With roughly 250 species, Melaleuca is most typically found in Australia. Melaleuca oil, or Tea Tree oil, is extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca shrubs or trees, which have a strong aroma when rubbed. Melaleuca essential oil is produced through the process of steam distillation where steam and pressure are used to release chemical components from the plant—pulling out the essential oil.
Fun Fact: Bungwalbin Creek in Australia is surrounded by Australian tea trees and is held sacred by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As the sticky tea tree oil leaves fell into the creek, they created waters that natives still consider “magical waters” today.
Chemistry of Tea Tree Oil
Main Chemical Components: Terpinen-4-ol, y-terpinene
The chemical makeup of Tea Tree oil proves why the oil is so useful topically for cleansing and aromatically for uplifting purposes. The main chemical constituents of Melaleuca are terpinen-4-ol, gamma-terpinene, and alpha-terpinene. Terpinen-4-ol is a monoterpenoid alcohol, and gives Tea Tree oil its toning or harmonizing aromatic characteristics. Gamma-terpinene and alpha-terpinene are monoterpenes
, which are known to be uplifting when diffused.
Oils that blend well with Tea Tree oil
Because Tea Tree has an herbaceous, green aroma, it blends well with other invigorating and refreshing essential oils like Peppermint
, or Lemon
Where to Buy Tea Tree Oil
If you are looking for Tea Tree oil
, visit our Melaleuca page to see how to order. When shopping for Tea Tree oil, you’ll want to ensure that the oil you choose is pure and high quality, in order to obtain the best benefits. Each doTERRA essential oil, including Melalueca, is responsibly sourced, tested, and produced in a way that guarantees a high quality grade.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.