Latin Name: Melaleuca teretifolia
Method of Extraction: Steam distilled
A unique, newly released West Australian essential oil with a beautiful, light citral scent. The oil is harvested and steam distilled from Melaleuca teretifolia (marsh honey myrtle), a small tree. The Paperbark Co has conducted research with Wollongbar University and a joint paper (I.A. Southwell, M.F. Russell, R. L. Smith, J.J. Brophy, and J. Day, Melaleuca teretifolia Chemovars: New Australian Sources of Citral and 1.8-Cineole. Journal of Essential Oil Research 2002, 14, in press.) has been written about this exciting new oil. The oil has the highest aldehyde (neral and geranial) content of all Melaleucas, and has significant perfumery and therapeutic potential. The oil contains 65-72% of the monoterpene aldehydes neral and geranial (similar to the percentages in Melissa) and one would swear the oil contained large amounts of citral or citronellal from Melissa or Citronella, but there is a warm, honey like undertone that lends richness to the aroma. This oil is sedative and calming to the central nervous system, and anti-inflammatory. Research shows most aldehydes to have the most pronounced effect at low concentrations (1% or less). Aldehydes show effect on fungus infections and neral and geranial are anti-infectious. Honey Myrtle also contains a high percentage of monoterpene hydrocarbons, adding antiviral and antiseptic properties to the oil.