The name tea tree is in fact a misnomer as the tree has no connection with tea plants. This name was given by Captain James Cook’s crew when they came across large areas while exploring North Eastern Australia in the 1770s. They drank the local brew made from Melaleuca alternifolia leaves and found the taste to be similar to tea and since these leaves came from small trees, it was called tea tree.
As with all fauna and flora designations, this is a Latin name. Mela means black, leuca means white, alterni means alternating and folia means leaves. The black and white refers to the look of the tree bark which resembles strips of paper that peel off naturally.
So Melaleuca alternifolia is a tree that looks black and white with alternating small leaves.
Melaleuca alternifolia leaf essential oil:
Melaleuca alternifolia leaf essential oil is the unique active ingredient in 98alive™.
Melaleuca Alternifolia Concentrate formula patented by 98 Alive™.
The name and logo reflects the 98 natural compounds identified in our refined oil. This lies at the heart of the product and explains the incredible breadth of its applications. The word ‘alive’ describes the beneficial impact of this product on people – it improves immune health and general wellbeing.