Tea tree oil is derived from leaves of tea tree through steam distillation.
Tea tree oil is derived from leaves of tea tree through steam distillation. The essential oil is also known as Melaleuca oil, it is colorless to pale yellow colored liquid that constitutes of fresh fragrance like camphor. Botanically, Tea tree is known as Melaleuca alternifolia and is native of South Wales and Australia. Tea tree belongs to the Magnoliophyta division of Myrtales which is the order of the Myrtaceae family. The tall shrub grows along streams of swampy flats. Tea tree has leaves which are linear, long and wide. It bears flowers in a spike of 3- 5 cm long and bears small woody, cup-shaped fruits.
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