Anticancer Activity of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil

University of Western Australia

  • Project code: PRJ-002395

  • Project stage: Closed

  • Project start date: Tuesday, October 2, 2007

  • Project completion date: Wednesday, June 1, 2011

  • National Priority: TTO-Increasing demand


This study will increase our understanding of TTO’s anti-tumour properties, and should a potential anticancer agent be identified, is likely to stimulate further research into TTO and may lead to the development of a novel chemotherapeutic drug for cancer.


Tea Tree Oil

Research Organisation

University of Western Australia

Objective Summary

1. Optimise the in vivo administration of topical TTO treatment in subcutaneous tumour bearing mice to establish its maximum efficacy.

2. Identify and investigate the in vivo mechanism of action of TTO on tumours.