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ATTIA Ltd – representing the Australian Tea Tree Industry

Antiviral potential of TTO.

ATTIA has prepared a Factsheet on the antiviral potential of TTO. The document is available here: https://teatree.org.au/get_library.php?id=661

Key Data

Common Uses of TTO in the Current Environment

  1. Hand sanitisers – formulations with around 70% alcohol and 5-10% TTO are most common. The ethanol evaporates quickly while the TTO remains much longer on the skin potentially providing additional protection through its antimicrobial efficacy.
  2. Vaporisers or HVAC inserts – many homes and offices are choosing to use tea tree oil in a vaporiser unit or in an air conditioning unit to provide potential protection from airborne viruses and other microorganisms.
  3. Surface cleaning products – formulations with tea tree oil are proving popular for spraying on and wiping down surfaces. We have received many anecdotal reports of tea tree oil being added to daily cleaners to provide the additional potential protection against microorganisms.


The benefits and potential of 100% pure Australian tea tree oil (an essential oil distilled from plantations of Melaleuca alternifolia) have been recognised for more than 70 years. Pure Australian tea tree oil is a natural essential oil and natural antiseptic, world renowned for its purity and quality. Tea tree oil has recognised antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties and is widely formulated into many cosmetic and personal care products including shampoos, creams, gels, acne control face-washes, hand-washes, vaginal pessaries, mouth-washes and other dental care products as well as being used as a topical antiseptic in its pure form on cuts, abrasions and insect stings. 100% pure Australian tea tree oil has also recently demonstrated new and exciting potential efficacy in the control of Golden Staph (Staphylococcus aureus) for both Methicillin (MRSA) and Vancomycin (VRSA) resistant strains. Further information and details of published research on MRSA control is available HERE demonstrating that TTO is more effective than chlorhexidine and Triclosan in clearing MRSA from superficial skin sites and wounds.

All ATTIA members subscribe to and support the ATTIA Code of Practice to ensure that quality standards as well as sound environmental practices are adhered to throughout the supply chain.
In Australia the home of premium-quality tea tree oil, ATTIA Ltd is a not-for-profit organisation formed in 1986 as the peak body to promote and represent the interests of the Australian tea tree industry from the grower/producer of Australian tea tree oil, through to the manufacturer of off-the-shelf products for public use. In doing this, ATTIA aims to develop a stable, cohesive, environmentally friendly and internationally competitive tea tree oil industry producing quality assured tea tree oil that meets or exceeds international standards.
The Australian tea tree industry is one of the most environmentally aware and was also one of the first to adopt a policy that broadly embraces the principals of the ISO14000 environmental standards. ATTIA members must abide by this policy's stringent guidelines for the responsible production of clean, green tea tree oil and tea tree oil products.  The composition of tea tree oil produced and marketed by all ATTIA members is determined by ISO 4730 (2004) and AS 2782-2009 Australian Standards [Oil of Melaleuca, terpinen-4-ol type].

Adulteration of pure TTO has recently been identified as a major issue with up to 50% of commercial samples tested being dentified as  adulterated to varying levels using a new method called Chiral Purity Testing as shown in the image below, there is more information on quality assurance, adulteration and the Code of Practice availalbe HERE.

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ATTIA continuously liaises with government and regulatory bodies in Australia and overseas and coordinates national industry-sponsored research. ATTIA also researches and compiles data on all aspects of tea tree oil production, manufacture and marketing and encourages all members to access this resource as required.

ATTIA's board of directors is comprised of individuals who bring to their role a diversity of skills and experience. This ensures a comprehensive skill-set that can best represent our members.


Page last updated: 17 May 2020