Antibacterial activity of natural compounds – essential oils


Authors: Sherif T. S. Hassan;  Michaela Majerová;  Miroslava Šudomová;  Kateřina Berchová
Published in: Čes. slov. Farm., 2015; 64, 243-253
Category: Review Articles

Overview

Since the problem of bacterial resistance has become a serious problem worldwide, it was necessary to search for new active substances that can overcome the problem and enhance the treatment efficacy of bacterial infections. Numerous plant-derived essential oils exhibited significant antibacterial activities. This review aimed to summarize the most promising essential oils that exhibited remarkable antibacterial activities against various bacterial infections, including staphylococcal infections, Helicobacter pylori infections, skin infections, tuberculosis infection and dental bacterial infection. The synergy effect of essential oils in combination with antibiotics, as well as their role in the treatment of bacterial infections have been discussed. Essential oils can be used as models for further studies in vivo and clinical trials.

Keywords:
antibacterial substances • essential oils • plants • bacterial resistance • bacterial infections • synergism


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