The name derives from its aboriginal source where the leaves of the plant were brewed into a herbal tea. In modern aromatherapy Tea Tree is one of the most widely used oils. Has an affinity with the skin and the immune system. Often blended with Lavender to sweeten the scent, it is also widely used in certain hair preparations for children.
Source: Melaleuca alternifolia is native to Australia and all the oil is produced there.
Extraction: Tea Tree essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and twigs of the shrub.
Aroma: Tea Tree essential oil has as spicy, hot, nutmeg-like, medicinal smell.
Uses: Massage, baths, inhalation, vaporisation, poultice and may be added to a base emollient.
Diluted one part essential oil to nine parts carrier oil, it makes an instant home first-aid kit.
Apply to cuts, burns, spots, stings, blisters, dandruff and nappy rash.
Blends well with: Basil, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Chamomile German, Clary Sage, Clove, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Oakmoss, Oregano, Peppermint, Pine, Ravensara, Rosemary, Thyme and Ylang Ylang.
Caution: Tea tree essential oil is perfectly safe for home use as long as it is diluted properly before application.