Essential oils have medical applicability
According to a study by researchers at Technological Educational Institute of Ionian Islands in Greece, essential oils like rosewood oil and thyme oil can fight drug resistant superbugs.
According to Professor Yiannis Samaras, Lead author, “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.”
Being most effective among all essential oils, thyme oil completely eradicates the bacteria within 60 minutes and cinnamon oil was also found to be efficient antibacterial agents against a range of Staphylococcus species.
Strains of these bacteria are commonly found on the skin and causes infection in immune system compromised individuals.
Tea tree oil is used for the treatment of colds, sore throats, skin infections and insect bites by Australian aborigines. Essential oils have been used for hundreds of years for therapeutic purpose but still little is known about them.
Research needs to be done to know antimicrobial effects of essential oils in humans.
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