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 distinct types of rosalina oil produced in Australia. The wild harvested botanical from the southern geographical origin shows improved genetics with marginal linalool content and higher cineole content; while its northern, plantation-produced oil shows vice versa characteristics. The southern rosalina also reveals a variegated chemical composition. Both these varieties are produced by one of the biggest names and the world’s largest suppliers of rosalina. The producer has successfully established additional plantations which have now started producing oil, and follows strict compliances for producing the northern (linalool type) oil. The growing areas were reeling under the effects of drought which hindered the procurement of biomass. Production this year is significantly lowered by the drought with only 300 kgs available in stock with the producer.
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