Tea tree


Tea Tree oil has over 100 components that combine to give its activity.


Tea Tree oil is antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral. It is a remedy for cuts, bites, blisters and acne.

Use it to treat athlete’s foot, ringworm, nappy rash, thrush and fungal nail infections. (It might take longer than other treatments but it is cheaper and has few side effects.)

It helps cold sores, shingles, chicken pox, warts and verrucae.

Inhale it from a tissue or put it into hot water to help colds, coughs, flu and croup.

Rub the oil or add it to a bath to treat sore muscles.

Add it to aloe vera lotion to help sunburn.

It treats dandruff and head lice when used in shampoos.

Lotions, creams and soaps containing the oil can help eczema.

Massage oil with Tea Tree oil can stimulate the immune system.


Never swallow the oil, and don’t apply it full strength to children’s skin, the lips or other sensitive areas.

Some people are allergic to Tea Tree oil, so test a small area of skin first.

It is a useful addition to any first aid kit.

Tea Tree oil is in all manner of products, e.g. soaps, toothpaste, deodorants and disinfectants.

The best quality oil is clear and has little smell.

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