Latin Name : Melaleuca Alternifolia
Part of Plant Used : Leaves & Twigs
Source : Australia
Extraction Method : Steam Distillation
In early times, it seems the leaves of this tree were infused to make tea, which is how the name came into being. Tea Tree Essential Oil is the concentrated liquid compounds steam distilled from the leaves of the tree Melaleuca alternifolia, which is native to the northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia. The oil is claimed to have valuable antiseptic and anti-fungal properties due to constituents called terpenoids, and is used in many personal care products and medicines today.
Tea tree oil is said to be good for relieving congestion, cold, cough and flu. It has been used to heal acne, fungal infections, dandruff, vaginal infections, haemorrhoids, athlete's foot, and is believed to soothe aching muscles and joint injuries. When added to bath water it helps control bacteria.
Tea tree oil is usually used only on adults and must be kept away from children and pets. Don't use it if you're pregnant or lactating. Though it is advisable not to ingest any essential oil, it is especially important not to ingest tea tree oil as it is kown to be poisonous if swallowed.
The tea tree has been known for its medicinal properties since ancient times in eastern Australia. The Australian aborigines are known to have used the crushed leaves to heal cuts, burns, sores, and infections for hundreds of years. They inhaled the oils from the crushed leaves to relieve coughs and colds and infused the leaves and made tea to soothe sore throats. They sprinkled the oil on wounds and applied a poultice over it. It was between 1920 and 1930 that the essential oil of this tree began to be known and used for its antimicrobial properties in Europe.
Ancient Wisdom has been sourcing and bottling essential oils for over 22 years and studiously selects all of its oils, which are more often than not bought from primary sources. All oils are tested for purity and subjected to rigorous quality control standards. Organic oils are derived from plants that are not grown using pesticides, fertilizers or other chemicals.
Please note that essential oils, while delightful, versatile and generally wonderful, are also very concentrated and contain active ingredients. They should not be ingested, be kept out of the reach of children and animals and diluted before use. Some have specific contraindications, and some should be avoided during pregnacy. The information on this website is for guidance only. It is not medical advice. We strongly recommend looking up the uses, properties and contraindications of the oils you intend to use. Also please consult a trained aromatherapist, medical practitioner, or other practitioner skilled in the use of essential oils if you are looking to treat a specific condition.