All About Melaleuca Essential Oil

The Leaves of the Melaleuca tree have been used by Aborigines for centuries. They would crush the leaves and inhale the oil to promote healthy respiratory response as well as rub it on the skin for wound care. (source)  Today, we are also blessed to have the gift of this oil available to us, used from the comfort of our own homes, rather than in a cave in the hot desert. 

Melaleuca (Also called Tea Tree) can be used in three ways:

Diffuse 2-3 drops for a few hours each day to purify the air.
Open the bottle and inhale to affect mood
Drop in the palms of the hand, rub together and cup over nose for healthy respiratory response

Can be used without dilution
Rub on fingernails and toenails for healthy, happy digits.
Use as a facial cleanser to improve appearance of skin.
Apply to skin or lips for occasional irritations

Add to a capsule or to water to support a healthy immune function.
Gargle and swallow to soothe occasional throat discomfort.
Not all essential oil brands can be used safely internally. Email me for suggestions. 

Here are 10 ways my friends use Melaleuca:

1. A great toilet cleaner. Click here to see the recipe.
2. I rub on the bottoms of feet for respiratory support.
3. Add it to water in sink to soak veggies and kill fungus.
4. I take it internally for digestive support--in a capsule is preferred unless you like the taste of Pine-sol.
5. I rub a drop around nose to clear sinuses.
6. I use it on my pierced ears to keep ear rings from bothering me.
7. It is my deodorant!
8. I use it for healthy, happy ears.
9. This stuff takes permanent marker off surfaces.
10. I dab a little on blemishes and pimples to reduce size and duration.

Bonus: Add a drop to 1/4 cup of baking soda, sprinkle the soda in shoes and let sit to leave them fresh.
*Note, none of those surveyed, nor the author are medical doctors. These ideas are ones that have worked for us with no ill effects. If any of this advice makes you uncomfortable, consult your physician.

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.


  1. Thanks for sharing what we can do with Melaleuca, also known as tea tree oil. I love having a handy list of uses!

  2. Thanks for sharing all these uses. I do use it in my homemade deodorant.

  3. Used it last night for a sore throat! Thanks for posting

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  6. I did not know it could help with canker sores. I have suffered from them since I was little and have been given all sorts of things to get rid of them which never actually work.

    1. My Son gets them worse than I do and he always asks for the melaleuca. He sees it work too! He is pretty brave to put it in his mouth, but doesn't complain.

  7. I use Tea Tree oil in my daily shower spray, which I actually just talked about in my organizing blog. I'm starting to go with more natural cleaning and healing methods and just found your blog. Thanks so much!
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