Tea Tree | Latin Name: Melaleuca alternifolia | Family: Myrtaceae | Extraction: Distillation | Plant Part: Leaves & Twigs
A pale yellow liquid with a fresh antiseptic, camphorous odour.
It is a small elegant tree grows in Australia and is farmed specifically for its essential oil. Legend has it that the tree got its name when Captain Cook first discovered Australia and asked his crew members to make him a cup of tea with the leaves of the plant. Although the tea did not taste good, the name has stuck. The essential oil is distilled from the grey-green leaves. The trees must be at least 15 years old before it is ready to be used for essential oil production.