Tea Tree Essential Oil - Australia
Botanical binomial: Melaleuca alternifolia
Other names: Melaleuca
Country of Origin: Australia
Part of plant used in production: Leaf and stem
Methods of production: Steam Distillation
Description: A tall shrub or small tree with hairless leaves that are prominent in oil glands. It bears fluffy, white flowers during blooming season.
Characteristics: Tea tree essential oil has a herbaceous, green, leathery aroma.
Properties: Anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, antiseptic, anti-viral, cicatrisant, expectorant, anti-fungal, insecticide, stimulant, and sudorific substance.
Constituents: α-Pinene, β-Pinene, Sabinene, Myrcene, α-Phellandrene, α-Terpinene, Limonene, Cineole, δ-Terpinene, Para-Cymene, Terpinolene, Linalool, Terpinenol, and α-Terpineol.
Uses: Tea tree's popularity comes from the fact that it is highly antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. It is used in household cleaners, detergents, massage oils, creams, and other skincare products.
It is also used to relieve muscular pain, aches, and sprains. Tea tree oil improves blood circulation, speeding the healing process and increases the rate of new tissue and cellular growth. The oil is rejuvenating and cleansing, provides clear breathing along with a cooling effect on the skin.
Blends well with: Cinnamon, Clary sage, Clove, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Rosewood, Rosemary and Thyme.
Safety: For external use only. Should be diluted prior to skin application. Avoid contact with eyes and mouth. May cause skin irritation for some individuals, a skin patch test is recommended prior to use. Consult your healthcare professional before using essential oils during pregnancy.