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Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca as it is largely derived from Melaleuca alternifolia, a plant indigenous to Australia, has strong antiseptic qualities. It has a long history of usage by Aboriginal Australians as a treatment for cuts and wounds. Tea tree oil is used on its own, and also as one of several ingredients in many skincare products. Additional uses for tea tree oil are as follows: athlete’s foot, acne, lice, nail fungus, insect bites, as a cleaning agent for household chores, and much more.

Some Possible Uses of Tea Tree Oil:

  • Chickenpox
  • Acne
  • Boils from Staph Infections
  • Cold Sores
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Head Lice
  • Dry Cuticles
  • Congestion
  • Respiratory Tract Infections
  • Earaches
  • Fungal Infections (Candida, athlete’s foot, jock itch, and toenail fungus)
  • MRSA
  • Psoriasis
  • Sores
  • Itchy Insect Bites
  • Sunburns

Other Household Uses:

  • Foot Order Remover
  • Anti-Microbial Laundry Freshener
  • Natural Deodorant
  • Acne Face Wash
  • Mold Remover
  • General Household Cleaning
  • Insect Repellent


As tea tree oil has such a wide variety of uses from medical to household, the specific directions for use are varied. If using tea tree oil for a common household use, refer to the product instructions for usage.

If you are planning to use tea tree oil for a medical use as a treatment for any medical condition, do not use tea tree oil until you have first consulted with your doctor and he or she has given you the medical clearance to use tea tree oil for your treatment, and specific instructions for usage. You may always consult with your compounding pharmacist if you have questions.


While tea tree oil is commonly used by many with ease, side effects could be experienced by anyone who uses it. Unfortunately, there is no way to know what side effects, if any, you may experience before you begin using tea tree oil. As with any drug, medication, or supplement, see your doctor anytime you experience any side effect that lingers or worsens, or seems to be growing in intensity. Common side effects seen with tea tree oil are:


  • Skin Irritation
  • Swelling

Specific to Acne:

  • Skin Dryness
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Stinging

WARNING: Tea tree oil usage in combination with lavender oil usage may, in some cases, cause a hormonal shift. Talk to your doctor about this before using.

SPECIAL WARNING: Tea tree oil is NOT for internal use.

Severe Side Effects Overview:

Some users may unfortunately experience severe side effects that demand prompt medical attention. If you experience anything that feels severe, see your doctor immediately, or seek medical attention at a healthcare facility right away. Some of the more common severe side effects are listed below for your convenience. Please note however that this list is not in any way comprehensive and you could experience a severe side effect not listed herein. Ask your doctor to explain the risks and potential severe side effects of tea tree oil usage.

  • Ear Damage
  • Hormonal Issues
  • Depression


Any drug, medication, or supplement could possibly be contraindicated for anyone depending on various and numerous factors. Only your doctor should decide if the use of tea tree oil will be safe, or effective, for your use. See your doctor for a consultation before using tea tree oil.

Tea tree oil is possibly contraindicated for many conditions, situations, diseases, and interactions. Consult with your doctor for more information on all the possible contraindications that could be relevant to you.

Tea tree oil is NOT for internal use.

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