“Essential oils could be a cheap and effective alternative to antibiotics and potentially used to combat drug-resistant hospital superbugs,” according to the article “Essential Oils to Fight Superbugs” on the ScienceDaily website.
The research for this study was led by Professor Yiannis Samaras and Dr. Effimia Eriotou from the Technological Educational Institute of Ionian Islands, in Greece, and presented at the Society for General Microbiology’s spring meeting in Edinburg. Samaras and Eriotou tested the antimicrobial activity of the essential oil from eight plants, from which they found thyme (Thymus vulgaris) essential oil to be the most effective; thyme essential oils “was able to almost completely eliminate bacteria within 60 minutes.”
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) essential oil was also found to be effective, and both cinnamon and thyme essential oil “were found to be particularly efficient antibacterial agents against a range of Staphylococcus species. Strains of these bacteria are common inhabitants of the skin and some may cause infection in immunocompromised individuals.”
“The Greek team,” according to ScienceDaily, “believes essential oils could have diverse medicinal and industrial applications. ‘The oils–or their active ingredients–could be easily incorporated into antimicrobial creams or gels for external application. In the food industry the impregnation of food packaging with essential oils has already been successfully trialed. They could also be included in food stuffs to replace synthetic chemicals that act as preservatives,’ they said.”
To read the full-length article on the ScienceDaily website, go to: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100330210942.htm
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