Tea tree oil has been used as a traditional medicine by Aborigines for centuries. These native Australians crush tea tree leaves to extract the oil, which is then inhaled to treat coughs and colds or applied directly to the skin for healing.
Tea tree oil contains a number of compounds that have been shown to kill certain bacteria, viruses and fungi and increase the activity of your white blood cells, which help fight germs and other foreign invaders.
These germ-fighting properties make tea tree oil a valued natural remedy for treating skin conditions, preventing infection and promoting healing.
Other uses include hand sanitizer, bug repellent, natural deodorant, antiseptic for minor cuts, acne, dandruff, athlete's foot
And I just recently learned that washing fruits and veggies in water with a couple drops of tea tree oil will extend their life.
For external use only! And keep away from the kids.