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According to secondary sources, the Bundjalung Aboriginal people first used tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) medicinally. They crushed the leaves and applied them to cuts and wounds. Since then, topical tea tree oil has been used for the treatment of multiple conditions, including acne, burns, eczema, boils, and topical fungal infections. It has also been used as an astringent and its acaricide (kills ticks and mites) component has been used in washing laundry.
During World War II, tea tree oil was classified as essential for the prevention and treatment of wound infections. It was used in munitions factories in Australia and was believed to have greatly reduced the number of hand infections that developed from abrasions due to metal filings and turnings.
Tea tree oil was seen as such an essential product that harvesters and farmers of tea tree oil were exempt from military service in World War II.