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tea tree

(te´ tre″) a tree, Melaleuca alternifolia, native to eastern Australia, from whose leaves and branches tea tree oil is obtained.

tea tree

n.
1. A melaleuca tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) of Australia whose leaves yield an oil used in cosmetics and for medicinal purposes.
2. Any of various evergreen shrubs or small trees of the genus Leptospermum, native to Southeast Asia and Australasia, having showy flowers and small needlelike leaves formerly used to make a tealike beverage.

tea tree

Melaleuca spp.

tea treetea tree oil
a volatile oil from Melaleuca spp. used widely in topical preparation, including pet shampoos, for its antiseptic and insect repellent properties.
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Indigenous only to northern New South Wales, the tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) was originally regarded as a weed and was rooted up to clear the ground for grazing cattle.
By the 1940s, synthetic products were in production but it wasn't until the 70s that natural tea tree oil was rediscovered by the founders of the Thursday Plantation, an organisation that pioneered its commercial production in Australia.
MANY cosmetic firms use tea tree in hair and skin care products.
The Medical Journal of Australia reported on a comparative study of tea tree and benzoyl peroxide, a commonly used chemical acne treatment.
If you have oily skin and spots, tea tree is the ideal solution.
TEA tree not only helps control oily skin, it makes an excellent hair-conditioning treatment and helps maintain a healthy scalp by controlling sebum production.