Tea Tree Essential Oil is derived and steam distilled from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia tree. Each Tea Tree leaf contains tiny sacs that secrete the oil, and Tea Tree Essential Oil is extracted through the steam distillation of the biomass consisting of Tea Tree leaves and twigs. Due to the speed with which they grow, Tea Trees can be harvested just two years after they are planted.
The quality and quantity of the oil produced from Tea Tree leaves depend on the time of year that the leaves are cut and harvested;
The oil is a completely natural substance which cannot be reproduced, hence why it is so highly valued for its healing properties.
The essential oil of the Tea Tree has been used for decades, and medical studies have documented its advantages as a beneficial aid in eliminating bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
HISTORY AND BENEFITS OF TEA TREE
Native to Australia, and long used by Aboriginal peoples, Tea tree was a surprising discovery for Captain James Cook, who landed on the continent in 1770. From that point, Tea Tree’s reputation as a potent medicine spread among colonists. Formal scientific study of the Tea Tree was begun in the early 20th century.
Recent studies have shown that, among other things, Tea Tree is more effective than commercial medications against the scabies mite (in an in vitro solution), and has shown effectiveness against MRSA, the antibiotic-resistant superbug that sometimes infects hospitalized patients whose immune systems have been compromised.