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Tea Tree Oil from Australia Essential Oil Profile

(from Aromatherapy Course – Home & Family with therapeutic additions)

by Jeanne Rose

Paper Bark Tree - no other common name
Melaleuca alternifolia (Maiden & Betche) Cheel, Family Myrtaceae
(refers to black trunk and white branches and alternate leaves on the stem)

DESCRIPTION An evergreen tree, up to 4-7 m with a spread of 4 m, native to the northern coastal area of New South Wales. White flowers from spring to early summer, with leaves that are alternate, lance-shaped and narrow to a point (acuminate).

Steam Distillation— Leaves & Terminal Branches

A slightly yellow to colorless oil, clear through, non-viscous and watery, not intense odor (4 on a scale of 1-10), the scent is herbaceous, green and celery-like with subsidiary notes of wood, fungal earth and back notes of camphor and spice. Dry down is herbaceous, camphoraceous and fungal. Taste is mild.

Specific Gravity — 0.89 - .91
Refractive Index — 1.47 - 1.48
Optical Rotation — +5° to 15°
Solubility w/ethanol — clear sol'n 1 EO • 2 vol. 85%
Moisture Content— no visible water

36.6% terpinene-4-ol
22.0% -terpinene
11.4% -Pinene
6.1% 1,8-cineole (up to 30% acceptable with over 30% terpinene-4-ol present)
3.6% terpinolene
Varying amounts, up to 3% of -Pinene, Para-cymene, limonene, -Terpineol, aromadendrene, viridiflorene and -cadinene

Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, an immune stimulant, expectorant, mild local analgesic, organic solvent and parasiticide.

A large spectrum of action. Used externally on skin for acne, sores, cuts, used internally for respiratory problems, bacteria and parasites in the gut and vagina, used by inhalation for problems of the sinus, throat and lungs. It is used in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, flavor and fragrance.


DISCLAIMER: This work is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for accurate diagnosis and treatment by a qualified health care professional. The author is neither a chemist nor a medical doctor. The content herein is the product of research and some personal and practical experience. Institute of Aromatic & Herbal Studies - Jeanne Rose©

Source: This is one of the essential oils in the Basic 25 Kit and in the Aromatherapy Travel Kit.

Essential Oil Profiles were by compiled Dawn Copeland of Chicago, Ill. with permission.

Elliott and Jones. Encyclopedia of Australian Plants 5
Franchomme & Penoël . Aromatherapie
Rose, Jeanne . The Aromatherapy Studies Course, CH. 14. 1999. ——. 375 Essential Oils & Hydrosols. Frog. 1999.
     private communications.
Rose, Jeanne . Herbal Studies Course/ Jeanne Rose, Institute of Aromatic & Herbal Studies, 1992.
Rose, Jeanne. The Aromatherapy Book: Applications & Inhalations. San Francisco, California:
Worwood, Susan & Valerie Ann. Essential Aromatherapy, a pocket guide to essential oils and Aromatherapy.
     Novato, CA. New World Library, 2003.

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