Commonly known as Tea Tree oil, Melaleuca is used in a variety of commercially produced hair and skin care products because of its anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. In World War II melaleuca was considered essential to every Australian soldier’s first aid kit. This oil was used to treat wounds!
How We Use Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Oil
For ear aches – When the kids or I have an ear ache I rub a drop of this oil behind our ears. Within an hour we feel much better. I’m still not sure what the oil is doing, but I’d heard somewhere that it helped and we’ve experienced it for ourselves many times, so we’ll keep using it!
Natural Hair Care – I make my own natural hair care products. I love my natural hair regimen, but it didn’t take long before I realized that sleeping on wet hair could result in an itchy, smelly scalp come morning. Seriously, it smelled musty. I know tea tree oil was commonly used in hair care products and I had first-hand experience with it treating fungal issues, so I decided to give it a try in my vinegar hair rinse. Problem solved.
Anti-fungal for Impetigo – This may not be an advertised benefit of this oil and it may not work for everyone, but when I was a kid, my mom would put tea tree oil on me and my siblings when we came down with ring worm or impetigo. It always worked for us. When my son recently had impetigo I decided to try the melaleuca on his and sure enough, all dried up in a couple of days!
First-aid – This is one oil I keep multiple bottles of all over my house for easy access. It’s also an ingredient in the owie spray I’ve made for the kids. I treat small cuts and scrapes with this oil to help kill contaminants and then I apply frankincense to help speed up the healing.
More Common Uses for Melaleuca Oil
- Diffusing Melaleuca to help purify and freshen the air.
- Apply 1–2 drops of Melaleuca essential oil on occasional skin irritations
- 1–2 drops added to water, citrus drinks, or veggie caps may enhance immunity.
- You can add 1–2 drops to your facial cleanser or moisturizer for added cleansing properties, or apply to
skin after shaving to prevent razor burn.
- Try applying to fingernails and toenails after showering to purify and strengthen nails.
- Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use on surfaces to protect against environmental threats.
Use Tea Tree Oil with Caution
Melaleuca is pretty strong stuff. Kids with really sensitive skin may need to have the oil diluted before application. Simply mix a drop or two with half a tsp of oil (we use coconut) and apply. You’ll also want to keep this oil (and any others!) away from your eyes and inner ears because it can really burn!