tea tree oil

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An oil distilled or extracted from the tea tree—Melaleuca spp—which is antimicrobial due to presence of terpineol. Tea tree oil is used topically for abrasions, acne, athlete’s foot, bites, cuts, fungal infections and, for dogs, as a flea shampoo
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tea tree oil

The aromatic essential oil of Melaleuca alternifolia, used as a topical antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal in a range of herbal medicines. Skin irritation may occur in some sensitized people exposed to the oil or if the oil is used in high concentrations.
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Tea tree Oil : Also known as melaleuca oil or ti tree oil, Tea tree oil is a strong essential that can be used to soothe chicken pox, remove makeup, aid in acne prevention, and fade scars.
The absence of characteristic peaks of melaleuca oil may be related to the overlapping of these peaks by PHB characteristic peaks.
Similarly, to melaleuca oil, the spectrum of PHB/citronella films (Figure 3) did not show specific peaks for this oil, also characterized by the overlapping of peaks with PHB peaks.
The basil and melaleuca oil, with PGI of 64 and 59%, respectively, showed CL50 below 0.1% after 6h of incubation, while oregano and white thyme were again the least efficient in all periods, and peppermint for the two largest incubation periods (Table 1).
For cinnamon (Figure 3A), eucalyptus globulus (Figure 3B) and melaleuca oils (Figure 3C), the regression curves were determined from the average of the two incubation periods, while the interactions between the variation sources were not significant.
Mintel states in its December report that for the year ending September 2012, one-quarter of all new launches in Latin America used botanical or herbal ingredients such as aloe vera and chamomile to help prevent irritation, and melaleuca oil to kill odor-causing bacteria.
The mixture consists of (per g): 70 mg Eucalyptus Oil, 50 mg Melaleuca Oil, 45 mg Lemongrass Oil, 45 mg Lemon Oil, 7 mg Clove leaf Oil, 3 mg Thyme Oil on a 40% ethanol base.
Possibly your patient was making a reference to melaleuca oil, commonly known as tea tree oil.
He discovered that Melaleuca oil was 12 times more potent than the accepted antiseptic at the time, carbolic acid.