Tea Tree Essential Oil from KwaZulu Botanicals in South Africa
Introducing the latest addition to our collection: the Tea Tree Essential Oil straight from KwaZulu Botanicals. This farm, nestled in the heart of South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province, has produced a household favorite essential oil. Tea Tree Essential oil is best known not only for its powerful antibacterial activity but also for its crisp and refreshing scent which is why we are thrilled to offer it to all of you!
Tea Tree (KwaZulu Botanicals)
Melaleuca alternifolia, or Tea Tree, is a true gift from the Australian tropics. This small evergreen adores balmy weather, which is why it flourishes in warm regions like its native tropical and subtropical swamplands. However, tea trees are not bound to their birthplace, and they readily thrive in the abundant sunshine and good soil found in selected areas of South Africa.
As a small tree, Tea Trees can reach up to about 7 meters high. With its unique whitish, papery bark and leaves that are beautifully arranged, it presents an attractive crown-like bush. The leaves are smooth and soft and measure up to 35mm in length and 1mm in width. But what makes this tree truly exceptional is its essential-oil-rich depositories. This versatile oil, with its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, is a natural go-to for a range of ailments, from acne to dandruff.
Tea Tree Essential Oil has gained popularity for its potential benefits in battling bacteria, fungus, and even mites. Its ability to reduce swelling can also help alleviate allergic skin reactions. Tea Tree Essential Oil has become a go-to solution for those seeking natural remedies.
How It’s Grown
At KwaZulu Botanicals, the tea tree nurturing process starts with the careful selection of seeds. Each seedling is tended to with great care in the nursery until it reaches six inches in height, where it is then transferred to a pot with the perfect environment to continue its growth. Once it reaches a height of one foot, it is then moved to the field where it can really flourish. The tea trees at KwaZulu are lucky enough to have both ideal weather conditions and top-quality soil, which are enhanced by their sustainable farming practices, such as using compost made from crop residues and manures, resulting in a higher carbon content in the soil that increases each year. KwaZulu Botanicals takes pride in their tea tree plants and it shows in their dedication to their nurturing process. Overall, KwaZulu's practices are not only responsible but yield excellent results.
Harvesting and Processing
Harvesting tea trees is a yearly task that is done entirely by hand. Within just a year and a half, the tea trees grow to an impressive height of 2 meters and develop a dense canopy. Skilled workers from KwaZulu Botanicals are chosen based on their work ethic and ability to work well with others in the field. Safety is of utmost importance on this farm, and each worker is trained in the proper and safe use of equipment. When the time comes for harvesting, the workers carefully remove the leaves until the tree is brought back down to just above the soil level. This allows for the tree to regenerate and continue producing exceptional tea leaves for years to come.
Tea tree oil production is a fascinating process that involves a series of carefully controlled steps. At the heart of this process is a distillation still, which steams the leaves for approximately 2 hours. The steam is then directed through a condenser causing an oil-water mixture to form. The essential oil is then separated from the water and collected using a specific technique, producing high-quality Tea Tree Essential Oil.
In conclusion, Tea Tree Essential Oils have remarkable benefits that make them a necessity in any wellness routine. From their natural anti-inflammatory properties that help to soothe and treat a variety of skin conditions, to their ability to promote healing and relaxation, tea tree essential oils offer a holistic approach to health and well-being.
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