Tea tree oil was first extracted from Melaleuca alternifolia in Australia, and this species remains the most important commercially. In the 1970s and 1980s, commercial plantations began to produce large quantities of tea tree oil from Melaleuca alternifolia. Many of these plantations are located in New South Wales. Since the 1970s and 80s, the industry has expanded to include several other species for their extracted oil: Melaleuca armillaris and Melaleuca styphelioides in Tunisia and Egypt;
The Melaleuca alternifolia tree received the name Tea Tree from eighteenth-century sailors, who made teas that smelled like nutmeg from the leaves of the (Tea) tree.
Botanical Name : Melaleuca alternifolia
Family : Myrtaceae
Country of Origin : Australia
Extraction Method : Steam distilled
Plant Part Used : Leaves
Note : Mid to Top note
Aroma : Spicy , Warm , Herbal , Minty
Color : Pale yellow
Blends well With : th characteristic woody, camphoraceous notes.Blends With: Cinnamon Bark, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Rosewood, Rosemary and Thyme.
Shelf Life : 4 – 5 Years
- Possible skin sensitizer
- Old or oxidized oil should be avoided
- A maximum dermal use level of 15% is recommended
- A patch test should be performed before use for those with sensitive skin.
- For topical application don’t use directly on skin, dilute with a carrier oil
- Discontinue use if skin sensitivity occurs
- Add 4-5 drops for Diffusing
- Don’t ingest
- Keep out of reach of children , Avoid using if pregnant or nursing