Melaleuca oil, commonly known as tea tree oil, is an essential oil obtained from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia. The oil itself contains up to 92 different components and ranges in color from clear to pale yellow. The plant can grow like a shrub or as a tree and is characterized by fresh, camphor-like smell. It is native to Northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia and to Southeast Queensland.
Back in the 1920s, an Australian researcher named Arthur Penfold studies many different native extracted oils which encouraged him to commence the commercial tea tree industry. While there are eight species of tea tree grown for their oil, Melaleuca alternifolia is commercially the most important.
Melaleuca is widely known for its potent purifying properties. The Australian Aboriginals used to ceush the leaves and inhale the vapors in order to promote a sensation of clearer airways.This post was originally published on this site