Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Botanical Name: Melaleuca alternifolia
- Country of Origin: Australia
- Distillation Method: Steam
- Cultivation: Certified Organic
100% pure Tea Tree essential oil is steam distilled from Certified Organically grown Australian Tea Tree leaves. For the greatest efficacy in therapeutic applications it is important that Tea Tree oil in particular be fresh and have a significant percentage of terpinene-4-ol – the Australian standard is a minimum of 30%.
About the plant
Native to Australia, the common name 'tea tree' used for some species of Leptospermum is derived from the practice of early Australian settlers soaking the leaves in boiling water to make an herbal tea rich in ascorbic acid (Vitamin C). The Tea Tree typically reaches only 7-10 feet tall and has constantly exfoliating bark and fragrant evergreen leaves.
About the oil
Tea tree essential oil is distilled from the leaves of what appears as a tall grass.
- This Tea Tree essential oil has a fresh, pungent and herbaceous top note, a slightly spiced medicinal and camphoraceous middle note and a balsamic, earthy undertones.
The Aborigines in northeastern New South Wales have used Tea Tree oil as a healing herb for many generations. A poultice of the leaves is commonly used to help with skin infections, cuts and wounds due to it's antibacterial and antifungal properties. In 1923, an Australian government scientist, Dr. A. R. Penfold, conducted a study of Tea Tree essential oil and discovered it to be 12 times more potent as an antiseptic bactericide than carbolic acid (the standard medical solution at the time). Tea Tree oil became recognized, according to the British Medical Journal in 1933, as "...a powerful disinfectant, non-poisonous and non-irritating”.
Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature (for educational purposes only)
Analgesic, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anti-infectious, Antimicrobial, Antiparasitic, Antiviral, Cicatrisant, Expectorant, Stimulant (immune and nervous system), Sudorific, Vulnerary.
- Insect repellent
- Soothes insect bites
- Fights athlete's foot fungus
- Can combat and heal acne
- Can heal warts
- Combats dandruff
- Soothes and repairs burns and blisters
- Can be effective against various burns
- Effective anti-depressant
- Combats Candida
- Can help with herpes outbreaks
- Targets vaginitis and cystitis
- Effective relief of asthmatic symptoms
- Can quell bronchitis, and laryngitis
- Fights sinusitis and whooping cough
- Strengthens lung function
- Increases blood flow to the brain (can be beneficial to memory capacity)
- Strengthens and tones the heart
- Fights infections (bacterial, viral and fungal) without harming healthy tissue
- Helps with mouth, gum and lip issues such as herpes and canker sores
- Combats mouth ulcerations and infections
Application and Use
- Tea Tree oil is a non-toxic, non-irritant but may cause skin sensitization in some individuals. Therefore, always test an area with a small amount before liberal application. If pregnant or breast-feeding, please consult a physician before use.
1% or less - Children, infants, (2-6 drops per ounce of carrier oil)
1.5% - during pregnancy, added in face creams, emotional uses, elderly (9 drops per ounce of carrier oil)
2.5% - general massage work, stronger skin care (15 drops per ounce of carrier oil)
5% - Treatment massage, localized treatment work, wound healing (30 drops per ounce of carrier oil)
- Monoterpenols 43.66%
- Monoterpenes 41.86%
- Sesquiterpenes 10.06%
- 4-terpineol 39.75%
- gamma terpinene 21.77%
- alpha terpinene 10.75%
- terpinolene 3.66%
- eucalyptol 3.64%