Australian Tea Tree Oil – A Summary of uses

Uses and Applications summary

For nearly 100 years pure tea tree oil (TTO) has been extensively used to successfully treat a quite extraordinary range of conditions and found a myriad of other uses. This is because of its antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties and some anti-inflammatory activity which have been the subject of extensive and comprehensive studies probably best summarised in the 2007 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) titled
Effectiveness and Safety of Australian Tea Tree Oil1 compiled by preeminent researchers Carson, Hammer and Riley2. Cynthia Olsen in her Tea Tree Oil Guide book3 provides a very helpful and quite detailed chapter tabulating a near exhaustive list of common conditions that have been successfully treated by the applications of pure tea tree oil including:

  1. Skin
    Acne and Pimples
    Boils (furunculosis)
    Cold sore (herpes simplex)
    Dermatitis and Eczema
    Insect bites and Stings
    Psoriasis, Hives and Rashes
    Ringworms
    Ulcers (leg and tropical)
    Vaginal (yeast) infections
    Warts
    Minor wounds, cuts and abrasions
    Aftershave and bikini wax irritation
    Burns (minor)
    Coral cuts
    Nappy rash
    Infections
  2. Feet and Nail
    Athlete’s foot (tinea)
    Corns and calluses
    Foot odour
    Nail Infections (perionychia)
  3. Hair and Scalp
    Cradle cap (pityriasis capitis)
    dandruff (Malassezia furfur)
    Head-lice (pediculus humans capitis)
    Itchy scalp (some other types)
  4. Mouth
    Gingivitis
    Toothache
    Bad breath
    Mouth ulcers
    Cough, colds, nasal congestions and
    bronchial congestion

Pure Australian tea tree oil uses further extend to:
The treatment of a whole range of animal and pet skin condi6on (ref 3. chapter 4) eg 6cks, mange, fleas. Solvent application similar to mineral turpen6ne and eucalyptus oil. Formulated products star6ng with aqueous emulsions and natural cold-pressed oil balms and lo6ons. More sophisticated formulations further broaden the scope of use for tea tree oil – molecular complexes between tea tree oil and modified starch provide controlled release and evaporation control characteristics as do the exciting new microencapsulated matrices that MCNE can now offer. Extensive details (including dosages, applica6on methods and precau6ons) for each and all of the above examples can be readily found on the internet and in C. Olsen’s guide3.

  1. https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/downloads/07-143
  2. Clin. Microbiol. Rev. January 2006 vol. 19 no. 1 50-62 [ https://cmr.asm.org/content/19/1/50.full ]
  3. Olsen, Cynthia B. Australia tea tree oil guide, Rev. 3rd ed., First aid in a bottle. 2007.

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Main Camp has a long and successful history as the world’s largest commercial tea tree farming operation.

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The Main Camp plantation is, without a doubt, a serene and beautiful area of land where not only the tea tree plants flourish, but flora and fauna reside in peace and safety.