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Introducing Melaleuca Oil as a Non-Timber Forest Product (Online Training)


Melaleuca oil, also known as tea tree oil, is an essential oil that comes from steaming the leaves of the Melaleuca cajuputi tree. Melaleuca oil is used locally for its medicinal properties and is also used in a range of cosmetics and other household products. This online course provides participants with an in-depth understanding of how to develop melaleuca oil as a local non-timber forest product (NTFP). By helping to develop NTFPs as an alternative livelihood opportunity, this course aims to improve the local community’s ability to conserve and rehabilitate the mangrove forest of Sungai Hitam, an important habitat area for the Proboscis monkey (Nasalis larvatus) in Samboja, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.

You can find the recording of the presentation below:

Day 1 Recording

Day 2 Recording

Day 3 Recording


Day 1

  • Opening
  • Melaleuca cajuputi and its essential oils
  • Benefits of melaleuca oil
  • Methods for extracting melaleuca oil from tree leaves
  • Factors affecting the yield and quality of melaleuca oil

Day 2

  • The prospect for developing melaleuca oil as a NTFP
  • The cultivation of Melaleuca cajuputi
  • Discussion

Day 3

  • Refining process of melaleuca oil
  • Preparation of melaleuca oil raw materials
  • Determing the quality of melaleuca oil
  • Discussion regarding the video of melaleuca oil sampling process
  • Closing