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Tea Tree Oil

Medical and Pharmacy Editor:

Brand Name: Australian Tea Tree oil, Cymeme, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Melaleuca Oil, Oil of Melaleuca

Generic Name: tea tree oil

Drug Class: Dermatology, Herbals

What Is Tea Tree Oil and How Does It Work?

Tea tree oil is an herbal preparation used to treat acne, athlete's foot, ear infections, insect bites/stings, lice, local antiseptic, onychomycosis, ringworm, scabies, and skin surface infections.

Tea tree oil is available under the following different brand and other names: Australian tea tree oil, cymeme, melaleuca alternifolia, Melaleuca oil, and oil of melaleuca.

Tea tree oil is possibly effective for acne, fungal skin infections, and onychomycosis.

Dosages of Tea Tree Oil


  • Apply 5% gel topically daily


  • Apply 100% solution topically twice daily for 6 months

Tinea pedis

  • Apply 10% cream topically twice daily for 1 month OR
  • 25-50% solution applied twice daily for 1 month

Dosage Considerations -- Should Be Given As Follows:

There are no dosage considerations for the use of tea tree oil.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/28/2017

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