Botanical Name: Melaleuca alternifolia
Plant Part: Leaves
Processing Method: Steam Distilled
Description: A thin, clear, pale yellow liquid.
Aromatic Summary: A middle note with a medium aroma, Tee Tree has a fresh, slightly medicinal scent with characteristic woody, camphor notes.
Blends With: Cinnamon Bark, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Nutmeg,
Rosewood, Rosemary and Thyme.
The Tea Tree is a small tree/shrub with needle-like leaves. It is also 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. The aboriginal people of Australia have long used Tea tree Oil. Historically, the leaves were used as a substitute for tea, which is how it got its name. During the Second World War, producers of Tea Tree were exempt from military service. Tea Tree is robust and can be harvested every two years.
As Essential Oils have become more accepted, the use of Tea Tree Oil has increased significantly. This is readily seen in the commercial products now using Tea Tree, although this grade is best used for therapeutic applications.
This is one of the very few Essential Oils that can be applied to the skin 'neat', or without dilution, at a maximum rate of 3 drops.
Cautions: Dilute before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use.
Contact with eyes should be avoided.