TEA TREE (MELALEUCA) ESSENTIAL OIL
Tea Tree Essential Oil comes from the marshes of Australia, reaching heights up to twenty feet. The Melaleuca alternifolia tree, produces the best Tea Tree essential. Its needle-like leaves from which this pale yellow oil is extracted, has a thin consistency, yet very strong medicinal aroma. History records that the Aborigines of the outback used Tea Tree essential oil for healing and rightfully so, as it is the best known for being a powerful immune stimulant against infectious organisms such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses. During World War II, every soldier and sailor was issued Tea Tree essential oil because of its effectiveness against tropical diseases and infected wounds. Cultivators and cutters were exempted from military service until enough Tea Tree (Melaleuca) was harvested for issue to GI’s in the South Pacific.
Tea Tree essential oil’s popularity continues, as can be seen in the surge of use in the plethora of products commercially. Tea Tree essential oil helps with colds, measles, sinusitis and viral infections. It is excellent for skin, hair, acne, oily skin, head lice and dandruff. Research has shown that when Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Essential Oil is used before surgery, it strengthens the body and reduces the effects of post-operative shock. The Essential Oils Desk Reference states that Tea Tree (Melaleuca) essential oil is also helpful with the effects of radiation.
Botanical Name: Melaleuca alternifolia
Terpinen-4-ol: minimum 30%
Plant Part: Leaves and Twigs
Processing Method: Steam Distillation
Description / Color / Consistency: A thin, clear, pale yellow liquid.
Aromatic Summary / Note / Strength of Aroma: Tee Tree Essential Oil has a fresh, slightly medicinal scent with characteristic woody, camphoraceous notes / Middle note / Medium aroma.
Product Abstract: The Tea Tree (Melaleuca) is a small tree or shrub with needle-like leaves. It is also domestically referred to as Ti-Tree. It can grow up to 7 meters (20 feet) in height and thrives in marshy areas, though it is now cultivated in plantations. Historically, the leaves were used as a substitute for tea, which is how it got its name. In World War II, the producers and the cutters of Tea Tree (Melaleuca) were exempt from military service until enough essential oil had been accumulated to accommodate the military’s needs. The Melaleuca Tree is very robust and is ready for cutting only two years after its previous harvest. As Essential Oils have become more accepted by the public, the use of Tea Tree Oil has increased significantly. This is readily seen in the commercial products now using Tea Tree essential oil, although this grade is best used for therapeutic applications.
Cautions: For external use only; dilute before use. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.
IMPORTANT: All products are for external use only unless otherwise indicated. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, and it should not be used by anyone who is pregnant or under the care of a medical practitioner.