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Molecules 2001, 6(2), 87-91; doi:10.3390/60100087
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Determining the Antimicrobial Actions of Tea Tree Oil

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Received: 17 August 2000 / Accepted: 20 October 2000 / Published: 16 January 2001
(This article belongs to the Special Issue RACI Natural Products Group Symposium)
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Abstract

Research into the mode of action of the essential oil of Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea tree oil) is briefly reviewed. Its mode of action is interpreted in terms of the membrane-toxicity of its monoterpenoid components and different approaches for determining cell membrane damage are discussed.
Keywords: essential oil; monoterpene; antimicrobial; tea tree essential oil; monoterpene; antimicrobial; tea tree
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Cox, S.D.; Mann, C.M.; Markham, J.L.; Gustafson, J.E.; Warmington, J.R.; Wyllie, S.G. Determining the Antimicrobial Actions of Tea Tree Oil. Molecules 2001, 6, 87-91.

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