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Phytother Res. 2002 Nov;16(7):680-2.

Studies on essential oils: part 10; antibacterial activity of volatile oils of some spices.

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  • 1Chemistry Department, DDU Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur - 273009, India. gsingh4us@yahoo.com

Abstract

The essential oils extracted from the seeds of seven spices, Anethum graveolens, Carum capticum, Coriandrum sativum, Cuminum cyminum, Foeniculum vulgare, Pimpinella anisum and Seseli indicum have been studied for antibacterial activity against eight pathogenic bacteria, causing infections in the human body. It has been found that the oil of C. capticum is very effective against all tested bacteria. The oil of C. cyminum and A. graveolens also gave similar results. These oils are equally or more effective when compared with standard antibiotics, at a very low concentration.

Copyright 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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