Anticancer Activity of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil


This study will increase our understanding of TTO’s antitumour 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.

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Project Start Date

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Project Completion Date

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Promoting and maintaining good health

National Priority

Adoption of R&D

National Priority

TTO-Increasing demand