Side- Effects Of Tea Tree Oil

Side- Effects Of Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree oil is derived from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant. There is not much research to back up the benefits as well as dangers of this herb; however, it has proven to be effective in treating conditions such as fungal infections, athlete’s foot as well as acne.  It is important to consult your doctor before using tea tree oil in treating any condition as it is known to cause many side-effects.

“Yeah,” she said, taking a bite out of her Cobb salad and then pointing her fork at me.  “But can’t some of those natural oils be dangerous?”

Now that took me back a bit.  I mean, my friend, has the uncanny ability to see the doo doo lining of any cloud, but could she be rightFor years, I’d use the little known oil from the native Australian evergreen, Melaleuca alternifolia to heal anything from warts and lice to wrinkles and bug bites.  And I’d had great success with the oil as a cleaning agent and aromatherapy.  But could it somehow be dangerous

Side- Effects Of Tea Tree Oil


It has been reported that the oral consumption of tea tree oil can result in a toxic reaction inside the body, causing drowsiness, hallucinations, vomiting, weakness, diarrhoea, stomach upset and blood cell abnormalities.

When tea tree oil is applied on the skin, it seeps into the body, leading to several dangerous side-effects. According to a study conducted on animals, when tea tree oil was applied into the skin of animals, it resulted in the slow functioning of the brain, lack of co-ordination, difficulty in walking, and weakness.

Skin Reactions

It has been observed that those who applied tea-tree oil topically suffered from contact dermatitis. This is known to result in the blisters that are scratchy as well as red, and become worse for those who are already suffering from skin condition such as eczema. People who are allergic to guava, eucalyptus, myrtle plant, and clove are at a greater risk of being allergic to this oil.

People who are allergic to turpentine or pine are at a heightened risk of being allergic to tea tree oil as they are both known to contain very similar properties. Tea tree oil, which is older, is known to become more toxic as it comes in contact with air, heat and light, as compared to the fresh tea tree oil.

Drug Interactions

When applied on the skin, tea tree oil is known to interact with other medications. It is mostly known to react with medications foracne treatment as well as anti-aging creams which possess tretinoin.


According to several studies and people’s personal experiences, it has been pointed out that consuming the tea made from tea tree oil can result in a coma. It has been found out the consumption of tea tree oil tea caused a small boy to fall into a coma 30 minutes after consuming this tea.

Another incident reported was of a man who fell into a coma for 12 hours and after he was semi-conscious, he experienced hallucinations for another 36 hours as a result of the consumption of tea tree oil.

Effects on Mouth, Eye, and Ears

Tea tree oil is considered beneficial in the treatment of conditions such as mouth thrush, plaque, inflammation in gums, as well as bad breath, but is also known to be a cause of inflammation and irritation in the mouth, when used to gargle.

If you use tea tree oil for your eyes, it is known to have the same result. According to a research conducted on animals, it was reported that the application of this oil inside the ears can cause partial deafness.

Tea Tree Oil Allergies

Just like about anything on the planet, a small number of people are allergic to tea tree oil and it may cause a reaction to the skin.   If this happens, you should immediately stop any use on your skin except in very dilute amounts.  In the alternative you apply a very small amount of tea tree oil diluted 50/50 with other natural oils such as olive oil or coconut oil.