Story: Plant extracts



The compound totarol was first found in the heartwood of dead tōtara trees. It has no taste, and little smell. It acts against bacteria in dental plaque, and also seems to be effective against acne.

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Nigel Perry, 'Plant extracts - Toxic and commercial compounds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2021)

Story by Nigel Perry, published 24 Sep 2007