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Tea Tree Oil for Nasal Polyps

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Tea tree essential oil is an effective natural treatment for sinus polyps. Tea tree is one of the more gentle essential oils and can be used topically without diluting, but it is not recommended when using this oil for nasal polyps or other sensitive areas of the body. Using straight tea tree oil in the nasal cavity can cause side effects and is not recommended. While it is a more gentle essential oil, all essential oils are very concentrated.

How to Use Tea Tree Oil for Sinus Polyps

Tea Tree and a Carrier Oil

First, you must find a carrier oil to mix with your tea tree oil. Olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil and castor oil are all good choices. Since castor oil can shrink growths, it may be the best choice because you will end up with two remedies in one application.

Mix one teaspoon of your carrier oil with 5 drops of tea tree essential oil. If you mix this in a dropper bottle, it will be easy to apply the remedy, even to nasal polyps that you cannot see or access with a q-tip. On you back, tilt your head back and drop a drop or two of the oil mixture into each nostril. This can be done once or twice a day. If this mixture seems too strong for you, add more of your carrier oil.

If your nasal polyp can be easily reached with a q-tip, you can put this oil on a q-tip and apply directly to the polyp.

Tea Tree in a Nasal Sprayer

You can buy an empty nasal spray bottle, or recycle an old one after cleaning it out well. Mix together the following:

  • 1 ounce distilled water
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 drop tea tree essential oil

Shake your bottle before using it each time. If it feels too strong, add more water.

Side Effects of Tea Tree Oil for Nasal Polyps

Tea tree essential oil may cause your nose to run. It may also burn or sting. At first, the polyp may swell before it begins to shrink. Continue reading to learn what our readers have found when using tea tree oil for nasal polyps and specific tips on how to use this remedy.

Have you tried tea tree oil for polyps? Please let us know how it worked for you!

26 User Reviews

Posted by Rumyana (Germany) on 01/20/2018
0 out of 5 stars

Hello, I´ve been using tea tree oil on a q-tip for 3 days already to treat my nasal polyps. Since the second day I got a white layer over the bigger polyp. I don´t know if this is good or bad. I searched a lot in Internet but I couldn´t find any report about this effect of the tea tree oil on polyps. Could someone please tell me if you had a similar experience and what was the end result if you had a white layer on the polyps after tea tree oil?

Replied by Ellie
Santa Barbara

Can I use this remedy for my child who is 3 years old?

Is it safe though?

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Ellie,

Perhaps try the castor oil alone first? Then consider very diluted tea tree if that is not effective.

Vitamin c and Nettle tea internally are two things I would consider for boosting the immune system and perhaps helping reduce the polyps.

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Harsharan Singh Datta (India) on 01/07/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I am using Tea Tree Oil for last 20 days. I started using for Polyps reduction and removal through shrinking and eventually dropping off. when I started I diluted using coconut oil. But now I apply TTO directly 10 drops in each nostril three times a day. one day a one inch long destructed probably polyp came out in part. This reinforces that the process is going on. I get yellowish nasal waste every second day indicating something is getting cleared. My smell senses have also increased immediately after the usage which was zero earlier. Now I have also started Ayurvedic Support Medicine which is also very very helpful. This is a proprietory medicine for respiratory and asthamatic disorders.

TTO oil is good for polyps as of now.

Replied by Aman J.
Gujarat, India

I am also using TTO for treating nasal polyps. But I am apprehensive about its toxicity as it is slightly swallowed through nose. I have read that TTO is poisonous even if consumed in small amount. Please clarify.

Posted by Robert (Nottinghamshire, Uk) on 12/23/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I used Neilmed sinus rinse with five or ten drops of tea tree oil. The results were good with polyps dislodging and cleared my breathing. I have now stopped temporarily as the rinse started to reach my ear canal. Although this was very effective, I am going to try an oil droplet mix next after at least a one month break, possibly three months.

Replied by Brian

Robert. Do you have any updates to share? Were you able to get rid of your polyps or did they return? Thank you

Posted by Anonymous (New Delhi, India) on 12/21/2017
4 out of 5 stars

Nasal Polyps

I tried Tea Tree Oil with carrier Coconut Oil for my nasal problem. I had lost sense and could not smell for long time. I tried TTO 5 drops with COO 10 drops and I regained smell and fragrances recognition within 24 hours onwards. My nasal polyps are very large and have tried TTO & COO for last 3 days.

I have to wait to tell my experience regarding shedding and reduction of my nasal polyps.

Replied by Aryanto

My name is Aryanto. I have been also struggling with thia nasal polyps. Would you please share with me what kind of TTO I have to get? Because there are a lot of TTO in the market for different application. Appreciate your response.

Replied by Harsharn
New Delhi, India

Use any pure coconut oil without any additives. First try double drops of coconut oil drops count with tea tree oil. slowly you may change the ratio as per your comfort level. I am following this line.

Posted by Frank T (London) on 09/05/2017
1 out of 5 stars

I have been using a castor oil carrier with tea tree oil 10ml to 10 drops twice a day for a month now, I haven't noticed any improvement in fact it seems slightly worse but this may be the progression of the condition. I have also tried adding ACV to the Neil Med nasal rinse without any improvement but did not persevere with this as I found it unpleasant and seemed to irritate the polyps making them worse.

I'm getting a bit desperate now as I have tried the usual steroid nasal sprays etc, a salicylate free diet, Chinese herbs, Enhanced oxygen therapy, Salt caves, TTO, and ACV. I have been diagnosed with Samters Triad which seems to have been brought on by a three week visit to China four years ago where I stayed in a very polluted part of the country.

I think my immune system is still fighting the pollution I experienced in China rather than me having a sinus infection.

I suppose my next course of action will be to try gluten free, dairy free and low/no sugar diets.

Does anyone have any suggestions.

Replied by Charity
Faithville, Usa

Read the apple cider vinegar posts on this page:

Replied by Victoria

I think tea tree oil is too strong esp inside a nose . What we should strive for is to administer natural remedies that are effective without causing great discomfort to yourself .
I should change your strategy to using turmeric powder . Turmeric is known for centuries for its many beneficial uses. Mix with water to make paste and insert it onto the trouble spot!!!! continue every day 3 times...see what happen .
It should dry up and don't peel the scab!!!! let it heal!!.
Stop blowing too hard!!!.
If possible....draw all phlegm to the back of the throat and cough it out!!!!.
Good luck!!!!.

Replied by Grannie Gerti
Louisville, Kentucky

Try some fresh root turmeric, ginger and lemon juice steep in tea cup and drink twice daily...

Good Luck!

Replied by Dawn K.

i have samters also and haven't been able to smell anything. Let me know if you find a way to smell again. Also why do you think the salicylate free diet didn't work? I thought that was the main cause of the symptoms?

Replied by Reuven

Get ozone therapy, it can do so much for you with the right person giving it.

Posted by Jordan (Indiana) on 08/01/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I applied tea tree oil directly to the nose polyp via Q-tip and it went away three days later with no hassle. I tried Heavy doses of garlic with no success and antibiotics which worked till it stopped working and this worked the fastest!

I had the polyp for four years.

Posted by Amanda (Toronto, Canada) on 03/04/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar treatment for nose polyps

For 6 days now I have been administering tea tree oil mixed with olive oil to my husbands nostrils with ear buds. Twice a day. Two wipes per nostril as high as it is comfortable for him. They have shrunk and have receded much further up his nose. I can barely see them now. More importantly his passages are both clear and he can breathe.

He has also been taking some generic allergy tablets...two in am and two in pm. He has also been drinking apple cider vinegar every evening...a small shot glass.

Posted by Jungleplant (Lodi, Cal) on 10/16/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Tea Tree oil oh ya

Did the q-tip with 50/50 WATER/Tea Tree Oil - stuck them in all the way so the other end was just popping out of both sides for 30 min. And wow after dealing with this for 3 years it cleared up, now I am gonna do prednisone to open it all up so I can get up to the top so I can smell again an start rinsing the rest out. Great group on here.

Replied by Ron P

I would not use prednisone if they have already shrunk so that you can breathe - it is only for short-term use and has some nasty side effects. I would do a nasal rinse with Tea Tree Oil to reach farther and it should help to finish the polyps. Then I would just continue to use a nasal rinse once a day to keep them away.

Posted by Prasanth (India) on 08/08/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Hi All,

This is Prasanth from India. First of all I would like to thanks a ton for this website who actually founded it. This is Miracle website which cures ailments.

Coming to me, I was a great suffer for sinusitis due to nasal polyps which is visble. I am afraid of surgergies so when searching for natural remedies I found this website by god's grace. wow. It was horrible yesterday, miraculously seeing some improvement after following below steps:

Day 1:

Mixed 5 drops of tea tree oil into one spoon of Caster Oil (hexanne free) one and had put it into both nostrils two drops each. (instead of qtip ) Initially scared to put tea tree oil, but how ever my suffering with nasal polops gave me force to use it. I have used it.

It is not much strong so to cause sting..I have added more caster oil for safeside.

Next thing I have done is, nasal rinse(water+ saline powder + two drops of tea tree oil into it) and then used this as Rinse solution. It clease most of bad stuff inside. I see little blood it it..

Day 2:

I have now added a 1/4th of spoon of ACV (Apple cider venigar) into my nasal rinse solution(water+sinusair saline powder+1/4th spoon of acv) and then did the nasal irrigation...

wow this combination seems to be very well than tea tree oil combination.. It did not sting much..

To my amazement, I noticed my nasal polyp shrunk noticeably than yesterday....

WOW god bless this website and who found this solution...It seems to be working, I am going to update this post I am going to try this solution contineously..

I really thank this website, I hate of surgeries and fear of it, some how Tea Tree oil and ACV comes to rescue...

Replied by Raj
16 posts

Hi Prasanth!

Its Raj from Dubai. Hope all well

Saw ur post now, plz can u share the quantity of how.much water you used to make the nasal rinse soln? Thanks


approx 225 ml of water

Replied by Sushma
Hyderabad, India

Hi Prasanth,

We are from India .my husband suffering from nasal polyps for last 3 years .2 yrs after the surgery, it reoccurred once again.after seeing your post we are happy to know that there is a cure for polyps removal naturally.kindly suggest

1. can we buy tea tree oil from online(Amazon)?

2. which brand of tto should be purchased.?

3. after removal of polyps using tto, how long we have to use this procedure so that it is cured permanently

thank you.

Hyderabad India

Hi Sushma,

Glad to hear that you are too from Hyderabad, Me to from same place :)

I bought it from amazon. Not any particular brand, I went for TTO which has good user comments and rating.

Regarding other question: How long...hmm my personal answer is till polyps disappear. Actually I used to do nasal irrigation for long time. so Just added few drops of TTO into solution as I written. But be careful, dont add too much because it stings. TTO is generally not for internal use they say external use only. You can Qtip method 3 drops of TTO mixed with spoon of olive oil or castor oil(castor oil should be hexane free) and using qtip just massage the solution over polyp if its really visible. If not visible, then saline irrigation would be right choice. Hope this helps.

Replied by Prasanth
Hyderabad India

Hi Sushma,

Glad to hear that you are too from Hyderabad, Me to from same place :)

I bought it from amazon. Not any particular brand, I went for TTO which has good user comments and rating.

Regarding other question: How long...hmm my personal answer is till polyps disappear. Actually I used to do nasal irrigation for long time. so Just added few drops of TTO into solution as I written. But be careful, dont add too much because it stings. TTO is generally not for internal use they say external use only. You can Qtip method 3 drops of TTO mixed with spoon of olive oil or castor oil(castor oil should be hexane free) and using qtip just massage the solution over polyp if its really visible. If not visible, then saline irrigation would be right choice. Hope this helps.

Replied by Anna M.

I bought castor oil usp (stimulant laxative). Is this okay to use for nasal polyps?

Replied by Prasanth
Hyderabad India

As far I know, you need to select good castor oil which is hexane free. That will be good. You can also use coconut oil as carrier oil

Posted by Cedric Low (Malaysia ) on 07/31/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I have nasal polyps since 2014 as diagnosed by ENT doctor, a surgery is the only solution according to the doctor. Since then I try to find every possible solutions besides surgery as he told me it will grow back again after the surgery, and no guarantee it will cure them forever and need to use nasal steriods for the rest of my life. I cant smell anything for like years, good food, followers etc. I am so fade up, try every possible solutions besides surgery but it did not cure, my polyps grew even bigger almost pop out from my nostril! I am so fade up! Thank god I found out this website, the solutions given here by using Tea Tree oil and castor oil really helps! After using it for a month my nasal polyps shrink and bring my smell back!

What I do everyday are:

1. Using Sinus rinse 4 times daily mixed with 2 drops of Tea Tree essential oil every wash.
2. Using Qtip (each nostril once) to apply tea tree oil which I mixed with Castor oil as carrier oil (10 tea tree oil + 1 table spoon of castor oil, put it in small container so I can use it for many times), 2 times daily.
3. 1 teaspoon of castor oil everyday
4. Apply Aloe (4 drops each nostril) after rinse my nose, 2 times daily.
5. Wear mask when go out or in kitchen to keep away the allergen (as my case is Mold Allergy/alternaria)
6. Sleep early everyday between 10pm - 11pm to let my body fix and heal itself.
7. Exercise half to 1 hour daily and make sure to sweat everyday, drink a lot of water to replenish my body fluid.

I am so happy today, after years of struggle and fighting for sinus problem and cant smell anything for years, finally I am able to smell the aroma of coffee and my surrounding! It felt so wonderful after years of suffered and it finally heal and getting better day after day! Im so grateful, even though I still cant breath normally using my nose as the polyps still there, but they are getting smaller, and I believed one day it will cure by itself and I can breath like a normal person. I also read the book Secret by Rhonda Byrne and apply the technique to believe my nasal polyps can be healed one day and let the universe do the work. Thanks again and people here to share their experience. I hope who suffered nasal polyps benefited from my experience. All the best!

Replied by Ann
5 out of 5 stars

I have been using the castor oil and tea tree recipe for about a month. I was previously at my ear nose and throat Dr. last week and I was worried how it would go, to my surprise and the Doctor's, it went better than I thought. In July my polyps were extensive and now at the end of September my left side he could barely find them! I've been fighting these for years and been on every Nasal spray and now I'm not!

Replied by David
United Kingdom

Hi Ann,

I am wondering how you administered the castor oil / tea tree oil solution? Did you use the the q tip method or did you take it as drops? I am thinking of doing this as my polyps are getting worse.

Great site BTW