Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) is a member of the Myrtaceae family. It is obtained through the distillation of the leaves of the tea tree. The oil contains more than 100 monoterpenoid, sesquiterpenoid, and alcohol compounds. The majority of tea tree oil, about 90%, is made from terpine-4-0, 1,8-cineole, alpha-terpineol, terpinolene, and alpha- and gamma-terpinene. Tea Tree Oil is active against numerous pathogenic bacteria and fungi but spares normal skin flora. Tea Tree Oil has shown anti-inflammatory as well as antimicrobial activities. It is used on a variety of skin and skin surface infections.
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