Washington: A new study has found that essential oils can be used as an effective and cheap alternative to antibiotics against drug-resistant hospital superbugs.
Samaras said: "Not only are essential oils a cheap and effective treatment option for antibiotic-resistant strains, but decreased use of antibiotics will help minimise the risk of new strains of antibiotic resistant micro-organisms emerging." Essential oils have been used for hundreds of years for therapeutic purpose, even though it is little known. Australian aborigines used Tea tree oil to treat colds, sore throats, skin infections and insect bites. The Greek team believes essential oils could have diverse medical and industrial applications. The team said: "The oils – or their active ingredients – could be easily incorporated into antimicrobial creams or gels for external application. In the food industry the impregnation of food packaging with essential oils has already been successfully trialled. They could also be included in food stuffs to replace synthetic chemicals that act as preservatives.” The research was presented at the Society for General Microbiology``s spring meeting in Edinburgh this week. (ANI)
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