Tea Tree

Tea Tree

By Holly Draper, RA, CCAP


Why do people call Tea Tree essential oil by the wrong name?

You may have heard of Tea Tree essential oil being called ‘Melaleuca’. This is inaccurate and stems from lack of education in aromatherapy. Although this oil comes from the Melaleuca genus, there are many different species of plants and essential oils that come from this same genus. So to call one of these species by the genus name of Melaleuca is simply incorrect because you don’t know which ‘Melaleuca’ oil is being referred to. It is correct to call this oil by its common name Tea Tree, or by its full botanical name Melaleuca alternifolia.

Tea Tree is one of our most beloved, useful, and dependable essential oils. It is one of the two most important essential oils to have on hand in an emergency. One of the best disinfecting essential oils in the world, Tea Tree is also one of the most gentle oils and can be used on just about everyone and everything. The uses of 100% pure Tea Tree oil are endless.

The aborigines of Australia were the first to discover the healing properties of tea tree oil thousands of years ago. They treated cuts, burns, and skin infections by crushing the leaves of the tree and applying them to cuts and injuries. In the 1770s, the British explorer Captain Cook observed the native Australians brewing tea from the leaves. He then brewed tea of his own to give to his crew to prevent scurvy. He is the one who coined the name Tea Tree.

Purify Skin Therapy’s beautiful potent certified organic Tea Tree essential oil comes to us from Australia. Tea Tree is a part of the Melaleuca genus which has great antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties. Historically it has been used for disinfecting and wound healing, it is also a powerful immune stimulant. In the 1920s, Australian physicians began to use the oil to clean wounds and prevent infections after surgery. Average Australians then began to use the oil as a household remedy for skin conditions and fungus infections. During World War II, tea tree oil was included in the first-aid kits given to all Australian soldiers and sailors. According to the British Medical Journal in 1933 Tea Tree essential oil is a “powerful disinfectant, non-poisonous, and non-irritating”. Tea Tree is treasured as having unrivaled anti-infectious properties.

According to the British Medical Journal in 1933 Tea Tree essential oil is a “powerful disinfectant, non-poisonous, and non-irritating”

Tea Tree is treasured as having powerful anti-infectious properties and considered by many to be a powerful natural antiseptic.

Tea Tree has a drying effect on the skin, so be aware and use that to your advantage! It is a great, drying disinfecting oil useful for acne, or other infections that are pussy and you need to ‘dry’ up.

Tea Tree is also marvelous for all kinds of wounds. It’s used to:

  • Cell regenerator
  • Wound repairing
  • Knits wounds together
  • Cleansing for wounds
  • Disinfecting wounds
  • Desloughing
  • Pain relieving
  • Reduces inflammation

Tea Tree can also be used around the house for all kinds of things. It’s good for

Athlete’s foot, blisters, burns, dandruff, insect bites, warts. It is also one of the safest and most gentle cleaning essential oils, beneficial for naturally cleaning and disinfecting your home.

Tea Tree is one of my #1 essential oils for sore throats and if you have a powerful, potent, certified organic Tea Tree like ours, you can wipe those sore throats out quickly.

Tea Tree essential oil is good for several of your body systems:

It boosts and supports the Respiratory System and helps with sinus issues.

It’s a powerful immune stimulant and it’s one of the best lymphatic system stimulant essential oils, great to use with lymphatic massage and draining.

Tea Tree oil is also one of the most powerful deodorant essential oils. It’s a must have addition in homemade deodorants.

Tea Tree is also an effective bug repellent, insecticide, larvicide, parasiticidal, and is also good for those pesky bug bites if you do get bit.


If you’re going to use Tea Tree oil, you want to be sure you’re getting the cleanest and most potent oil so it actually does these things you think it will. Not all tea tree oils are very therapeutic, and some don’t work very well at all.

At Purify Skin Therapy, we can provide you with the highest quality USDA certified organic, premium grade Tea Tree essential oil. It is the most potent, powerful, and clean (USDA certified organic). Don’t use the cheap stuff – you won’t get results! Get the good stuff.



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