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In November 2012 Jerome Chopard presented "IMPROVED IDENTIFICATION METHODS FOR AUSTRALIAN TEA TREE OIL" to the IFEAT International Conference. More »»
Agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and building soil carbon in the tea tree industry will be the subject of a collaborative research program between Southern Cross University and the NSW Department of Primary Industries. More »»
Local agribusinesses and their industry associations are backing a scheme to train and recruit local people specifically for their industry. More »»
The benefits and potential of 100% pure Australian tea tree oil (an essential oil distilled from plantations of Melaleuca alternifolia) have been recognised for more than 70 years. Pure Australian tea tree oil is a natural essential oil and natural antiseptic, world renowned for its purity and quality. Tea tree oil has recognised antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties and is widely formulated into many cosmetic and personal care products including shampoos, creams, gels, acne control face-washes, hand-washes, vaginal pessaries, mouth-washes and other dental care products as well as being used as a topical antiseptic in its pure form on cuts, abrasions and insect stings. 100% pure Australian tea tree oil has also recently demonstrated new and exciting potential efficacy in the control of Golden Staph (Staphylococcus aureus) for both Methicillin (MRSA) and Vancomycin (VRSA) resistant strains. Further information and details of published research on MRSA control is available on Novasel Australia's website www.novabac.com demonstrating that their product is more effective than chlorhexidine and Triclosan in clearing MRSA from superficial skin sites and wounds.
Exciting new research into the anti-cancer activity of tea tree oil which was published in mid 2010 has found that a TTO formulation significantly inhibited the growth of cancerous tumours in mice and also regressed the tumours during and after the treatment period for a time. Only minor side effects (which appear to be important for topical chemotherapies to work effectively) were observed in the form of skin irritation which was temporary and cleared after a few days. For more information on the anti-cancer properties of tea tree oil please click here.
According to the report's co-author, Dr Sara Greay from The University of Western Australia, the findings are significant as the tumours being studied are highly aggressive.
Tea tree oil is widely accepted and used by most natural healthcare practitioners and aromatherapists for use in both human and some animal treatments.
The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) has been working closely with the Australian tea tree oil industry for more than a decade on the efficacy, safety and production of tea tree oil. Many research reports have now demonstrated tea tree oil’s effectiveness as an antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory agent. ATTIA and RIRDC have worked closely to develop a comprehensive safety dossier for tea tree oil. The results of this research are summarised in this report in order to make them accessible to a wide range of interested producers of tea tree oil and tea tree oil products, companies, regulatory authorities and researchers.
All ATTIA members subscribe to and support the ATTIA Code of Practice to ensure that quality standards as well as sound environmental practices are adhered to throughout the supply chain.
In Australia the home of premium-quality tea tree oil, ATTIA Ltd is a not-for-profit organisation formed in 1986 as the peak body to promote and represent the interests of the Australian tea tree industry from the grower/producer of Australian tea tree oil, through to the manufacturer of off-the-shelf products for public use. In doing this, ATTIA aims to develop a stable, cohesive, environmentally friendly and internationally competitive tea tree oil industry producing quality assured tea tree oil that meets or exceeds international standards.
ATTIA promotes the safe effective use of tea tree oil for a wide range of applications. Some details of the uses of tea tree oil for personal, veterinary, medical and other uses such as cleaning and disinfecting are available under About Tea Tree Oil
The Australian Tea Tree Industry Association is the national association representing participants in the tea tree oil industry. Our members include growers, processors, exporters and product manufacturers. We have an international associate membership of importers and manufacturers. Since 1982, we have promoted the production of tea tree oil as a long term sustainable crop using an Australian native plant. We are active in maintaining an Australian and International Standard for tea tree oil, and promote an industry-wide Code of Practice. Our membership accounts for about 95% of the Australian tea tree oil crop.
The Australian tea tree industry is one of the most environmentally aware and was also one of the first to adopt a policy that broadly embraces the principals of the ISO14000 environmental standards. ATTIA members must abide by this policy's stringent guidelines for the responsible production of clean, green tea tree oil and tea tree oil products. The composition of tea tree oil produced and marketed by all ATTIA members is determined by ISO 4730 (2004) and AS 2782-2009 Australian Standards [Oil of Melaleuca, terpinen-4-ol type].
Flowers of Melaleuca alternifolia
ATTIA continuously liaises with government and regulatory bodies in Australia and overseas and coordinates national industry-sponsored research. ATTIA also researches and compiles data on all aspects of tea tree oil production, manufacture and marketing and encourages all members to access this resource as required.
ATTIA's board of directors is comprised of individuals who bring to their role a diversity of skills and experience, ensuring a comprehensive skill-set that can best represent our members.
Page last updated: 31 May 2012