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Myrtle plant

Myrtle plant

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VAUGHAN FLEMING / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY VAUGHAN FLEMING / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Myrtle plant (Myrtus communis). The leaves of this shrub contain an essential oil which, when distilled, releases the chemical myrtol. This is used as a natural remedy for gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). Photographed in Plakias, Crete, Greece.

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