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J Infect Dev Ctries. 2015 Jul 4;9(6):650-4. doi: 10.3855/jidc.6842.

Essential oils in ocular pathology: an experimental study.

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University of Sassari, Sassari, Italy. sarac1977@libero.it.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The antimicrobial activity of essential oils (EOs) has been known for ages; in particular, the EOs of Melaleuca alternifolia, Thymus vulgaris, Mentha piperita, and Rosmarinus officinalis have been used for the treatment of fungal and bacterial infections.

METHODOLOGY:

This study focused on the in vitro cytotoxicity to normal human conjunctiva cells and antimicrobial activity of 20 EOs.

RESULTS:

The oils tested showed no cytotoxic effect at very low concentrations. Rosmarinus officinalis, Melaleuca alternifolia, and Thymus vulgaris L. red thyme geraniol sel oils had good antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative strains.

CONCLUSIONS:

The results of this study are of great interest and may have a major impact on public health, providing useful tips to optimize the therapeutic use of some natural drugs.

PMID:
26142676
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