Melaleuca oil or tea tree oil, is an essential oil that comes from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia.
This oil contains 92 different compounds and can be yellow or clear.The plant is found in Southeast Queensland and the Northeast coast of New South Wales, Australia. The plant is said to have a fresh smell and can grow to the size of a shrub or tree. Its name “tea tree”, started when Capt. James Cook, infused melaleuca leaves into water to substitute tea, In the 1770’s.
The crushed leaves would even be placed on wounds as a bandage to provide cooling relief. Its been discovered too, that melaleuca can benefit the skin and nails, and protect your home from pests. When consumed, melaleuca can strengthen the immune system.