One single product, ‘Tea Tree Melaleuca alternifolia Oil’ alerted early European settlers who pioneered the far north coast of NSW and became aware of this miracle antiseptic when they observed native aboriginals using crushed leaves applied to wounds, insect bites and skin disorders.
In the early 1900’s more sophisticated European methods of extraction commenced by the use of steam distillation, allowing the oil to be bottled for distribution to other areas.
World demand quickly evolved and a new industry was born. However, supply was limited as this unique species only grew in wetland areas in this harsh environment called the ‘Bungawalbyn Valley Basin’. Whilst similar botanical species grew in other locations, none could be compared with or provide the multipurpose anti microbial and anti fungal activity produced from the now identified botanical species Melaleuca alternifolia.
Now after 100 years of competing with synthetic antiseptics and anti fungal medication, tea tree oil has outperformed and maintained its identity as the safest, natural and affordable product available for mankind.
Attempts to grow the species outside the ‘Bungawalbyn Valley Basin’ cannot reproduce the overall ecological chemistry. This includes, temperature, native companion trees and grass that influence mulch nutrition, soil types, climatic conditions, vital trace elements and minerals contained in the overall wetland system, rendering it virtually impossible to duplicate.
Following this ‘Miracle in a Bottle’ discovery, people involved in ‘Complementary Medicine’, herbalists and those with scientific agricultural qualifications were required for educational, analytic and research divisions to ensure the success of this new and exciting industry.