Melaleuca oil poisoning in a 17-month-old

Vet Hum Toxicol. 1995 Dec;37(6):557-8.


Ingestion of significant quantities of Melaleuca oil or Australian tea tree oil has been described only once in the medical literature. This report describes a 17-mo-old male who ingested less than 10 ml of the oil and developed ataxia and drowsiness. Emergency physicians, poison control personnel and pediatricians should be aware of potential toxicity from this product.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Infective Agents, Local / poisoning*
  • Ataxia / chemically induced*
  • Heart Rate / drug effects
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Oils, Volatile / poisoning*
  • Plant Oils / poisoning*
  • Plants, Medicinal
  • Respiration / drug effects
  • Sleep Stages
  • Tea Tree Oil


  • Anti-Infective Agents, Local
  • Oils, Volatile
  • Plant Oils
  • Tea Tree Oil