Tea tree is actually a shrub with medium green to yellow needlelike leaves; also known as paper bark, bark is papery and white. Essential oil extracted from tea tree leaves and twigs is pale yellow with a pungent, spicy, aroma, somewhat like nutmeg, and having a slight camphor odor. Oil of this plant is the most medicinal essential oil for fighting all three infectious organisms: bacteria, viruses and fungi. Its powerful antiseptic plus immunogenic properties make it a preferred choice for combating a variety of illnesses and ailments. This is an excellent all-around first-aid ointment. This oil generates penetrating warmth and healing both physically and emotionally.

This essential oil can be applied neat (undiluted) to effectively treat skin rash, athlete's foot, nail fungus, cold sores, herpes, insect bites, head lice, skin abrasions and acne. Vaginal yeast infection (candida) can be treated with warm baths and regular abdominal massage with tea tree in a carrier oil. With steam inhalation and gargling, this oil alleviates cold symptoms and sore throat. Used routinely it advances colds from developing into bronchitis, sinusitis or laryngitis. Regular baths and massage with this oil help boost the immune system, especially in cases of long term, debilitating illnesses such as mononucleosis or Epstein-Barr Virus. The oil, mixed with aloe vera gel, reduces the pain and discomfort associated with shingles.

Tea tree's powerful aroma clears the mind, aids concentration, and counters fatigue. This oil also inspires self-confidence, helps dispel the gloom of chronic illness and fosters a positive, creative attitude toward healing. It also provides a subtle feeling of inner strength and endurance.

Precautions:

This essential oil should be used in moderation – a maximum of 4 drops in bath water, and 2% in massage oil or lotion.

This oil may irritate sensitive skin.