how to make a tea tree oil

how to make a tea tree oil

Making Tea Tree Oil at Home

Making tea tree oil at home is a relatively easy process. Tea tree oil has many uses in holistic health, including being an antiseptic, antifungal, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and antiviral agent.

Ingredients and Supplies

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of dried Melaleuca Alternifolia leaves
  • A stainless-steel or enamel-covered pot
  • Cheesecloth
  • Glass bottle or jar
  • Ethanol or vodka


  • In a stainless-steel or enamel-covered pot, bring 1 cup of water to a boil.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of dried Melaleuca Alternifolia leaves.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Strain the liquid using a cheesecloth, and discard the leaves.
  • Transfer the liquid to a glass bottle or jar and let cool.
  • Add a small amount of ethanol or vodka, approximately 2 teaspoons per 1 cup of liquid.
  • The oil is ready to be used.

The ethanol or vodka is used as preservative and helps the tea tree oil last longer. Store the tea tree oil in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight. Use within 6-9 months for best results.


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