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Tea Tree Oil
(Melaleuca alternifolia)

General Description: Small tree that in native to northeast coastal region of New South Wales, Australia.  Fruits grow in clusters and white flowers bloom in summer.

Part Used:  Leaves

Uses:  

  burns

  sores

   lice

  ring worm

  acne skin pathogens (Staph. aureus, Staph. epidermidis
        and Propionibacterium)

   hair, nail or mucous infections

   insect bites

   vaginal yeast infections (takes 4-6 weeks for symptom
         relief

   possible trichomonal vaginitis

   MRSA (methicillian-resistant Staph. aureus)

Action: Major constituent is terpin-4-ol (40%), also includes  eucalyptol, cneole, and various phenylpropanoids. Produces antimicrobial, antiseptic, and disinfectant activity.      

Dosage:  Apply topically 1-2 times daily in concentrations of .4 - 100%.

Precautions/Adverse Reactions:  May cause contact dermatitis or eczema.

Contraindications:  Hypersensitivity to melaleuca oil, or those prone to contact dermatitis.  Pregnant and lactating women. 

Nursing Considerations:

  Encourage patients to place a small amount of  oil on normal skin to check before applying to total area.  

  Monitor for worsening skin conditions

   Do not use undiluted oil on babies or toddlers, as little as 5 ml would be toxic for a small child.  Do not use during pregnancy 

  Do not take internally.

  Warn patients that oil concentrations vary greatly.    

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Aloe ] Bilberry ] Black Cohash ] Chamomile ] Chaste Berry Tree ] Dong Quai ] Echinacea ] Evening Primrose Oil ] Feverfew ] Garlic ] Ginger ] Ginkgo ] Ginseng ] Guarana ] Hawthorn ] Horse Chestnut ] Kava-Kava ] Ma Huang ] Milk Thistle ] Nettle ] St. John's Wort ] Saw Palmetto ] [ Tea Tree Oil ] Valerian ] Yohimbe ]