Pilot study of tea tree oil in the decolonisation of MRSA positive wounds

University of Western Australia

  • Project code: PRJ-000822

  • Project stage: Closed

  • Project start date: Thursday, September 1, 2005

  • Project completion date: Friday, May 30, 2008

  • National Priority: TTO-Increasing demand


A pilot study investigating whether tea tree oil is a useful wound treatment product. It is important because tea tree oil is used widely for this purpose despite a lack of comprehensive evidence that it is beneficial.


Tea Tree Oil

Research Organisation

University of Western Australia

Objective Summary

This pilot study aimed to determine if tea tree oil can eliminate methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from colonised wounds and to determine if tea tree oil is a beneficial treatment for wounds.