Production and extraction
The tea tree belongs to a genus of 300 species of plants in the Myrtaceae family – trees that all contain essential oils, including eucalyptus. Though they can grow to over 15 tall, tea tree is kept to a fairly low ‘shrub’ height where it is cut and then re-grows quickly.
It is a very hardy tree which can withstand flooding, fire and drought – so is well suited as an out-grower crop for small-scale farmers of Southern & Eastern Africa.
Fairoils’ harvests tea tree throughout the year as Kenya, where we primarily grow, sits on the equator. Fairoils has three tea tree distilleries in Kenya: in the Mara in Laikipia (Mt Kenya) and on the Kenyan coast at Lunga Lunga. Fairoils distils tea tree with wet steam on large European stainless-steel stills.
Distillation is best done when the leaves and branches have been freshly cut so Fairoils distils all tea tree on site. The process takes roughly two and half hours.
Tea Tree oil’s largest component is an active called Terpinene -4-ol which signifies the quality of the oil. Fairoils supplies all the relevant technical and quality documents on request.
Packaging: 5kg, 25kg & 180kg drums