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New Zealand Tea Tree


New Zealand Tea Tree

New Zealand Tea Tree

Leptospermum scoparium or more commonly known in New Zealand as “tea tree” is “manuka” in the Maori language. The term sometimes includes the “kanuka” or Leptospermum/Kunzia ericoides.

An antibiotic agent was discovered in the leaves of Leptospermone. The plant was first known as Tea Tree by the exploratory team of Cook and Banks which recognized the plant and recognized its use when they were docked in Mercury Bay off the Purangi River in 1769. The prime manufacturer of Manuka Tea is the Purangi Estate Limited.


They derive the precious extract completely from entirely uncontaminated and naturally occurring manuka which grows on the company’s property on Coombe Hill which adjoins the Purangi River at New Zealand’s Mercury Bay. A new method of extraction has been employed that enables the retention of certain characteristics of the plant such as fragrance and flavor. This item is sold as a food product in strict accordance with New Zealand Food Act and Regulations.

Tea Tree from New Zealand is not to be confused with Tea Tree from Australia which is extracted from the Meleleuca Alternifolia, a native plant of Australia which is grown in Australian plantations.


Another Tea Tree Oil producer in New Zealand, also located in Mercury Bay, is the Coromandel Mountains Tea Tree Oil Company Limited. They in turn extract the oil from unsprayed or uncultivated and naturally occurring plants by a natural method which does not require heat treatment or crushing.

Extracted tea tree oil contains over a hundred elements and can be used in the field of medicine. Undiluted or full strength oil is utilized for relieving stiffness and pain in joints, muscles, and limbs as well as for topical or skin use for the treatment of acne, cold sores and boils. The kanuka oil’s low density allows for the extract’s penetration through tissue. Immediate relief from pain stays on for some time and several weeks for joint stiffness.


Tea tree oil dilutions may be employed to treat gaping wounds and as a mouthwash for mouth and throat infections.

The foremost research conducted on kanuka’s and manuka’s therapeutic properties had been done by Professor IR Dr D.F.Merz Agr.Sc., who had been formerly a faculty member of Hamilton’s Waikato University.

He directed and supervised the Tea Tree Oil Project of New Zealand now manufacturing the Coromandel Mountains Tea Tree Oil Co. Ltd.'s oil of New Zealand. His findings supported this product’s therapeutic properties as proclaimed by the Ministry of Health’s Therapeutics Section in New Zealand.
The New Zealand Red Tea Tree asymmetrically grows with abundant flourishing along the whole branch. All the leaves of Tea Trees in New Zealand antibacterial properties and have been employed through the years in Australia medicinally.

For those who would like light, pastel colored plants, there is the Pink New Zealand Tea Tree.


Its flowers flourish in a variety of colors ranging from hot pink, light pink, and white. The Red New Zealand Tea Tree leaves can be boiled in water to infuse a flavorsome yet unusual tea.



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