Tea Tree Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Melaleuca alternifolia
Country of Origin: Australia
Application: Aromatically & Topically
Plant Part: Leaf
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Aromatic Description: Herbaceous, green, leathery
Main Chemical Components: Terpinen-4-ol, gamma terpinene
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Pure Tea Tree essential oil. Also known as Melaleuca, Tea Tree essential oil has over 92 different compounds and limitless applications.
- For occasional skin irritations, apply 1–2 drops of Melaleuca essential oil onto affected area.
- Combine 1–2 drops with your facial cleanser or moisturizer for added cleansing properties, or apply to skin after shaving to prevent razor burn.
- Apply to fingernails and toenails after showering to purify and strengthen nails.
- Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use on surfaces to protect against environmental threats.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with Carrier Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.
CAUTIONS: Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
The tea tree is an evergreen, bushy tree endemic to Australia. The long branches have narrow, slender, bright-green leaves and, when in bloom, the tea tree is covered in cottony plumes of pretty white flowers. Australian aborigines have utilized the leaves for their medicinal properties for centuries, but it was not until the 20th century that tea tree essential oil started being produced in Australia from wild trees. In a move to perpetuate the species, tea tree cultivation has expanded over the last twenty years. The leaves are harvested in the summer, starting in December. The trees are pruned when the foliage is the thickest and the leaves contain the maximum amounts of essential oil. The cuts are done in such a way as to allow the tree to regain its foliage in two years. The extracted essential oil is herbaceous and woody.
The tea tree was discovered in 1770 in Australia by Captain James Cook of the British Royal Navy. English sailors who used steeped its leaves in hot water to replace their favorite drink christened it the “tea tree.” The name, however, causes confusion with the real tea tree, Camellia sinensis, and other species of the genus Melaleuca commonly called tea tree. Two other trees of this family are utilized for their olfactory qualities: the paper bark tea tree or niaouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia) and the cajeput tree (Melaleuca leucadendron).
The essential oil of the Tea Tree has been used for decades, and medical studies have documented its advantages as a beneficial aid in eliminating bacteria, viruses, and fungi. This powerful antiseptic is well known for its ability to treat wounds and for its natural anti-inflammatory properties.