Tea Tree Oil is an essential oil obtained from the steam distillation of the native Australian plant Melaleuca alternifolia. It has been used for thousands of years by Australian Aborigines as an effective treatment of various skin maladies. In the early twentieth century, a Sydney-based chemist, Dr. Arthur Penfold, discovered that tea tree essential oil was thirteen times stronger than carbolic acid – the standard at that time – as an antiseptic.
In 2014, Tea Tree Oil was approved by the European Medicines Agency as a Traditional Herbal Medicine, with four defined indications for use. Notably, three of the four indications involve the use of pure, undiluted Tea Tree Oil.
- For treatment of small superficial wounds and insect bites
- For treatment of small boils (furuncles and mild acne)
- For the relief of itching and irritation in cases of mild athlete´s foot
- For symptomatic treatment of minor inflammation of the oral mucosa
In Australia, the home of premium quality Tea Tree Oil, the Australian Tea Tree Industry Association (ATTIA) is a not-for-profit organization formed in 1986 as the peak body to promote and represent the interest of the Australian tea tree industry from the grower/producer of Australia Tea Tree Oil, through to the manufacturer of off-the-shelf products.
ATTIA aims to develop a stable, cohesive, environmentally friendly, and internationally competitive Tea Tree Oil industry producing quality assured Tea Tree Oil that meets or exceeds international standards.
Malaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil.