15 Ways You Can Use Melaleuca Today


Melaleuca (also known at Tea Tree Oil) is one of the most versatile essential oils that should be in every home! I think of Melaleuca as Frankincense’s not so pretty younger sister. She is just about as effective and utilitarian but her older sister outshines her all the time so we don’t get to see how amazing she is.


Here are just a few ways that you can begin to utilize Melaleuca in your everyday life. I have a bottle that stays in my bathroom, one in my oil case downstairs and a diluted roller in my medical bag. I seriously use Melaleuca every day. Enjoy!


  1. Sore Throat Relief - Place 1 drop of Melaleuca oil in a shot glass of warm water and gargle to relieve pain and inflammation and aid in fighting infection.

  2. Fight Fungal Infections - Melaleuca works amazingly on toenail fungus and ringworm  Place a drop on a q-tip and rub on the infected area.

  3. Fight Acne - Use Melaleuca on a cotton swab and wipe over acne twice a day

  4. Treat Bug Bites - Drop on a cotton swab and apply to itchy bug bites for soothing relief.

  5. Oral Care - To a cup of water add 10 drops of Melaleuca oil and soak retainers or mouth guards. Let soak overnight or during the day once a week to sanitize.

  6. Healthy Scalp - Add a drop of Melaleuca to your shampoo to help with dandruff and itchy dry scalp.

  7. Antiseptic - Melaleuca is fantastic for treating minor scrapes and burns. It kills germs without pain and should be a staple of wound care in your home.   

  8. Antibacterial - Melaleuca is shown to be antibacterial and is our goto when people are sick. My favorite use is to add to a cup of hot water and inhale the steam. This is particularly helpful when sinuses are infected.  

  9. Antiviral - I use Melaleuca in all of my hand sanitizer recipes because it is an effective antiviral agent. You can easily mix aloe vera, a little water and a few drops of Melaleuca and make your own highly effective hand sanitizer.

  10. Antimicrobial - Melaleuca is well known for its odor fighting properties. It is great to add to baking soda to deodorize carpets and shoes, add to the washing machine when it is stinky and to easily deodorize the disposal add a few drops to a half of a lemon rind and put it through!

  11. Mold Killer - Melaleuca is highly effective at killing mold. It works both topically when added to cleaning products and even when diffused to kill mold in the air.    

  12. Disinfect - Melaleuca is my favorite addition to my household cleaner recipe. As I mentioned it disinfects and is antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal so it works just as good as any commercial cleaner but without the harsh side effects. I mix Melaleuca with Lemon and Rosemary essential oils to make my favorite household cleaner.

  13. Treat Cold Sores - In a small jar add 1 drop of Melaleuca and 1 drop of Lavender essential oil to about 3 T of aloe vera gel. Mix thoroughly and apply to cold sores for relief and treatment of the virus.

  14. Kills Lice - Melaleuca has shown to be an effective, natural treatment for head lice.

  15. Treat Canker Sores - Melaleuca is highly effective at treating canker sores or ulcers in the mouth. It works very well when combined with warm salt water as an oral rinse a few times per day to relieve pain and inflammation. It will also aid in the healing of the ulcers.

Did you know???

Essential oils also have emotional properties that they encourage and discourage that can be very beneficial for our emotional well being.  I use the Emotions & Essential Oils Guide and highly recommend it if you are interested in this sort of thing. Here is just a snippet of the information contained within about Melaleuca:


I hope I have inspired you to use Melaleuca in your home daily. It is one of the most used oils in my home!