Next on our essential herbal first aid list is Tea Tree
Tea Tree is used for it's essential oil. It is the best herbal antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial agents in the world.
Tea Tree is native to Australia, but now is also grown in New South Wales and Queensland. The leaves and small branches are picked and distilled to make Tea Tree essential oil.
Tea Tree was first researched in Australia in 1923. Since the 1960's it has been intensively studied, and it's antiseptic properties are well known.
Tea Tree can be used for skin infections, such as athletes foot, ringworm, acne, boils and wounds. It can also be used to prevent infection in bites and stings. Diluted with water, it can be an effective mouthwash for oral infections. Use 2 drops to 1/2 cup water. Swish and spit out. Do not swallow
The antifungal properties of Tea Tree makes it a valuable aid in treating vaginal yeast conditions. Dilute 3 drops into a carrier oil and apply 2- 3 x a day.
Never use Tea Tree essential oil internally