Latin Name : Melaleuca Alternifolia
Part of Plant Used : Leaves & Twigs
Source : Australia
Extraction Method : Steam Distillation
In early times, the leaves of this tree were infused to make tea which is how the name came into being. Tea Tree Essential Oil is made from the concentrated liquid compounds which are steam distilled from the leaves of the tree Melaleuca alternifolia, which is native to the northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia. The oil is claimed to have valuable antiseptic and anti-fungal properties due to constituents called terpenoids, and is used in many personal care products and medicines today.
Tea tree oil is said to be good for relieving congestion, cold, cough and flu. It has been used to heal acne, fungal infections, dandruff, vaginal infections, haemorrhoids, athlete's foot, and is believed to soothe aching muscles and joint injuries. When added to bath water it helps control bacteria. It was between 1920 and 1930 that the essential oil of this tree began to be known and used for its antimicrobial properties in Europe.
Tea tree oil is not to be taken internally. It is usually used only on adults and must be kept away from children and pets.
Don't use it if you're pregnant or lactating.