Native to Australia, Melaleuca quinquenervia CT ‘Nerolina’, commonly known as broad-leaved paperbark or the paper bark tea tree, is a small- to medium-sized tree of the Myrtaceae family. It is an evergreen tree that grows up to 35 feet and has papery bark, fragrant leaves and green or red flows. Nerolina is the linalool chemotype of Niaouli.
Nerolina essential oil is extracted via steam distillation of the leaves and green branchlets. Nerolina is grown in plantations, in northern New South Wales and Queensland, wild harvesting also occurs. Nerolina essential oil has a fresh, aromatic, earthy, fruity aroma with distinctive notes of lavender and lilac. Nerolina Australian essential oil is a valuable blending oil with the ability to ‘lift’ ordinary aromas with small additions to the compound.
In cosmetics and perfumery, Nerolina can be very cost effective, and it can be successfully used as an adjunct to the top grade Lavender oils.