Some Herb Basics: Most herbs work better on an empty stomach. A few exceptions are garlic, goldenseal and cayenne due to stomach upset. Herbs work in a cumulative fashion meaning they are not a “one dose wonder.” They need to build up in the system a little, usually within 2-3 doses, before any real affect can be noticed. Fresh herbs always work better than old herbs and science is always proving the fact that a whole herb usually is more effective than one isolated compound of that herb.
Medicinal Properties: Externally only, tea tree is a good antiseptic and anti-fungal. Tea tree is mainly used on the skin to treat infections, rashes, athlete’s foot, yeast infections, burns and abrasions, acne, plantar warts, insect bites, cold sores and head lice.
Is very good to use for ear infections in pets, especially dogs. Mix a couple drops with some witch hazel and put 1-2 drops in the ear and rub it around. SEE WARNING BELOW and never use essential oils on cats!
How to Use: Dilute the essential oil in olive oil, one part tea tree oil to 1 part olive oil, and apply to affected area. Can be applied directly to head lice and warts.
Part Used: Essential oil
Warning: Tea tree stimulates the immune system. The skin can absorb a great deal more than something taken internally, and, it goes straight into the blood stream. Be careful how much you apply at one time. (Not more than 1/8 tsp of the straight essential oil per dose.)
How to use herbs for maximum benefit. Short and sweet descriptions and uses written by our on-staff Nutritional Herbalist. Always remember that herbs should be treated as a medicine. Almost all of our modern-day medicines are derived from compounds found in herbs and plants. If you have not used a particular herb before, try a half dose at first to make sure you do not have an unfavorable reaction to it.