Botanical Name Melaleuca quinquenervia  
Botanical family Myrtaceae 
Origin Madagascar 
Method Complete distillation by steam distillation  
Plant part Sheets 
Appearance limpid mobile liquid 
Color pale yellow to yellow green 
Odor fresh, intense, aromatic, slightly bitter, reminiscent of Eucalyptus 
Biochemical composition of the essential oil Oxides (40–60%): 1,8-cineole 
Monoterpenes (20%): pinene, phellandrene, terpinenes, limonene
Monoterpene alcohols (10–15%): alpha-terpineol, terpinen-4-ol  Sesquiterpenes: caryophyllene, aromadendrene, cadinene 
Sesquiterpenols (5–10%): nerolidol, viridiflorol  
Therapeutic properties  1. Very wide-spectrum anti-infective  
2. Anticatarrhal expectorant +++  
3. Venous and lymphatic decongestant ++  
4. Skin tonic ++  
Main therapeutic indications  1. Chronic catarrhal respiratory infections: bronchitis, sinusitis, colds, otitis, nasopharyng influenza
2. Herpes simplex, genital herpes, genital warts, cervical dysplasia, flat lesions
3. Dry (‘corrugated’) skin, prevention of radiotherapy lesions
4. Cystitis, urethritis, prostatitis  
5. Boils, acne, insect bites, infected wounds, fungal infections  
6. Psoriasis
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