Tea tree oil, or melaleuca oil, is steam distiled from the leaves and twigs of the Melaleuca alternifolia shrub of the Myrtaceae family. It is a pale yellow color to nearly colorless and clear essential oil with a fresh camphoraceous, light spicy, rather pungent smell odour. There are over 100 components in tea tree oil, but the main chemical components of tea tree oil are a-pinene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, a-phellandrene, a-terpinene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, y-terpinene, p-cymene, terpinolene, linalool, terpinen-4-ol and a-terpineol. Tea tree oil contains 2.6% Cineole and 41.7 % Terpinen-4-ol. This tea tree oil is a uniquely defined combination of monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes and terpene alcohol’s with outstanding therapeutic properties. Light, heat, exposure to air, and moisture can affect TTO’s stability, so make sure to place it in an airtight container and store it in a dark, cool and dry place.
Tea tree oil can benefit the following skin conditions:
- Ring worm and athlete’s foot
- Softens corns
- Cuts and scrapes
- Itching of insect bites and chicken pox