Tea Tree has won a reputation as a “cure all” because of its powerful antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties. It is the first suggestion for athlete’s foot, nail viruses and other fungal infections.
It’s also used in anti-acne remedies, and in diffusers to combat flu and other viral infections. It is often recommended as the remedy for a vaginal Candida infection.
Note: Recent laboratory tests indicate that tea tree essential oil is more effective as an antibacterial agent in weak solutions (i.e. less than 2%) than it is neat. It is far too harsh to use directly on the skin. It should be mixed with a carrier oil.