Latin name

Leptospermum scoparium

Part Used

Herb and essential oil


Antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, anxiolytic and sedative, astringent, diuretic, alterative, febrifuge and diaphoretic


  • Most widely used for its antibacterial and antifungal actions both internally and topically. Effective against MRSA, athlete’s foot, and candida
  • Astringent, relieves symptoms of diarrhoea and dysentery. Also for digestive problems including IBS, IBD, and peptic ulcers
  • Traditionally used for kidney and urinary problems
  • Respiratory infections and conditions such as asthma, coughs, bronchitis, colds and the ‘flu
  • Sinus problems and hay fever
  • Anxiety and headaches
  • Used externally for wounds, inflammations and infections
  • Used as a mouthwash and gargle for gingivitis, mouth ulcers and halitosis
  • As an ointment for haemorrhoids and anal fissures

Cautions and Contraindications

Avoid prolonged use close to meals due to presence of tannins impeding absorption of minerals


20 – 60 ml per week of 1:2 liquid extract. or 3 – 8.5 ml per day of 1:2 liquid extract

Essential oil used directly, or mixed into vitamin E cream at 5% concentration


Helen is a registered medical herbalist and naturopath with 15 years clinical and teaching experience. She aims to help her clients to create vibrant health through improved nutrition and better lifestyle practices, and uses herbal medicines to support healing processes. Her philosophy on health is to keep it simple and find easy ways to fit 'being healthy' into your life.

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