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While many articles warn of the dangers associated with ingesting tea tree essential oil, the remedy was recommended by a friend whose opinion I respect. I delved into the research closely before forming my opinion. This article shares with you why I believe the internal use of tea tree essential oil is a valuable anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and first aid tool. We’ll talk about the risks, the benefits, how to use tea tree oil internally and in what health situations tea tree oil may be a more useful remedy than other alternatives, such as antibiotics.
Ultimately each of us must decide what we feel is safe. Use your own discretion.
Introduction to Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree essential oil is derived from the plant Melaleuca alternifolia. Tea tree is most commonly used externally, against human pathogens on the skin, due to its antimicrobial properties.
While often used topically, one group of scientists wanted to know if tea tree essential oil was toxic to human cells. A 2014 study looked at the possible destructive effect of tea tree oil (TTO) on a cell’s genetic material. They were asking the question, “Is tea tree genotoxic to human cells?” (source)
Their conclusion was, “TTO … is not genotoxic in in vitro mammalian cells.” No significant differences were observed between the mammalian cells exposed to TTO in petri dishes and the negative control cells. (source)
If the 2014 study showed TTO to be harmless in in vitro human cells, what risks are associated with the internal use of TTO? Many sites say that TTO is poisonous and should not be ingested.
In fact, all essential oils should be handled with extreme care and kept out of reach of children.
Interestingly, all cases of tea tree oil’s toxicity are linked to misuse, for example when a child drinks the concentrated herbal medicine instead of 1-2 drops being encapsulated for and by an adult and used in the proper way with a carrier oil or base fat (which I discuss more below).
Here are the known cases of TTO’s toxicity in humans:
- A 4-year-old boy ingested a “small quantity” of tea tree oil and within 30 minutes became ataxic and progressed to unresponsiveness. The child gradually improved over 10 hours. (source)
- A 17-month-old male child developed ataxia and drowsiness following ingestion of less than 10 mL tea tree oil. (source)
- A 23-month-old boy became confused and was unable to walk 30 minutes after ingesting less than 10 mL of a commercial product containing 100% melaleuca oil. Five hours following ingestion the child was asymptomatic. (source)
- A man aged 60 swallowed about half a teaspoonful of tea tree oil and had a dramatic rash accompanied by leukocytosis (an increase in the number of white cells in the blood). (source)
- One person lapsed into a coma for 12 hours after ingesting half a cup of pure tea tree oil and suffered disturbances of consciousness for another 36 hours. (source)
When sites warn about the topical use of tea tree oil, the warning is based on a 2007 occurrence:
- In 2007, 3 boys exhibited prepubescent tender breast buds after using products containing either lavender or tea tree essential oils. The two oils were blamed for having estrogenic and antiandrogenic activities. (source)
As several practitioners have pointed out in regard to the 2007 cases, there are many other variables that are not being considered (the products’ other ingredients, diet, environmental triggers, medicines, etc.). Essential oil developer and expert Robert Tisserand states, “Lavender [and tea tree] oil does not mimic estrogen nor does it enhance the body’s own estrogens.” (source)
Tea tree oil can cause dermal irritation in sensitive individuals. Proper use of essential oils is important to reduce the risk of skin irritation and sensitization. Learn more about essential oil safety here.
There are no oral repeat dose toxicity studies available for TTO. The only cases of TTO toxicity correspond with inappropriate use of TTO and overdose. (source) (However, as you’ll see below, history has shown and several studies have been done using TTO internally with positive results.)
Additional considerations and safety recommendations — A suspected carcinogenic substance contained in TTO, methyl eugenol, should not exceed 200 ppm (or 0.02%) as a minor constituent of TTO, and the content should be indicated in the ingredient list. Choose a trustworthy essential oil company. TTO use should be short term only, due to its methyl eugenol content. To reduce the formation of oxidation in products containing TTO, due to aged or improperly stored oil with a much higher sensitizing potential than the pure unmodified oil, seek out glass bottles that minimize exposure to light. In young children, accidental ingestion of small amounts of tea tree oil has produced confusion, ataxia, and drowsiness. TTO products should be labeled with a warning text such as, “Keep out of reach of children”. (source)
Background of Tea Tree Oil
Melaleuca alternifolia comes from Australia. Australian soldiers brought it with them as they fought in WWII. The soldiers drank a strong infusion of tea tree and used it externally for first aid needs. Westerners loved the ancient remedy, but it was soon overshadowed by the introduction of antibiotics and forgotten. Now antibiotic resistant “superbugs” are turning the tables once again. With the need for natural antibiotics, we may turn to tea tree oil. (source)
Internal and External Benefits: Antibacterial & Antibiotic Alternative
In February of 2018, the World Health Organization announced the horrifying truth,
New resistance mechanisms are emerging and spreading globally, threatening our ability to treat common infectious diseases, resulting in prolonged illness, disability, and death …
WHO continues, “Antimicrobial resistance occurs naturally over time, usually through genetic changes. However, the misuse and overuse of antimicrobials is accelerating this process. In many places, antibiotics are overused and misused in people and animals, and often given without professional oversight. Examples of misuse include when they are taken by people with viral infections like colds and flu, and when they are given as growth promoters in animals or used to prevent diseases in healthy animals.
Antimicrobial resistant-microbes are found in people, animals, food, and the environment (in water, soil and air).
… Resistance in Klebsiella pneumoniae – common intestinal bacteria that can cause life-threatening infections – to a last resort treatment (carbapenem antibiotics) has spread to all regions of the world. K. pneumoniae is a major cause of hospital-acquired infections such as pneumonia, bloodstream infections, and infections in newborns and intensive-care unit patients. In some countries, because of resistance, carbapenem antibiotics do not work in more than half of people treated for K. pneumoniae infections.
Resistance in E. coli to one of the most widely used medicines for the treatment of urinary tract infections (fluoroquinolone antibiotics) is very widespread. There are countries in many parts of the world where this treatment is now ineffective in more than half of patients …” (source)
What does all of this mean to us individually and on a global level? Infections are harder or sometimes impossible to control. We must look elsewhere for our solutions. Even the White House’s 2015 Action Plan For Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria includes a recommendation to turn to essential oils. (source)
Tea tree presents a history of centuries of use, safety and efficacy. Over 300 studies have proven TTO’s antimicrobial benefits. (source)
A 2013 Phytomedicine study showed tea tree oil can be taken internally, safely, alongside antibiotics (the goal of the study was to reduce antibiotic resistance by using antibiotics synergistically with various essential oils).
A 2016 study showed TTO to be fully effective against Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus sobrinus, Streptococcus mutans, and Escherichia coli. (source) In this study, essential oils from two tea tree species, kanuka and manuka, were evaluated for internal use in treating diseases and inflammation caused by microorganism infection. This study concluded,
… the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects of the oils were obtained without adversely affecting the immune system … These results indicate that the potent antimicroorganism and anti-inflammation properties of kanuka and manuka essential oils make them strong candidates for use in treating infections and immune-related disease. The data confirm the potential use of kanuka and manuka extracts as pharmaceutical antibiotics, medical cosmetology agents, and food supplements. (source)
While antibiotics reduce immunity over time by destroying beneficial gut flora, weaken the body and make it susceptible to new infections, tea tree oil has shown itself benign amidst human cells while killing infectious microorganisms and reducing inflammation. As mentioned above, tea tree oil must be used responsibly and, like all medicines, below the cytotoxic dose.
Tea Tree Oil presents a natural alternative to antibiotics and a cost affordable solution to growing health concerns.
According to Eric Zielinski, DC (Dr. Z), TTO can be used as a natural remedy for conditions such as:
- Bacterial infections
- Cold sores
- Congestion and respiratory tract infections
- Fungal infections
- Head lice
- Dry cuticles
- Insect bites, sores and sunburns
- Boils from staph infections
Tea tree may also be used in the cosmetic industry and for general home uses, like make-up removal, laundry and deodorizing. (source) I also use tea tree oil to clean my dry brush.
We recently used tea tree oil for a loved one with chronic bronchitis, which is why it was originally recommended to me. TTO was used alongside oregano oil and colloidal silver after four rounds of antibiotics had been unsuccessful at reducing symptoms. After one week of tea tree, oregano and silver use, the patient was asymptomatic and thriving.
In fact, tea tree oil’s antiviral properties are promising and exciting. TTO has proven antiviral effects against influenza A⁄PR⁄8 virus subtype H1N1: “It has been found that TTO had an inhibitory effect on influenza virus replication at doses below the cytotoxic dose.” (source) TTO has also been found to reduce herpes simplex viruses. (source)
The aboriginal people of Australia used tea tree oil for its antifungal properties. Since that time, many studies have shown TTO’s efficacy against C. albicans and non-albicans Candida species. Interestingly, these studies showed the anti-fungal activity against pathogenic yeasts resistant to fluconazole and/or itraconazole. For treatment of vaginal yeast infection, this study concluded, “… the infection was resolved in 3 weeks by TTO, whereas all other animals, either untreated or fluconazole-treated, were still infected at the end of the 3 week period.” (source) Another study identified that most components of TTO have activity against a range of fungi. (source)
Update: An article released in April of 2019, just after the publication of this post, revealed a new fungal superbug, Candida Auris: “A deadly, drug-resistant fungus is infecting patients in hospitals and nursing homes around the world. The fungus seems to have emerged in several locations at once, not from a single source … The symptoms — fever, aches and fatigue — are seemingly ordinary, but when a person gets infected, particularly someone already unhealthy, such commonplace symptoms can be fatal.” Why is this happening? The article tells us that fungicides, “have created an environment so hostile that the fungi are evolving, with resistant strains surviving.” (source)
Speaking for myself, I take great comfort knowing about the powerful antifungal effects of tea tree oil. Because so many of these outbreaks are happening in hospitals around the world, I would use tea tree oil prophylactically (as a method of prevention) if I or a family member had to be hospitalized. The fatality rate is high with this newly discovered superbug, and hospital workers themselves are scared of C. Auris. The article warns, “Scientists say that unless more effective new medicines are developed and unnecessary use of antimicrobial drugs is sharply curbed, risk will spread to healthier populations. A study the British government funded projects that if policies are not put in place to slow the rise of drug resistance, 10 million people could die worldwide of all such infections in 2050, eclipsing the eight million expected to die that year from cancer.”
Tea tree oil has shown anti-cancer benefits. Both TTO and its main active component terpinen-4-ol , “were able to impair the growth of human M14 melanoma cells and appear to be more effective on their resistant variants.” (source) Another study showed Terpinen-4-ol contains antiproliferative and antitumor effects on human lung cancer cells. (source)
A 2005 study showed the antihistamine effects of TTO within ten minutes of dermal application. (source) (I’m personally curious about the implications this may have on internal histamine-induced skin inflammation and gut dysbiosis related to histamine intolerance.)
How to Take Tea Tree Oil Internally, Safely
When essential oils are used externally, a carrier oil is used to dilute the oil, but also to help the oil penetrate into blood circulation and prevent evaporation. (source) The medium oil also protects the skin from the oil’s strong phytochemicals, spreads out the healing, concentrated remedy and helps it to absorb more gently and broadly. When taken internally, the same concepts apply. Tea tree oil needs to be consumed with a healthy, traditional fat:
- 1 to 2 drops of TTO can be placed into a gelatin capsule (to protect the esophagus) and swallowed with a high fat beverage (such as a fat-fortified smoothie, heavy cream, coconut milk etc.), accompanied by a spoonful (2 to 3 teaspoons) of grass-fed butter or coconut oil to protect epithelial cells that line the gut and aid in TTO’s absorption into the blood stream.
- For more extreme infections: I have used 6 drops daily (3 drops in the morning and 3 drops in the evening — encapsulated and taken with heavy cream) for a kidney infection. This worked well for me, was gentle and effective. I did consult my doctor first, so please use caution, care and always take with fat.
- Consider using TTO externally first, diluted with a carrier oil, to check for sensitivity.
TTO can also be taken with goldenseal and raw garlic (crush or mince, then allow to sit out for ten minutes before swallowing with water) for extra herbal power.
The consumption of essential oils (EOs) in general is controversial. Aromatherapists often advise against the use of EOs internally based on their concern that lay people may not be educated enough to use EOs safely. But the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy officially says, “…essential oils may be applied on the skin, inhaled, diffused or taken internally. Each of these methods have safety issues which need to be considered.” (source) Robert Tisserand condones the internal use of 1 to 2 drops of essential oil used daily for medicinal or culinary purposes. (source) Certainly when in doubt, err on the side of safety, and consider the use of each essential oil individually. Seek medical help when in doubt. This article does not support the internal use of all essential oils. Regarding use with children, please consult your trusted holistic practitioner or aromatherapist.
To use externally for immune boosting, tea tree oil can be diluted with a carrier oil, such as castor oil (find it here), and applied to the bottom of one’s feet:
- Combine 1 to 2 drops of TTO with 1/2 teaspoon castor oil. Rub into the bottoms of feet. Optionally, pull on wool socks, and rest or sleep. See and download a more complete dilution chart here. Exact dilution depends on the patient, their age and their health circumstances.
Tea tree oil may also be diffused into the room or used with a steam tent for lung conditions or other health concerns.
There is a low risk of skin sensitization when using tea tree oil topically, with a dermal maximum of 15% dilution.
For external wound healing, Robert Tisserand mentions that less dilution is key: “… tea tree oil does not work well for wound healing unless it is used at 5% or more.” (For source and more in depth study, read about essential oil safety here.)
Where to buy tea tree oil and which brand to choose? I use Plant Therapy because it was formulated by Robert Tisserand, it’s “KidSafe” when diluted, and it’s affordable. (Find it here.) Certainly other reputable brands of essential oils are also available. Choose an essential oil company that uses the common and the Latin name, chemotype (when applicable), gives the country of origin and shares their farming and production processes.
What are your experiences using tea tree essential oil?
Under what circumstances would you consider replacing antibiotics with TTO?
This winter we had awful viruses through our area and a few in our home. We were able to treat them all naturally but I promised myself I would learn more about antibiotic alternatives since it was too close for comfort. This was well written and so helpful!! Thank you for quality advice, once again!!
Thank you Sherri. I’m so glad it’s helpful! 🙂
Kelly Love says
Thanks so much for this timely post! David (Harris) and I have been fighting this upper respiratory thing that has been cycling on and off now for about a month! My question is, can I put the oregano and TTO together in the same capsule?
Hi Kelly! Glad for the good timing and sorry for you guys. What we did with my loved one is two drops of each in a gelatin capsule once daily. Then he swallowed with high-fat beverage and extra fat as discussed above. We continued for an extra week after he was asymptomatic. We also had him spray colloidal silver in his mouth and take a deep breath in when he sprayed. I hope your symptoms resolve quickly!
This is a great article. Thank you for your research and posting this. My chiropractor suggested tea tree oil for cold sores. If applied with a cotton swab as soon as it starts it really seems to cut down on its activity and duration.
Someone posted they used colloidal silver, I also have used it recently. When I was reading about it the article it mentioned we should not exceed a certain amount over our lifetime. Have you read this information in your studies? And I wonder if we could exceed our “limit” of col. Silver very easily.
Thanks again! T
Hi Tara, thank you for your comments and question. I have seen similar articles about silver. The issue depends on the particle size: some colloidal silvers suspend larger particles of silver with oxygen molecules which can result in them falling out of the solution and accumulating in body tissues. We want nanoparticle silver that becomes part of the water molecule permanently. Here’s an example of a silver product I like and trust: https://amzn.to/2U286YR
kent albert says
I see 10 drops of tea tree oil in a small travel bottle probably 4 oz. Then 1/3 dawn liquid soap and the rest water. It I use it on my whole body. Top to bottom. it does not dry out my skin and keeps my feet and undercarriage areas free of fungus.
Steve Jonas says
Really well written article Megan with a lot of research and information about the safe use of TTO. I have used it topically and have wondered about the use of it internally. So grateful for your work on this. Thank you!!
Thank you Steve! Really nice to hear from you here, and I’m so happy you found it helpful! 🙂
Jennifer Prado says
Thank you for sharing and very well documented. Many sites do state not to ingest tto. We have been doing our own research and finding your article was a blessing. Considering the antiviral properties of tto and this covid-19 pandemic we are taking tto as a precautionary measure as well as bumping up our ginger/turmeric. We haven’t used fat to encapsulate with but will definitely give that a try with some coconut oil.
Hi Jennifer, thanks for sharing! I’m happy the article was helpful and that you’ll be adding fat. 🙂 Best wishes and wellness to you!
Renee D Kohley says
This is so well written and concise. I really appreciate the warnings and how to use it the safest way. I didn’t know some of the uses either! Such a great resource!
SO interesting! Thank you for such a thorough article. I never knew some of these uses.
linda spiker says
This whole super bug thing is truly frightening! I am so glad there are natural remedies out there that are safe.
Tessa Simpson says
I have used tea tree for fungal stuff, spot blemishes, lice spray, and cleaning…it is SO awesome! Thanks you for all the info on taking it internally…haven’t tried it that way yet!
You’re welcome Tessa. Thanks for sharing how you use it!
Raia Todd says
Tea tree is the first oil I ever used (way back before EOs were cool) and it’s still one of my absolute must haves.
Very well timed! The internal use of essential oils is so prominent, but no one is considering how to do it safely! There ARE ways to do it, but not everyone knows how. thanks for sharing!
Carol Little R.H. says
Tea Tree Oil is definitely always on hand. It’s a part of my ‘kit’ when I travel.
I love putting on feet and warm socks.. So effective in so many ways and on many levels. When I took Aromatherapy certificate 20+ years ago.. it was on the top 10 list of the school’s favourites.. Definitely a good one to know.
Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for sharing your insights Carol!
Hi which brand of tea tree oil should I purchase to ingest it? What are your recommendations?
Also where do I purchase capsules from ?
What is the longest period of time that you took it for?
I use tea tree oil for cleaning and body products — so good to know these other ways to use it! Thanks!
I would love to print out some of these articles but I am not sure if you have printable versions. I sure would appreciate them. I love the work you are doing.
Thank you, Nico, I appreciate your kind comment. I do believe you can print the pages, but you will get all of the unwanted images etc. I will have to consider the option of printable articles as I make some updates to the website. I’m sorry that’s not possible without images for you at this time.
Carl Bertram says
Isn’t it funny that people often have no qualms about taking dangerous pharmaceutical drugs, but think ingesting pure oils derived from plants is insane. I’m experimenting with a pure, Australian made tea tree oil mixed with extra virgin olive oil for fighting intestinal worms. Thanks for the article 🙂
Thanks Carl, yes! 🙂 Best wishes! (Perhaps this article will be helpful to you as well?: https://eatbeautiful.net/2019/02/08/how-i-got-rid-internal-worms-natural-parasite-remedies-adults-kids/)
Can you give to children also,and how long you have to keep on taken it ,thanks i found exactly what i was looking for,i am 74 years old,i am goin to try the easiest one,buy the Australian tea tree oil mixed with virgin oil,thanks alot
Hi Jackie, I’m glad the article was helpful. I have given a smaller dose to my kids when an acute situation arises, but not for very long, just until I see symptoms pass or we’ve received the immune boosting we needed. I can’t speak to dosage for you. Thank you and blessings.
I have systemic candida krusei. Doctors have tried all they are willing too so I’m looking into oils online. It seems grape seed oil, melaleuca oil and pure spirits of turpentine kill krusei. I tried turpentine but finally couldn’t keep it going, I used it internally. I’m on no carbs now and will try one of the two remainder. Thank you for your site. I was wondering if you know if the body can absorb it through the feet?? it’s mostly in the bladder which means a douche won’t work. Thank you for this fabulous article and guidance. ??
Hi Lilly, yes, the body can absorb essential oils (with carrier oil) through the feet. If you haven’t already found it, this article may also be helpful: https://eatbeautiful.net/2015/08/16/how-to-heal-yeast-infections-and-treat-pathogen-overgrowth-part-2-candida-and-more/
Susan Smail says
I have just read your informative article on TTO and as I am aware of its strength I would appreciate your advice on the following question.
How often is it sensible to use the TTO and Castor oil on the soles of one’s feet? I have no idea and don’t want to over it as I am aware that it is very strong.
I look forward to your reply.
Susan Smail says
Wonderful informative website. I am looking forward to your reply.
Hi Megan: Loved your article. However, I have a question. I purchased Solaray Yeast Cleanse. It has Tea Tree Oil in it. When I opened the bottle of capsules I immediately smelled the TTO. I heard TTO Is ingestable.
Q. There’s 60mg. In each capsule, is this amount safe to ingest?
I tried calling company but no answer. Thanks!
Hi Kay, thanks! I can’t comment on dosage and safety issues, I’m sorry. I would just say that Solaray Yeast Cleanse is a popular and seemingly effective product, based on the reviews. That product is meant to be temporary, to treat yeast overgrowth, not used long term. I hope that helps!
Hi Susan, I’m sorry but that decision is best left to you and an aromatherapist. I can’t advise on that. Blessings.
Hi I want to ask you is it safe to drink 1 liter of water in which I put 1 drop of tea tree oil? Thank you.
Hi Suzana, no, it’s not advisable, in my opinion, to mix any EO with just water. Because EOs are oil based, they should be taken with fat.
Sylvie De Beer says
Hello Megan, Thank you for the information.
Until now I’ve used Tea Tree against colds and flu. I take 1 drop pure in my mouth to kill the germs in my mouth (so I do not breathe them in). Is that useful? I am doing this 2-3 times a day, is this too much?
Thank you for your reply,
Hi Sylvie, in my opinion and those of aromatherapists, you need to use a carrier oil with tea tree oil. Oil pulling is an example of how to use coconut oil or sesame oil with an essential oil in the mouth to draw out toxins. I would look into oil pulling just once daily. https://naturallivingfamily.com/benefits-of-oil-pulling/
I have a reoccurring scab on the inside of my nostril that I get due to dryness & pollen allergies. It usually resolves in a few days using a dab of Neosporin, but I have been trying to treat it naturally this time around. I used a fingertip amount (approx. 1/4 tsp.?) of organic coconut oil and one drop of 100% TTO and swabbed a small part of this mixture inside my nostril using a qtip directly on the scab inside my nose. Is this a good ratio or would you recommend something else entirely? Thanks! 🙂
Hi Celeste, I think that sounds like a good idea and a good ratio. Only trying it will tell if it’s going to bring relief. Since Neosporin has worked in the past, it sounds like TTO is worth trying as a natural alternative. 🙂
I was really relieved to read your research on taking TTO internally. I accidentally ingested a trace amount (the oil remained on my hand after I washed my hand after applying diluted TTO topically to my skin. I felt my throat tingle, and my esophagus tingle, and I freaked out because I realized what had happened and of course when you google ingesting it, it’s very scary what mainstream posts are stating. I’m also a couple of weeks pregnant and that is the most concerning part. I wouldn’t be afraid if it was just me I had to be concerned with. I called poison control and morhertobaby.com but they didn’t have much information on TTO. Anyways, I just wanted to write and thank you that your article and your research really me feel much better about TTO. Though, I just have to ask, what is your opinion on an accidental ingestion of a trace amount during the first weeks of pregnancy?
Hmm, I wonder what the research would look like if TTO was used to fight C19? Thanks so much!
Hi Lisa, thanks for your comments. I appreciate the fear you must have felt, and I’m glad this article helped to provide a context for TTO’s use internally. I can’t speak to its use during pregnancy, because there just isn’t the data. It’s good that the TTO on your hand was diluted, though. That was just the teeniest amount that got into your system. 🙂
Global Eye says
there seems to be concerns about how long to do use this, especially internally.
that happens is many of these things have certain lifespan and will go dormant and if you dont continue treatment thru the whole Cycle. It will just continue.
If we had the names of these Yeasts, Fungis and Bacterias, we could look them up and find out their growth parameters (is the name of it) …… would really improve the effectiveness of this
Pumpkin Seeds for Internal Parasites works like this
This article is wonderful!!!!!
I’ve been struggling with tinea versicolor for 20 years and really want to try ingesting TTO to treat it. Is there a recommendation for min/max dosage and a time limit max?
Can I take it everyday, forever to keep the tinea away??
Also, can I ingest it mixed with honey instead of a capsule, along with fats like coconut milk?
Hi Chellise, because I’m not a doctor I can’t recommend dosages other than the parameters I mention in the article. Personally, I would not use any EO indefinitely internally or otherwise, but I would consider using nanoparticle colloidal silver intermittently over time for continued support. I think the TTO and honey would be too strong, but if it’s mixed with high fat coconut milk, you could try a very small amount to start. Capsules would be gentler and safer for your mouth and esophagus. Blessings, and I hope it’s very helpful!
aimee goins says
You can also use selsun blue for the tinia versicolor
Hi. I’ve been dealing with a MRSA UTI for about a month. I’ve been trying everything to stop it without the use of antibiotics, as I know the damage they do to the immune system. I seem to do better for a day, but then it fights back. I’ve tried almost everything. I’m throwing all kinds of things at it. Has anyone been successful treating a MRSA UTI with TTO internally? I want to try it, but don’t have capsules and am a vegan. Can I take it in a carrier oil successfully without capsules?
aimee goins says
Try wild oregano oil …….
Eliana Correia says
I don’t enjoy drinking the 1-2 tea tree drops with oils, such as coconut oil or olive oil. I usually take it with water everyday. Do you recommend ingesting it internally this way?
Hello! Thank you so much for this article. I as well have been recommended by someone to take tea tree oil and put it in capsules and take one a day as well as capsulate two other essential oils to help with acne and take daily until it gets better. I’m wondering if you have a brand or a tea tree oil you recommend?
I just realized you included which kind you recommend?♀️ I missed that last part. Sorry lol. Thank you so much
No problem, best wishes! 🙂
Susie Watson says
Really enjoyed this article. I use tto as an anti fungal by putting on my tongue (Only by turning bottle upside down on my finger very quickly and putting on tongue).. Have done that for at least 20 yrs or so but jus in the last couple of weeks has started giving me diarrhea. So I guess I need to cut back? Anyway very much ur informative article.
in winter when flu season is at its peak, put a couple of drops of tto (melaleuca oil) in your morning coffee. Will boost your immune system and seems to prevent you from getting sick. Wile working as a bus driver in Alberta Oil Sands that’s what I used to do every morning. People all around me were sick all winter but I never got sick. For me instead of a morning cup of coffee, it was a hot cup of chicken noodle soup with 2 drops of tto.
I did extreme full lotus psychic tantra healing and relied on tea tree oil taken internally as a brain cleanser via the kundalini energy rising up and out of the third eye. Yes I did overdose a few times – which causes sleep but also overstimulates the vagus nerve so that the lungs don’t work as well. It is scary but was from a LOT of tea tree oil. Also there is a drunken effect. But I have always taken sips or drops internally and have relied on tea tree oil as the best antiviral and antibacterial and antiseptic and antifungal tool.
So glad to see scientific corroboration – as I was chewed out once at work by a boss – after I OD’d on tea tree oil and I fell asleep during the overnight shift. There is a GABA activation in tea tree oil that is similar to how alcohol also works.
Also when my elderly relative faced serious viral conditions – like the flu or cold that threatened to spread to the lungs – then I would resort to tree tree oil (mixed in with ginger) and they appreciated being able to stay alive and recover!! This stuff is literally a life saver. I would use just a few drops but it was the ONLY thing that would work. Western medicine has nothing for an antiviral cold treatment that threatens to spread to the lungs…
Of course the smell is too strong – people have said it smells like Terpentine. But serious “smokers” actually have identified a shared molecule in cannabis! They insisted it smelled like pot. Hilarious. I looked it up to discover this molecule – can’t remember offhand.
One time I poured some teatree oil in a styrofoam cup and it literally MELTED the styrofoam. haha. Yes it is strong stuff to be sure – but so is strong cayenne or capsaicin and most people can not handle strong doses of those as well.
What brand of tea tree oil do you use?
Hi Libby, I use Plant Therapy, this one: https://amzn.to/3eMijWA
What capsules do you use?
Hi Libby, it’s been a while since I’ve had to buy them since I last purchased in bulk, but if I needed some today I’d buy these: https://amzn.to/3kMLAV6 They’re kosher, designed well and digest well. Kosher is important in terms of how the animal is raised and slaughtered. For me, it’s either that or another sustainable approach. For vegan, here’s a good option made with vegetable cellulose: https://amzn.to/3iymiaq
Jimmy Liu says
I have been suffering from what I believe is ringworm for over 2 decades. I still have an itchy scalp that spreads to other parts of my skin, if I don’t use a certain type of shampoo. I believe it was folliculitis or something. This issue is mild but controllable for the last 2 decades. In the past 6 years, I have been dealing with a more serious issue. A girl jumped on me, and caused a tear at the tip of my penis. Somehow either a fungus or bacteria has infected it, causing a red rash, which I believe is ringworm. When I would have it on other parts of my body, I would use a steroid creme prescribed by doctors to heal it. Unfortunately, where this area is now infected, has spread into my urethra, testicle, back, internal organs, legs, arms, literally everywhere I can think of. Doctors can’t properly diagnose my issue, and I have been to so many, I can list all the doctors. I am going to try ingesting Tea tree oil, since every antibiotic I have taken, eventually makes it come back. My birthday is on November 7, and I am thinking about going to the ER, since my regular doctors do not believe I have a problem. If this works, I will be forever grateful and help humanity with all their struggles.
I’m so sorry for your troubles, Jimmy. You might also consider colloidal silver. I’ve taken high doses when I have kidney infections and antibiotics haven’t worked for me. My doctor agreed to the colloidal silver as well. For me, the tea tree oil worked better than antibiotics and held off the infection but never completely got rid of it, but the colloidal silver did. So, one more option to consider.
Jimmy, you might want to look at Caprylic acid to work along with the TTO and food grad DE to carry the dead fungus out of your body. I am not a doctor but had a serious fungal infection and the trio saved my life. This is an outstanding article. Wow.
Thank you for writing this article. Someone whom I respect recommended me using this oil internally as well. After I did some research on the internet found that most of the people say this should not be used internally.
However, after reading through your article I decided to try it.
The person who recommended this to me said that I should not consume dairy products so I guess taking it in with some coconut milk should be just fine, right?
If I’d want to skip the capsules, it would be ok if I would just mix the drops with some coconut oil and drink it?
Thanks again for your work on this article!
Hi Stefan, you’re welcome and happy to help. I would not take it straight with coconut milk myself. I would encapsulate it. TTO is very strong.
I use TTO and many other essential oils internally. I suggest putting drops in enteric capsule but then filling the remainder of the capsule with olive oil and turn it up and down to mix it. Then, if you need added protection in the case for something strong like TTO, eat a teaspoon of coconut oil first. Between the coconut oil and the olive oil in the capsule you should be fine.
Agreed, Jay, that’s a great method. Thanks for sharing!
Omg! THANK YOU SO MUCH for doing this article I have often been tempted to use TTO internally but wasnt sure at what dose. I use teas, foods and oils for medicines a few years now and have taken wild oregano oil (10 drops in capsule) and it has been successful in treating that ugly toe nail fungus that makes nails thick. But it was unsuccessful for UTI I feel a UTI coming on and have started cranberry and I am going to try the TTO I have right now I also ordered the one you recommended as I like to use pure products.
Thank you for the detailed information and have a wonderful Christmas!
You’re welcome, Terri. I’m so glad it’s helpful, and Merry Christmas, too! 🙂
Really informative and interesting article!! Would you consider doing a post about how to make essential oil capsules for internal use? Also not sure where to purchase. Any tips? Thanks again so much. I’m really appreciative of your posts. I think I have Mast Cell Activation syndrome also so I’ve been doing my own research on ways to help alleviate all my crazy-mystery symptoms.
Hi A, and happy the post is helpful! 🙂 To make EO capsules: For immediate consumption, add drops of essential oil to an empty veggie capsule. Add 3-5 (or more) drops of carrier oil. If you don’t use a carrier oil, the essential oil will eat through the capsule and dissolve it, and the carrier oil is needed for safety in your body. I don’t make mine ahead of time, but if you wish to, the trick is: use melted coconut oil first, then store the capsules in the fridge so they solidify, and your DIY pills won’t leak. Re where to purchase, you can get the veggie or gelatin capsules at most pharmacies or natural food stores, or order online. Does that answer all your questions, or not quite? I’m happy you found the post and are on this path with your MCAS. I’m sure you saw the article on the low A diet, too, which I personally consider important. Best wishes in your process!!
This is an outstanding article and well researched article, thank you for taking the time to be so thorough.
You’re welcome, Patricia, and thank you for your kind words and encouragement. I’m so glad the article is helpful. 🙂
Hi I recently used tto for a tooth abscess taken internally in a capsule with 2 drops in almond oil and eaten with a yoghurt smoothie. It cleared it up within 4 days and I didnt need anti biotics.
I have a skin fungal infection and I’m going to try it with that next.
It’s mind blowing that this isn’t used more but of course the ph. companies would lose money wouldn’t they.
Thanks for sharing, Fiona!
Wow Thank you so much for this info. I would love to know if you could share the brand of Colloidal Silver that you used to help the patient who suffered from Chronic Bronchitis. Thank you so much.
Hi Om, happy to help. Sovereign is a good brand to buy. We make our own now, but if I needed to buy it at the store, that’s the brand I would choose. Personally, I would buy the big one because we use it in higher doses: https://amzn.to/3rJ2aZ7 (We do 1 Tablespoon 3 times daily, or more.)
Megan thank you so much. I’d been researching colloidal silver and getting discouraged and overwhelmed by the information. I am healing oral thrush candida infection. Which I think is in relation to Small intestinal bacteria overgrowth. I’m certainly going to check out the colloidal silver you recommended. ??
Great, Om, and happy to help.
SOOOO Amazing to find your information. I was raised in the 1980 by a mother who went as natural as we could and used EO for lots of things and took several orally on a regular basis. When we were kids if we were getting sick she would make a VERY weak Tea Tree solution and swab out our ears/noses, gargle with it and if you wanted sip a small amount diluted. My younger brothers and sisters had perfect school attendance because they were never really sick. They would wake up the next day and feel great. Now I look online and find they’re all toxic and can’t be taken internally. Well Whoopsie by me because I have been taking Tea Tree oil orally for several months again. My body is so used to it I can put a few drops in a gallon of water and drink it straight with no problems to my mouth, esophagus or stomach. I was so glad to find your site because it explains a lot. No science behind the warnings only a few cases of overdose. If medical doctors and drug companies used the same methods of basing all guidelines and guidance only on overdose cases they would have to get rid of most of the drugs because they are a lot more dangerous than some not properly diluted EO. Drugs kill way more people than EO’s do.
Hi Jennifer, and thanks for sharing! Yes, diluting with oil or fat is one key for gentleness. 🙂
I’m grateful for your insight…I really appreciate this timely article. Once I read a statement from a gentleman that stated : if you inhale it you’re inhaling into your body, in your skin it still gets into your body/bloodstream ~ the pharma big business don’t want you to know about it’s effectiveness so that’s why all the “do not ingest” statements..
That made sense to me all the way through & now reading your article is inspiring & thought provoking
I am half-way through your article and I absolutely love it! I recently turned back to nature and some select lab-mixed, but plant-based solutions for my immunity and various minor aches, after having my mother treating me exclusively with natural remedies throughout my childhood in almost all instances.
Thank you for the extensive research and the fine synthesis!
You’re welcome, Nick. I’m so glad it’s helpful.
Gloria Liuzzo says
I have tea tree oil, it says for aromatherapy. But after reading this article I plan on putting a drop on a tablespoon of avocado oil. I have gut issues, possible Candida albicans. I lost weight after having thrush for months. Thrush is gone but I’m pretty sure it’s in my gut wreaking havoc. I also can’t poop maybe due to a compressed duodenum? Waiting for doctor to tell me what he wants to do. But I will try this first, then colon cleanse, then they can do something for the compressed duodenum. I pray I have some good results from the oil’s. Thank you for the article, my problems are making sense.
I love how informative this article is. It was an awesome read. Thank you for taking the time to provide us so much knowledge. I’m learning everyday!
I’m so glad Dee, and happy the article was helpful. 🙂
I use a sleep mouth guard to stop snoring and it suddenly began to stink even though I faithfully used peroxide to soak it in during the day. I resorted to putting a few drops into some water and allowed it to soak and it completely removed the horrible smell. Must have been some dreadful bacteria. I’ve been doing this daily for about a month. I happened to think recently that I should check to see if it’s even safe to ingest, and so found your article.
Thanks for researching. I might reserve tto for the occasional use if the peroxide doesn’t work.
Thanks for sharing, Serena, and I’m so glad the article was helpful!