ISSN: 2249–9504
CAS CODEN: IJPCDX

COMPARATIVE EVALUATION OF ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY OF THE ESSENTIAL PLANT OILS ON MULTIDRUG RESISTANT NOSOCOMIAL PATHOGENS

Abstract

Author(s): Shilpa M Shenoy1, A. Veena Shetty1* and Vinaya Bhat2

The problem of microbial resistance is growing and the lookout for the use of antimicrobial drugs in the future is still uncertain. Therefore, actions must be taken to reduce this problem, and to offer appropriate and efficient antimicrobial drugs to the patient. Down the ages essential oils and other extracts of plants have evoked interest as sources of natural products. They have been screened for their potential uses as alternative remedies for the treatment of many infectious diseases. This study was undertaken to evaluate the antimicrobial activity of commercially available Coconut oil, clove oil, Castor oil, Eucalyptus oil, Neem oil and extracted oreganum oil on the multidrug resistant nosocomial pathogens. The oreganum oil, clove oil eucalyptus oil and neem oil showed antimicrobial activity. With proper studies they can be a beacon of hope in long dark tunnel of dwindling era of new antibiotics.

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