I myself have used tea tree oil for years. When I was in college I had a horrible throat infection that just would not go away - no matter how many prescriptions I was given. A friend's mom, who was a naturapath, suggested I try making a rise with a few drops of tea tree oil in water and garggle with it. I gave it a shot. A week later, no more throat infection!
There are many other suggested uses for Tea Tree Oil. According to the book Prescription for Nutritional Healing by James F Balch it can be used for:
- Disinfecting wounds
- Healing of any skin condition including acne, athlete's foot, and cuts & scrapes.
- Fungal infections
- Herpes outbreaks
- Insect and spider bites
- Can be added to water and gargle for colds and sore throats
- Can be added to water and used as a douche for yeast infections.
Tea Tree Essential Oil and Lavender Essential Oil are known as the only essential oils that can be applied directly to the skin and have a nominal risk of skin irritation. If however, skin irritation occurs, you should discontinue use.
I've also used it in homemade household cleaner - a few drops of tea tree oil in a water/white vinegar solution leaves your house smelling fresh and clean while (hopefully!) killing germs. A few drops of Tea Tree Oil in a load of laundry will provide the same effect for your clothes.
All this to say, it's pretty amazing stuff! I have a feeling that it helps a lot of other medical issues that we don't even know about yet.