Antimicrobial Activity of Basil, Oregano, and Thyme Essential Oils

Hercules Sakkas, Chrissanthy Papadopoulou
2017 Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology  
For centuries, plants have been used for a wide variety of purposes, from treating infectious diseases to food preservation and perfume production. Presently, the increasing resistance of microorganisms to currently used antimicrobials in combination with the appearance of emerging diseases requires the urgent development of new, more effective drugs. Plants, due to the large biological and structural diversity of their components, constitute a unique and renewable source for the discovery of
more » ... w antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic compounds. In the present paper, the history, composition, and antimicrobial activities of the basil, oregano, and thyme essential oils are reviewed.
doi:10.4014/jmb.1608.08024 pmid:27994215 fatcat:yakukbz7orechiv47bhixoqocy