For centuries the leaves of the Melaleuca tree were native to Australia and used by Aborigines as a remedy for quite a number of ailments. For instance, aboriginal people would crush the leaves of the Melaleuca tree and apply the oily residue to the skin to receive a cooling effect. They would also inhale the scent of the crushed leaves in order to promote a sensation of clearer breathing.
Although ancient peoples may have believed that the oil carried with it magical powers, science has helped us to understand why this powerful oil would be considered magical. The 92 different natural compounds in Tea Tree Oil are what make it useful and beneficial when applied topically, ingested internally, or diffused into the air with a cool mist humidifier.
In this day and age we don’t have to crush the actual Tea Tree leaves to access the benefits of this oil as the ancients might have done. Instead, we are provided with doTerra Melaleuca Oil conveniently extracted through the steam distillation process and bottled for convenience, consistency, and safety.