Essential Tea Tree Oil

  • Essential Oil
  • Botanical name: Melaleuca alternifolia
  • Plant part: Leaves
  • Manufacturing process: Steam distillation
  • Scent: Medical, balsamic, intensive
  • Cosmetic use: Acne, impure, oily skin, dandruff, body odor
  • Goes with: Cloves, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, pine, rosemary, thyme.


The Australian Tea Tree is mainly cultivated in New South Wales. It is an evergreen shrub or tree, grows up to 7 m tall and has a bushy crown. The tea tree is a hermaphrodite, which means that it has both female and male genitals.

Extraction of essential tea tree oil

Essential tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves by steam distillation and has a clear color. 50 kilograms of the leaves make one litre of oil.

Cosmetic use of essential tea tree oil

Essential tea tree oil has a strong healing effect and is known for its particularly antiseptic properties. It relieves acne and skin infections and fights dandruff and oily hair. Tea tree oil also has a strong deodorizing effect and prevents body odor.

Buying & using essential tea tree oil – what to consider?

The essential oil can be slightly irritating and should not be applied to very sensitive skin.