The essential oil was used during World War II as a general antimicrobial agent and insect repellent and was a part of the first aid kits carried by the Australian soldiers.
Most of its present applications are for its antimicrobial action in skin infections and associated conditions such as dandruff.
The essential oil made from tea tree has been used as an herbal remedy to get rid of head lice.
There is clinical evidence to suggest it is of benefit for the treatment of acne and comparable to using benzoyl peroxide lotion.
Tea tree oil is also thought to be of benefit for fungal infections such as nail infections and athlete’s foot.
It is considered one the better herbal remedies for yeast infection (candida and candidiatis).
Alcohol-based and alcohol-free solutions of tea tree oil have been used for the treatment of thrush.