Molecules 2010, 15(11), 7532-7546; doi:10.3390/molecules15117532
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Antibacterial Effects of the Essential Oils of Commonly Consumed Medicinal Herbs Using an In Vitro Model

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Received: 28 September 2010; in revised form: 18 October 2010 / Accepted: 25 October 2010 / Published: 27 October 2010
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Abstract: The chemical composition and antibacterial activity of essential oils from 10 commonly consumed herbs: Citrus aurantium, C. limon, Lavandula angustifolia, Matricaria chamomilla, Mentha piperita, M. spicata, Ocimum basilicum, Origanum vulgare, Thymus vulgaris and Salvia officinalis have been determined. The antibacterial activity of these oils and their main components; i.e. camphor, carvacrol, 1,8-cineole, linalool, linalyl acetate, limonene, menthol, a-pinene, b-pinene, and thymol were assayed against the human pathogenic bacteria Bacillus subtilis, Enterobacter cloacae, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Micrococcus flavus, Proteus mirabilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella enteritidis, S. epidermidis, S. typhimurium, and Staphylococcus aureus. The highest and broadest activity was shown by O. vulgare oil. Carvacrol had the highest antibacterial activity among the tested components.
Keywords: disc-diffusion; essential oils; food spoilage bacteria; herbs; human pathogens; microdilution method; natural antimicrobial agents; structure-activity
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Soković, M.; Glamočlija, J.; Marin, P.D.; Brkić, D.; Griensven, L.J.L.D. Antibacterial Effects of the Essential Oils of Commonly Consumed Medicinal Herbs Using an In Vitro Model. Molecules 2010, 15, 7532-7546.

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Soković M, Glamočlija J, Marin PD, Brkić D, Griensven LJLD. Antibacterial Effects of the Essential Oils of Commonly Consumed Medicinal Herbs Using an In Vitro Model. Molecules. 2010; 15(11):7532-7546.

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Soković, Marina; Glamočlija, Jasmina; Marin, Petar D.; Brkić, Dejan; Griensven, Leo J. L. D. van. 2010. "Antibacterial Effects of the Essential Oils of Commonly Consumed Medicinal Herbs Using an In Vitro Model." Molecules 15, no. 11: 7532-7546.

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