May 8, 2005 — Tea Tree Oil — a key component of two of Biomors products, Timor and Timorex, is a steam-distilled essential oil of Melaleuca alternifolia, an Australian plant that contains more than 100 components. One of these products is Tea Tree Oil (TTO), a volatile essential oil that is derived mostly from the Australian native plant Melaleuca alternifolia. There is negligible amounts of natural occurring essential oils found in Melaleuca alternifolia leaf, which has been historically used for making tea, while Tea Tree Essential Oil is concentrated and may cause poisoning. May 22, 2004 — Tea tree oil is one of the most impressive antiseptics and disinfectants found in nature.
Tea tree oil has a fascinating history, and has come back into prominence once more as a natural alternative to pharmaceutical solutions, recommended and used as a antifungal and antiseptic treatment for athletes feet and other skin problems. According to the European Medicines Agencys Committee for Herbal Medicines (CHMP), traditional use suggests that tea tree oil is a reasonable treatment for small superficial wounds, insect bites, and small boils, that it can help to lessen the itching of mild cases of athletes foot, and helps to alleviate minor inflammation in the lining of the mouth.
The oil has been used as a healing treatment for nearly 100 years in Australia, especially in skin conditions. This essential oil has been used for nearly 100 years in Western Australia, but is now available around the world, either as an undiluted oil or an active ingredient in a range of products. Its essential oils are easily accessible on the market and may safely be used in external applications.
In another study, it was found to be just as effective as benzoyl peroxide, the chemical compound used in top-of-the-line acne medications. Chemist Arthur Penfold found tea tree essential oil 13 times stronger than carbolic acid, a common disinfectant used in the 1920s.
Commercial tea tree oil production began in Australia in the 1920s, after chemist Arthur Penfold began studying tea trees for their qualities. Tea tree oil had been used for years by indigenous Australians prior to 1920, when Arthur Penfold began to market it. The commercial tea tree oil industry emerged in the 1920s, when the Australian chemist Arthur Penfold investigated the commercial potential of several indigenously extracted oils; he reported tea tree oil had promise, because it showed antiseptic properties.
The essential oil industry for tea trees began in the 1920s, as newcomers to the region began to recognise the therapeutic qualities of tea tree oil, with major commercial plantings beginning in Australia during the 1970s and 1980s. Aboriginal peoples used to crush the leaves of the tea plant in order to extract the tea tree oil. The Bundjalung People are believed to have used tea trees as traditional medicine over many years, using it in various ways including breathing in oil from crushed leaves for coughs and colds, applying leaves on wounds as a poultice, as well as making a brew from the leaves for a tea to treat strep throat, or applying it on the skin for small wounds, scratches, and insect bites and stings.
First used in Australia by Aboriginal peoples to treat skin infections, tea tree oil has a history that dates back far before James Cook arrived on the scene. Tea tree oil became a home medicine in many Australian homes, and was a vital component in every Australian soldiers toolkit in WWII, and this is likely how word of the properties and effectiveness of tea tree oil was transmitted to the rest of the world. While you should not follow Captain James Cooks example and make tea with the leaves–it could be poisonous when taken internally–tea tree essential oil has a number of uses for cleaning, soothing irritated skin, and encouraging deeper breathing. Dec 2004 – In fact, the European Unions Scientific Committee for Consumer Products (SCCP) announced, in an opinion adopted in December 2004, that the use of undiluted tea tree oil as a commercial product is unsafe. These properties place tea tree oil, possibly unintentionally, in competition with pharmaceutical medicines, but also directly at risk of being directly endangered by drug-inspired regulations.