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Tea tree oil is unusual in that it is effective against all three varieties of infectious organisms: bacterial, fungal, and viruses. It's also a very powerful immuno-stimulant, so when the body is threatened, tea tree increases the bodies ability to respond.
It is anti-infectious, anti-inflamatory, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, balsamic, cicatrisant, diaphoretic, expectorant, anti-fungal, immuno-stimulant, parasiticide, vulnerary.
This gives tea tree oil many uses, such as:
Skin: Abcess, acne, athlete's foot, blisters, burns, cold sores, dandruff, herpes, insect bites, oily skin, rashes, spots, veruccae, warts, infected wounds.
Respiratory: Asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, sinusitis, tuberculosis, whooping cough.
Genito-Urinary System: Thrush, cystitis, pruritis.
Immune System: Colds, fever, flu, infectious illnesses such as chickenpox.
Tea tree oil is safe for children aged 3 months +. It is safe to use during pregnancy (Avoid in first trimester, or consult your medical practitioner), and safe to use during breastfeeding.
Please dilute when using on skin. You can use the below as a guide, but please note that it is only a guide. Consult your medical practitioner if you have any queries.
3-12 months: No more than 0.5%
1 - 2 years: No more than 1%
2 - 6 years: 2% - up to 5% ok for occasional use.
6 - 10 years: 2% - up to 10% for occasional use.
10 years +: 2% up to 25% for occasional use.