Aboriginal Australians have been using the sap from the tea tree for centuries as a potent all-purpose healer.
When Captain Cook and his crew landed on the shores of Australia, the Aborigines taught them how to treat their cuts using the crushed leaves from the tea tree. The essential oil from the tea tree has powerful antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. It is used to treat fungal infections, acne, mouth and gum infections and to disinfect cuts, sores and rashes. It is also an effective inhalant remedy for coughs and colds.