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Tea tree is a small tree native to only one area of the world - the northeast coastal region of New South Wales, Australia. The leaves are the source of tea tree oil. The medical world's first mention of tea tree appeared in the medical journal of australia in 1930, where a surgeon in sydney reported impressive results from a solution of tea tree oil for cleaning surgical wounds. Tea tree oil possesses significant antibiotic effects and is an ideal skin disinfectant, as it is active against a wide range of organisms, possesses good penetration, and is nonirritating to the skin.
Tea tree oil has demonstrated activity against a number of organisms that can cause vaginal infections, including trichomonas vaginalis and candida albicans. For vaginal infections, daily douches with one quart of water containing 4 to 5 ml of tea tree oil is often recommended.
Allergicreactions are not uncommon. It is recommended that individuals apply the oil to a small area of skin before using tea tree oil extensively for the first time, so as to avoid developing contact dermatitis over a larger area.
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