Tea-tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is a yellowish colored essential oil that is made from the leaves of the plant Melaleuca alternifolia (native to Australia).
Tea-tree oil and tea oil are completely different products. Tea oil is the sweet seasoning and cooking oil from pressedCamellia sinensis (beverage tea plant), or the tea oil plantCamellia oleifera.
Tea tree oil (TTO) or melaleuca oil, is an essential oil with a fresh camphoraceous odor and a color that ranges from pale yellow to nearly colorless and clear, it is taken from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, which is native to southeast Queensland and the northeast coast of new south wales, Australia. Tea tree oil should not be confused with tea oil, the sweet seasoning and cooking oil from pressed seeds of the tea plant camellia sinensis (beverage tea) or the tea oil plant camellia oleifera.
Tea tree oil is toxic when taken by mouth, but is widely used in low concentrations in consmetics and skin washes. Tea tree oil has been claimed to be useful for treating a wide variety of medical conditions. It shows some promise as anantimicrobial. Tea tree oil may be effective in a variety of dermatologic conditions including dandruff, acne, lice, herpes, and other skin infections.