Name: Tea Tree ( Ti Tree is a mis-spelling and refers to another tree species in New Zealand )
Method : Steam distillation
Note Classification : Top
Scent : Menthol, slight citrus, spicy, fresh, clean
Colour : Pale yellow-green or colourless
Species : Melaleuca alternifolia. Family Myrtaceae
Extracted From : Leaves and twigs
Region : Richmond River basin, New South Wales, Australia
Historical : Used extensively by aborigines before Captain Cook used the name tea tree to refer to the leaves of a Leptospermum ( similar genus to Melaleuca ) from which he brewed a tea drink. It was referred to as spicy and refreshing. There are over three hundred varieties of tea tree throughout Australia, but only one has truly outstanding medicinal properties – Melaleuca Alternifolia. Much research has been done into the properties of tea tree, perhaps more than any other essential oil. It is now widely recognised by the scientific community as a powerful tool against a variety of infectious organisms. Mr. W. R. Penfold in 1930 found it to be 11 to 13 times stronger than carbolic as a germicide.
Of Interest : Tea Tree oil has made a bit of a comeback recently – it can be found in a wide range of cosmetics and shampoos.
Aromatherapy Properties : Strong antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, fungicidal properties. Used for athlete’s foot, boils, herpes, ulcers, psoriasis, warts, bites, burns, cold sores, spots, sweaty feet, wounds, asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, whooping cough, candida, thrush.
Blends Well With : Clary sage, lemon, lavender, rosemary., pine, geranium, clove & nutmeg.
Safety Data : Non-toxic but occasionally sensitizing. Can be used undiluted on small areas of skin if care is taken.