The chemical composition of Tea Tree oil is defined by the International Standard for Tea Tree oil (ISO 4730:1996) entitled “Oil of Melaleuca terpinen-4-ol type”. This specifies levels of 15 of the more than 100 components in pure Australian tea tree oil. See Tea Tree Oil Certificate of Analysis for more details.
If Tea Tree oil is being used for its proven properties such as antimicrobial activity, then it is important to use the oil that meets the Standard, since this is the type of oil which has been studied and characterised most fully. Melaleuca has been researched since the 1920s before the advent of synthetic antibiotics. The growing popularity of natural plant products amidst the realities of resistance to antibiotics has led to major investment into research. True Blue Organics is using this research and combining it with certified organic sustainable methods of production.
Melaleuca Versus ManukaWe chose to grow Melaleuca alternifolia as it is versatile, adaptable, indestructible, extremely well researched, and with better overall antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral activity. The manuka growing on the West Coast has not proven to be high in antibacterial characteristics, although it is high in the middle esters – methyl geranate, methyl cinnamate and geranyl acetate which give it a lovely floral aroma. Other reasons are: no Standard for manuka or kanuka to conform to ; issues of native plant protection rights over commercial production and development; much longer distillation time and lower yield.
Essential oil is a bit like wine; the terroir, or particular aspects of the land, influences the quality and characteristics of essential oil – aspects such as soil, shelter, the lie of the land, heat, rainfall, time of harvest and how closely the plants are grown together.
Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, writing in his book “Medical Aromatherapy”, has made some interesting comments regarding Standards in essential oils.
“Essential oils may be impossible to standardise because they reflect the intrinsic variability of nature …..essential oils should be as rich and complex as they are when they come out of the still. Seasonal or yearly variations (or variations originating from different distillation processes) should be permitted because they are the legitimate expression of the regional geographic and climatic influences as well as the interaction of the grower with nature in crafting the oil.”
Our main product is the pure Tea Tree essential oil which is the base ingredient for all True Blue Products. Tea Tree oil enjoys a rich history and while there is a wide list of established uses, the main categories are skincare, aromatherapy and antibacterial cleaning.
The oil is packaged in 5ml, 12ml, 30ml blue glass bottles which keep out the light to protect the original quality of the oil. It is also available in larger quantities on demand.
True Blue Organics oil is currently sold in bulk to organic dairy farmers, Aromatherapists, soap and skin care manufacturers, and is an ingredient in a natural Sandfly repellent.
It is a marvellous mobile disinfectant. I had a severe scratch from rescuing my sister’s cat and the tropical Thailand weather is difficult to heal sores – dabbing Tea Tree oil on the area resulted in a slow but clean healing over 3 weeks.
I use the Tea Tree oil on my nose every day to battle coughs and colds. I can hold them at bay by doing this – the first winter I have not got a heavy cold. I tell you I am a good advert for your wonderful product!’
I have trialled it extensively, mainly on my son. He’s the best guinea pig as he always has so many bugs, cuts and thistles whilst shearing. He has had a dreadful outbreak of ‘wool boils’. I don’t know the correct medical term for them but wool handlers and shearers handling wet wool especially get these nasty infected areas like boils but they won’t pop. The Tea Tree oil cleared them up within hours.
The next time we used it was when he had been shearing very thistly sheep so he developed an area over both arms of inflammation and infections. Again, sure enough it cleared up after showering and use of the oil and went from a hot inflamed area to normal.
A big infected area on his jaw was the result of an infected hair follicle (after shearing and being hot all day). This area was about 2-3 inches across and very inflamed. It was cured overnight! Normally these are drained surgically and packed and need antibiotics.’
Zensi has also had her first experience with the Tea Tree oil and has used it in many situations such as to cure a very bad coughing (by massaging the oil on the thorax) or to heal the bites of mosquitoes and as a fantastic means of aid against headache. We have given the oil also to friends of us and they reported back good results with curing coughs and colds by inhalation applications against sore throat.’
– Zensi & Stefan