About Christine Carson

Christine has a PhD in Microbiology and has been investigating the biological effects of natural products, including Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) essential oil, for over 20 years. She has published over 50 papers in the field and is interested in the antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and other potentially useful medicinal properties of natural products, particularly plant-derived compounds, as well as the safety and toxicity associated with their use. More recently, she has joined a group working to address the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance. She is a Research Associate at the University of Western Australia and a Research Scholar at Edith Cowan University.

Tea Tree Oil is not Losing its Bug-Killing Punch

by Christine Carson, PhD An experienced group of US-based researchers (Cuaron et al. 2014) have recently published a paper with the title "The Isolation of Staphylococcus aureus Tea Tree Oil-Reduced Susceptibility Mutants" in the journal Phytotherapy Research (impact factor 2.068). The abstract is available here. As the title says, they have managed to isolate bacteria,

March 13th, 2015|