Tea Tree Oil South Africa Melaleuca alternifolia

  • Description

    Obtained by steam distillation from foliage and terminal branchlets of Melaleuca alternifolia.

    Tea tree grows naturally in South Africa but to date there are little in the way of commercial plantations. Much of the countries output is wild harvested and can be certified as organic. Some young plantations have started but output is relatively small on a global scale.

    From seed to harvest usually takes around 12-15 months and trees will grow to around 2 metres high. The tree is then cut from just above the ground and the leaves are steam distilled in a process that takes around 1.5-2.0 hours per batch of around 250 kilos. Tea tree will regenerate quickly and over the next 2-3 years will yield higher levels of oil each year and establish a stronger root network ensuring it becomes more resilient to adverse weather conditions. Some more mature trees can yield higher levels of 1,8-cineole, which is undesirable so re-planting can occur every 6-7 years.

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  • Product Details

    • Botanical name: Melaleuca alternifolia
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Crop Season: October - January
    • Plant/part used: Foliage/ Terminal Branchlets
    • Method of extraction: Steam-Distillation
    • TSCA CAS: 68647-73-41 / 85085-48-92
    • EINECS: 285-377-1
    • INCI Name: Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) leaf Oil
    • Appearance: Clear colorless to pale yellow mobile liquid
    • Organoleptic Properties: Powerful, Fresh, Warm, Spicy-earthy odour
    • Density: 0.885 – 0.906
    • Refractive index: 1.475 – 1.482
    • Optical rotation: +5° to +15°
    • Chemical constituents: 1,8-cineole, Terpinen-4-ol, Y-terpinene, Limonene, α-terpinene, α-terpineol
    • Uses:: Perfumery, Aromatherapy.
    • Fragrance usage:: max. 1% in finished product
    • Allergens:: Contains fragrance allergens
  • Latest Market Information April 4, 2019

    Tea tree continues to command its high levels of global demand. The market is expecting product shortages in 2019, especially for the organic material. The country has undertaken extensive plantings so hopefully product shortages will be eliminated over the next two years.

    Market price USD 38.00 /kilo
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