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Monoterpenes are a class of compounds grouped together due to their structural similarities. Monoterpenes may be isolated from a large number of sources including yarrow and horehound. Some examples of monoterpenes are camphene, limonene, and pinene. Monoterpenes have a wide variety of properties; for example, limonene is antibacterial, antiviral, and a skin irritant; pinene is antimicrobial.

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