Essential Oils May Be Key Anti-microbials

EDINBURGH, Scotland, March 31 (UPI) — Greek scientists say therapeutic essential oils may become the anti-microbial of the future.

Study authors Yiannis Samaras and Effimia Eriotou of the Technological Educational Institute of Ionian Islands in Greece tested the anti-microbial activity of eight essential oils from plants and found thyme completely eliminated bacteria within 60 minutes.

Cinnamon was also found to efficiently fight off a number of strains of bacteria including Staphylococcus species such as meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

“Not only are essential oils a cheap and effective treatment option for antibiotic-resistant strains, but decreased use of antibiotics will help minimize the risk of new strains of antibiotic resistant micro-organisms emerging,” Samaras says in a statement.

Samaras and colleagues pointed out essential oils have been recognized for hundreds of years for their therapeutic properties, but yet very little is still known about how they work.

The findings were presented at the Society for General Microbiology’s spring meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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