Honey Myrtle Essential Oil Melaleuca teretifolia, endemic to the south west of Western Australia, is a hardy plant belonging to the myrtle family, Myrtaceae.
Honey Myrtle is a shrub with long, thin leaves and clusters of usually white flowers along considerable lengths of the branches appearing in late spring and summer.
Honey Myrtle Essential Oil is steam distilled from the leaves and twigs of the plant which grows in plantation style on properties in the mid south of Western Australia. This type of planting can be referred to as Tree Farming with integrated plantings like these making a diverse income for farmers.
Currently, there is no other Honey Myrtle resource grown for essential oil anywhere in Australia. It is of high quality and known to be boutique, which makes supply tight at times.
In December 2015 a large fire in the region decimated the Honey Myrtle and only several plants survived. Seed has been collected from these plants to ensure of a new crop and with clever nurturing they have regenerated well. A phenomenon about much of the Australian indigenous plants, specifically the myrtaceaes, is that they regenerate well after a burn or prune. Although this regional fire did a lot of damage to communities, fire plays an important role in keeping the Australian indigenous flora species healthy.
Research is ongoing with Aromatherapists into the aromatherapy properties of Honey Myrtle. It has been found to be a volatile oil so must never be applied to the skin without a solubiliser. The oil carries a warning that it may cause skin and eye irritation.
The aroma of Honey Myrtle is sweet and spicy with a cineole back note.
Keep in a cool place below 30°, out of the reach of children, do not ingest and if using on the skin, apply with a carrier oil.
Major compounds in Honey Myrtle: Aromatic Hydrocarbons,including Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Cineole, Limonene and Linalool