer.

Essential Beard Oil

5 drops Tea Tree oil
5 drops Cedarwood oil

Combine essential oils with 1 ounce of carrier oil such as Fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil in a glass container or roller bottle.

Put a few drops into palm and rub in daily.

What makes doTERRA essential oils different?

Have you seen a $10 Frankincense in the grocery store and wonder why it’s so cheap? Well, you can bet that bottle is synthetic grade and does not have the therapeutic benefits of a pure essential oil. The same thing goes for oils on retail sites such as Amazon. Anyone can buy a replacement essential oil bottle top for .50 cents that will seal as if it was a brand new bottle of essential oil. Buyer Beware: the percentage of adulterated essential oils on the market today is staggering.

There are four main grades of essential oils. Synthetic oils lack purity and can be harmful to the body. These include things like laundry, perfumes and body products. Food grade are measured by the GRAS standard (Generally Regarded As Safe). This is a much higher standard required for internal use, but this grade is mainly used to flavor food and lacks therapeutic benefits. Therapeutic grade is not well regulated. These are generally used for massage, aroma or cosmetic use and have a low standard to pass to qualify.

Certified Pure Tested Grade (CPTG) is exclusive to doTERRA essential oils. Every batch must pass in-house and third party testing to guarantee that no foreign contaminants or fillers exist. This is a standard that far exceeds organic labeling requirements.

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