Tea Tree Oil: A Potent Natural Health Aid

Skin Tags

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Posted by N.M.T. (Somewhere hot, Florida USA) on 07/12/2007

Just wanted to note that I had a skin tag in my armpit for about two years and decided to put tea tree oil on it. I moderated soaked a cotton ball and did it two days in a row. The second day it turned black and a bit later with some coaxing, it fell off. That same week another popped up on my abdomen and I repeated the procedure and got the same exact results. There are no marks left behind, nothing!

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Posted by Sarah (Shizuoka, Japan) on 06/25/2010

I had a cut on my hand that I was putting tea tree oil on. I noticed however after 2-3 days that the really bad sweating on my hands had stopped!

I added 6 or so drops of tea tree oil to around 3T of olive oil and covered my hands in it before I went to sleep. The tea tree oil meant it was absorbed quickly, but you may want to alter the timing if you are concerned about the oil getting onto your sheets.

I did this for 2 nights then stopped and it was almost 2 weeks before I noticed the sweating was becoming a problem again. It didn't completely stop my palms from sweating but now I don't have to be nervous when I go to shake hands etc.

*the season has also just changed (spring>summer) so I don't know whether that also had some effect.

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Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 04/27/2014

Just wondering: on the Tea Tree Oil I have it says it has: terpinen-4-ol. Is that any "relation" to terpentine or pine oil?

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Posted by Khulthum (Chicago, IL) on 03/30/2009

Tea Tree Oil to Prevent Burns

My girlfriends and I, along with all our children, meet weekly in the evenings, at our community center. One evening, when tea was being served, one of the young children ran by and knocked the entire pot of tea all over one of the older girl's legs. She is 12 years old. The sight of that steaming tea all over that poor girl's legs was like a nightmare. It looked like her legs were going to be ruined.

She was rushed to the restroom, by her mother [my friend], and placed in the shower. My friend kept running cold water on her legs to relieve the pain. But she wouldn't stop wailing and her mother didn't know what to do.

I knew that tea tree oil was good for burns, and since I had some in my bag, I offered to apply some to her legs. I had to assure my friend, and especially her daughter, that it would definately be of some help. They did not even know what tea tree oil was, so they were hesitant. But clearly ANYTHING that could help would be welcome, because the girl was screaming uncontrolably at this point.

We took her out of the shower and dried her legs as best we could. Then, I put some oil in the palm of my hand, rubbed my hands together, and rubbed the oil on her legs. For a brief moment, everything was okay. But then she started screaming like you wouldn't believe, saying it was hurting her even more.

Admittedly, I was a little surprised myself, because I had not experienced a reaction like that before [neither from myself, nor from any of my children]. My friend was alarmed, and asked me if that was normal. I told her I had never seen that type of reaction, but that I thought it was because her legs were wet and her pores were open.

I asked her daughter to be patient and wait, and that it would soon get better. She tried her best to wait in out, but she was unable to bear the pain. At this point she was jumping up and down begging us to take it off of her.

I felt really bad because she was clearly in a lot of pain because of ME, but I didn't really know what to do because I thought that water would only push the oil deeper into her her skin. After briefly discussing it, my friend decided to try washing it off, because doing something was better than doing nothing.

After washing her legs off with soap, like a much welcome blessing from God, she stopped crying. 23 loooooooonng minutes, and she finally stopped crying! She said it still hurt a little, but that it felt much better.

My friend took her daughter home, and the next morning she called me to let me know that there was not a single mark on her daughter's legs. It was as if nothing had happened!

Replied by Lucky
(Somewhere, United States)

It is great for dandruff. Put a teaspoon in a bottle of 100ml of shampoo and after a few weeks your dandruff will be gone. Didn't see the warnings on here about not using it on cats and dogs, so I even put a dropperful in my dogs shampoo and her coat looked great. She had no side effects but read some comments stating that their pets did. Works great on humans tho.

Replied by Adrienne

Tea tree oils stings like mad. Causes me itchiness and redness. I will never use it again. Stop using on your little kids or if u have sensitive skin.... Now I dunno what to do.

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Adrienne, have you tried diluting it a lot? Also, there are multiple remedies to try if even diluting it doesn't help.

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Posted by Kathleen (Brisbane, Australia) on 01/03/2009

Living in Australia, tea tree is readily available at supermarkets etc, and is great for taking away the itch from flea, mosquito, midgee bites (and lots more). It works by 1. taking away the itch - anaesthetic; 2. healing the infected area (antiseptic), and repels the other bugs hat might come near you.

I dip a cotton bud into the oil (100%, or even the dilluted version) and rub it onto the bite, sometimes I reapply it, and before you know it - its gone!

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Posted by Suzi (Missoula, MT) on 08/05/2008

I have been reading much feedbackon this site regarding tea tree oil and placing a covering/bandaid over it to keep the oil in place and I am just baffled! When I place my oil on anything skin related, it just soaks into the location, no problem. In reading and research I have discovered that it is one of the properties of the oil that it readily absorbs...so I have never had it run or stay on the surface but stays put and QUICKLY goes to work sans bandaid, I love that about this wonderful healing oil!

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Posted by Sandie (Choctaw, Oklahoma) on 07/15/2008

I find that Tea Tree Oil is great for melting away WARTS ! I tried every cure from freezing to duct tape to cut it off with clippers. It always returned. I then tried Tea Tree oil. Would apply with qtip several times a day. I tried to put a bandaid on with the oil, but the oil would just melt the adheshive. In two weeks my wart was gone and never came back. Since then I have tried it on several relatives with the same great result. I am now trying on my sons acne and it seems to be working with no side effects or scaring.

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Posted by Terry (San Antonio, Texas) on 04/24/2007

I find tea tree oil to be extremely effective in all skin conditions, including pre-cancerous spots.

Replied by Jade.elephant
(Montclair, Va)

Tea tree oil also kills nail fungus and probably kills plantar warts on the bottom of feet. I was using it on toenails and it would run under my foot when I applied it. The plantar wart went away along with the nail fungus. Use the oil regularly on the nails until they grow out. You will see the nails gradually thin as the fungus dies and once it grows out, it's perfect.

Replied by Shellie
(Grass Valley, Ca)

I would love more information. I tried it for a few weeks then switched to apple cider vinegar. TTO seemed better. Maybe I quit too soon. Help!!

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Posted by Anna Maria (Guilford, CT) on 04/08/2007

Tea Tree Oil has helped me time and time again! I first tried it when I got my ear pierced and developed an infection that just wouldn't go away - nothing worked until someone suggested tea tree oil. It worked over night! I also use it for acne (just dab on with cotton swab) and any cuts, scraps or abrasions. It cuts healing time in half! My latest use was for an abcessed tooth that was opened by my dentist to drain the infection...a few days went by and it wasn't draining so I soaked a cotton swab in tea tree oil and held it on the infect tooth and gum. Woke up this morning and the swelling and pain is nearly gone. Just amazing stuff that has some many uses - I love it.

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Posted by Heather (Santa Clara, CA) on 04/03/2007

Starting when i was very young i would get terrible athletes foot, so bad i could barely walk. I found out that all the messy creams help for short term, but it comes back. My mom heard about tea tree oil, which dries out your skin, and it cleared it up within a week. every once in a while i use it even when i don't have athletes foot just to make sure i don't get it again. it also clears up pimples you dilute about 1 drop with 2 of water, you have to dilute it if you use it on your face and a little bit really goes a long way.

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Posted by Xavier (Phoenix, AZ) on 01/28/2007

Tea tree oil as i found out is a natural antiseptic for all sorts of things. I found out I had gingivitis and i need help with it because my gums would bleed like crazy. Well i Went to Sprouts one day and found a all natural antiseptic called Tea Tree Oil. it came in about a 10 dollar bottle. All you have to do is dab the infected area and by 3 days symptoms of gingivitis should clear up and you will no longer suffer from bleeding gums. NOTE* alot of stores these days say they sell all natural products which is a lie. The best place to find these items at is a Farmers market or a health food store.

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Posted by Diamond (Salisbury, Usa) on 08/31/2011

I found out recently there are two different types of tea tree oil, may be different brands. Beware that wal-mart is putting their own brand of tea tree oil out and I cannot tell the difference from the real ones by the labels but after opened; I dilute it with water and use for gargling also as a mouth wash but wal-marts feels/tastes differently and seems stronger.

Tea Tree Oil Warnings
Posted by Hazel (Rufus, Oregon) on 07/08/2008


Do not drink tea tree oil it is to be used on the skin only not internally. This is for people who want to get into natural remedies. Always ask a knowledgable homeopathic, naturopath, herbalist or health food store. They know their stuff. But never take anything without the proper knowledge -- you could do more harm than good.

Toxic to Cats and Dogs

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Posted by Lisa (San Francisco Ca) on 03/22/2016 11 posts


My dog had a terrible reaction from tea tree oil. I used 50-50 tea tree mixed with castor oil and applied it to my dog's paws to help them heal, and my dog almost immediately turned red all over his body and developed a fever of 104.2. I washed the stuff off of him immediately, but it really gave me a scare. It took an hour for me to get his fever back down and he was really suffering. So, I would say, you might not want to use this stuff on your pets!

Toxic to Cats and Dogs
Posted by Judith (Chicago, IL) on 12/02/2008


Tea Tree Oil is a known toxin for cats. Do NOT use tea tree ever on cats. I have heard this many times including once from an essential oil expert. Essential oils in general can be very dangerous to use on cats. Please check out this link to a company that sells tea tree oil products and even warns on the site that it is toxic to cats. http://www.tea-tree-oil-use.com/pets.htm

Replied by Eunice
(Gold Coast, Australia)

Sounds to me like the symptoms are from the tick bite.

Replied by Raffia
(Texas, US)

Pennyroyal also is toxic, at least to some cats. I used an herbal flea powder that contained Pennyroyal and my cat started foaming at the mouth. Then I read that some cats have a bad reaction to it.

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