TEA TREE

Parts Used:
Leaves.

Function:
Active constituents in tea tree oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Uses:
* Traditionally the Australian Aborigines used tea tree leaves for skin infections and cuts. Captain Cook later used the leaves to make tea.
* More recently tea tree was used during WW1 as a disinfectant, for acne, athletes foot and other fungal infections, insect bites and stings, warts and many other skin conditions. Tea tree can be used as an inhalant for congestion and as a gargle for sore throats.

Guidelines:
* Essential oil of tea tree can be used neat for warts, acne and other skin conditions. If this proves to be too strong, tea tree can be diluted. Use a blend of tea tree oil and basil oil neat for cold sores.
* 1 or 2 drops can be used in 50 ml of warm water as a mouthwash and gargle for the pain of sore throat.
* Tea tree oil can be used as an inhalant for colds and congestion, use 6 drops in very hot water and inhale the vapors. Tea tree oil can be used with carrier oil (3 – 5:100) and massaged onto the chest for colds and other respiratory infections.

Interactions:
* Do not apply tea tree oil to broken skin.
* Do not apply tea tree oil to sensitive areas around the eye, nose and mouth as it may burn.
* Always use only a small amount of tea tree oil as it may cause irritation, discontinue use if irritation occurs.

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