Also known as Lavender Tea Tree, Rosalina is part of the Australian Melaleuca family. Originally referred to as 'Swap Paperbark', Melaleuca ericifolia is a small tree growing to 7-9 metres with narrow leaves. It also has identifiable 3cm cream bottlebrush flowers appearing during the spring and summer.
Rosalina has existed in the aromatherapy markets for around 20 years, having first been identified in the 1950s, but a recent investment in cultivation around its natural growing areas has increased production and brought with it some new economies of scale. As a result, Rosalina is now finding its way into many new applications - and why not?
There are many body care and personal care products in the market combining the scent and benefits of lavender and tea tree, yet this special oil offers both the linalool and 1,8 cineole components that highlight those respective oils. Typically, linalool is found at concentration levels of 45% and 1,8 cineole around 20%.
Combining these attributes makes rosalina a popular product in the aromatherapy / natural health markets. Topically applied it is known to offer good antiseptic benefits, helps with respiratory problems, and is calming and soothing. It is also a gentle oil so is good for use with children, sometimes referred to as 'soft tea tree'.
There are two specific varieties of Rosalina, Northern and Southern. The northern variants show an increased linalool and lower cineole content. As we travel southwards, the southern geographical sourced genetics display a contrasting rise in cineole with considerably decreased linalool component. Southern Rosalina is a wild harvest, and has proved to have a very mixed and varying chemical composition.
Rosalina production is small at present. Not only does GGN hold the major supply, but also the foremost position as the largest global supplier of Rosalina. Some more plantations are under way. 2020 is earmarked as a landmark year, when most of the areas of production will come online. Most of the plantation processing is located in northern regions with the wild harvested material available in the southern part. GGN implements strict standards for the Northern Rosalina. This year, the drought has adversely affected the biomass production resulting in damage. There is around 300 Kg of oil in stock but efforts are on to enlarge volumes.
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