Tea tree oil is composed of over 100 known compounds working in synergy to produce a therapeutic grade oil. There are over 300 varieties of plants loosely classified as tea trees and three different species of melaleuca. Yet only one tree in this vast array has proven therapeutic value – melaleuca alternifolia terpinen-4-ol type. Australian and international quality standards recognize terpinen-4-ol as the major active component of tea tree oil. A determination of the best pharmaceutically consistent oil is therefore based upon its percentage of this vital compound and establishes high quality oil of exceptional antiseptic effectiveness. The highest percentage of this major active component available today is 36 percent, the level maintained by Thursday Plantation, the original tea tree plantation.
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