Tea Tree Plantation in South Africa

by Andrea Butje on May 12, 2014

I loved meeting the farmer on the tea tree plantation!In this picture, I’m standing next to a farmer who has just finished harvesting tea tree. We are in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, and I am so happy to be in this beautiful tea tree plantation!

After the tea tree is cut, it’s brought to the distillery where Bruce, a master distiller, carefully distills the plant producing a high quality Tea Tree oil with a significant percentage of terpinen-4-ol.

The distillery on the tea tree plantation
Bruce on the tea tree plantation

I loved talking to Bruce. He is deeply dedicated to his plants and to the art of distillation. His plantation is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen! The setting is incredible. The tea tree grows alongside some small eucalyptus radiata plants. There are kiwi fruit trees off to one side (yup, kiwi!), avocado trees, and seven-some helichrysum growing wild.

The most beautiful tea tree plantation!

As I watched the farmer cut the leaves and branches, I was reminded once again how much work goes into producing an essential oil. I am in awe of the farmers who grow the plants and the distillers who produce our essential oils. It is such an honor to meet essential oil distillers and acknowledge them for their extraordinary work!

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Annabel May 27, 2016 at 9:43 am

I would like to buy his tea tree in bulk please. Can you forward me his details?


Andrea Butje May 27, 2016 at 11:01 am

Annabel, we don’t have Bruce’s info as he does not export or ship his oils. While he only sells locally, we do know he does sell to Scatters, a South African company that exports. You could email Jess at Scatters and let her know I sent you: jessica@scattersoils.com


Rory July 21, 2015 at 8:14 am

I am just in awe right now. What a beautiful place, and a great story. I can’t even begin to imagine (and I’m trying) to picture all of this in my head.

What a wonderful experience. Thanks for sharing. 😉


Dawn July 21, 2015 at 7:15 am

My son has severe eczema. This causes chronic skin infections and swelling of his skin.

We started putting 10-15 drops of tea tree oil to his bath, it Makes a world of a difference.



Andrea Butje July 21, 2015 at 3:15 pm

Great to hear that he’s getting relief from essential oils 🙂


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