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Tea Tree History

Australian Body Care Tea Tree Oil is one of the most exciting essential oils in the world. It is only extracted from the tree called Melaleuca alternifolia, which is indigenous to Australia and only grows in a relatively small area on the Northern Rivers region of N.S.W., Australia.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) For several hundred years the Aborigines have used the antiseptic properties of Tea Tree Oil. Tea Tree Oil was named by Captain James Cook when he first visited Australia in the 18th century. In 1925 A.R. Penfold proved that 100% pure Melaleuca alternifolia oil (Tea Tree Oil) was 11 to 13 times stronger than the traditionally used antiseptic of the time called carbolic acid (phenol).

In the contrary to phenol, Tea Tree Oil didn't burn the skin. It therefore quickly became the preferred household antiseptic in Australia. When Australia was forced into World War II, all supplies of Tea Tree Oil went to the Australian Army for use in the soldiers first aid kits.

From bush cutting the natural plant by hand early this century, the production of Tea Tree Oil has been developed into cultivated and mechanised harvesting in big commercial plantations.

This growth in supply has encouraged more and more companies to enter into further development of products using the properties of this amazing and useful essential oil.

Australian Bodycare is one of the companies in the Tea Tree industry leading this research into the 21st century.
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