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How We Use Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Essential Oil

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Melaleuca Alternifolia

From Wikipedia:  Melaleuca alternifolia, commonly known as narrow-leaved paperbark, narrow-leaved tea-tree, narrow-leaved ti-tree, or snow-in-summer, is a species of tree or tall shrub in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. Endemic to Australia, it occurs in southeast Queensland and the north coast and adjacent ranges of New South Wales where it grows along streams and on swampy flats, and is often the dominant species where it occurs.

Melaleuca Essential Oil = Tea Tree Oil

Many people don’t realize that Melaleuca is Tea Tree Oil.  It is well known for its antiviral, antibacterial and antiseptic properties.  For that, and for its fresh, clean scent, Melaleuca is often featured in recipes for homemade cleaners.  What a great feeling to know you can clean your kitchen or bathroom naturally, without toxic chemicals, and be sure you’re getting rid of all those nasty unseen threats.  Plus make it smell nice!

Kitchen Cleaning Spray

In 16oz glass spray bottle, use 15 drops doTERRA On Guard, 15 drops Melaleuca and 15 drops Lemon or other citrus essential oil.  Fill with water.  Shake before each use.

(You can choose to make your Kitchen Cleaning Spray more or less concentrated by adjusting the number of drops of each essential oil.  Start low, and add until you’re happy!)


Toilet Cleaning Bombs


  1. Mix the baking soda and citric acid in a glass bowl. Be careful not to get it in your eyes or nose.
  2. Slowly mist the dry power with water, mixing as you go.  You want to barely wet the powder to get it to stick together in the mold.  Too much will cause fizzing .
  3. Add the essential oils and continue mixing.
  4. When done mixing, you’ll need to separate this mixture into single use sizes. You can either use a 1/2 – 1 tsp measure and place them on a piece of parchment paper until they dry, or use a silicon mold.
  5. To use, drop one or two Toilet Bombs in the toilet and allow to fizz.  When fizzing is finished, scrub as usual with toilet scrubber and flush.

For  Skin Issues

Melaleuca essential oil is amazing for various skin issues as well.  In our family, we use it topically for all kinds of rashes, itches, scratches…really, Melaleuca (often along with Lavender) is our first defense anytime we have something irritating going on with our skin.

Last summer, my son was playing outdoors (we live in a rural area) and found a caterpillar.  Not unusual, and it was a variety of caterpillar we had spent plenty of time playing with before.  But this time, he had a reaction to handling it.

As you can see from this picture, his hand was instantly red, rashy, bumpy, itchy…it was driving him crazy.  I immediately applied Melaleuca and Lavender essential oil.  Almost immediately, the itching and redness began to subside.  Two hours later when I went to check on his hand and reapply, he couldn’t remember which hand it was.  Honestly, I only knew because I remembered taking the first photo.  Amazing!

*Currently, we are using Melaleuca oil to rid one of our children of a long, on-going bout with Molluscum Contagiosum.  We’re spraying it (mixed with a little Frankincense and water) directly on the outbreak, and applying diluted Oregano to her spine for immune boosting.  This child has been fighting this for almost her whole life, and the outbreak is significant.  We began seeing results in just a week or two!  I will post an update here once we’ve finally beaten this thing!

Melaleuca Alternifolia
Melaleuca Alternifolia

Other Ideas for Use

Another thing we use Melaleuca for is pain or achiness in ears.  Now, you don’t want to put essential oils directly in ear canals.  But anytime my kids develop an ear ache, we rub it (diluted for the kids) behind their ears and down the jaw line.  Usually a few times will take care of it.

Melaleuca essential oil can be applied Neat (without dilution) on most people’s skin, but of course you will want to do a patch test first, especially if you have sensitive skin.  For kids, and those prone to sensitive skin issues, you’ll want to dilute it with a carrier.

Melaleuca Roller Bottle

In a 5mL roller bottle, put 10 drops Melaleuca essential oil and fill with a carrier oil (See my list of recommended carrier oils).

Itchy Feet Salve

In a small container with a tight lid, combine 10 drops Melaleuca essential oil with unrefined Coconut Oil (melt slightly to make it easier to stir).  Coconut oil has a melting temperature of only 76F, so when the weather is warm, you’ll want to make sure to store this in a cool place.

DIY Diaper Cream

Melaleuca pairs well with Lavender.  See my post here for a great DIY diaper cream recipe using these two essential oils.

Soothing Foot Soak

3-4 drops Melaleuca

3-4 drops Lavender

1/4 cup Epsom Salts

Use essential oils with caution around cats.
This guy could care less.

Essential Oils Around Cats ?

If you do a quick Google search, you’ll find lots of articles and blog posts about avoiding some essential oils, around cats.  We’ve never had a problem, but there is a lot of conflicting advice out there.  Do your research and make sure your pets have a way to leave the room when they want to.

For a reasonable, level-headed, professional resource, I recommend following Janet Roark on Facebook.  She is a licensed veterinarian, with a lot of experience with animals of all kinds, as well as doTERRA essential oils (the only ones I recommend).  She often does live Q&A videos, and offers free advice for her followers, as well as paid training classes.

Diffuser Blends

Citrus Fresh Diffuser Blend

3 drops Melaleuca

4 drops Lemon

2 drops Lime

Welcoming Diffuser Blend

2 drops Wild Orange

2 drops Cedarwood

2 drops Melaleuca

2 drops Lavender

Winter Boost Diffuser Blend

2 drops Bergamot

1 drop Clary Sage

2 drops Rosemary

3 drops Melaleuca

3 drops Thyme

Respiratory Kicker Diffuser Blend

2 drops Melaleuca

2 drops Lemon

2 drops Lavender

2 drop Peppermint

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