Washington, DC — Oil from the common herb oregano may be an effective treatment against dangerous, and sometimes drug-resistant bacteria, a Georgetown researcher has found. Harry G. Preuss, MD, MACN, CNS, professor of physiology and biophysics, and his research team, tested oregano oil on staphylococcus bacteria—which is responsible for a variety of severe infections and is becoming increasingly resistant to many antibiotics. The oregano oil at relatively low doses was found to inhibit the growth of staphylococcus bacteria in the test tubes as effectively as the standard antibiotics did. Another aspect of the study examined the efficacy of oregano oil and carvacrol, which is believed to be the major antibacterial component of oregano, in 18 mice infected with the staph bacteria. Six received the carvacrol in olive oil, not oregano oil, and none survived longer than 21 days.
In this chapter you will read about what our topic is all about and the reasons why we had come up with this research proposal. Two of the most outstanding secondary metabolites in Mexican oregano are the isomers carvacrol and thymol FIG. Since the two are isomers, it is no surprise that both compounds have similar properties such as: anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-fungal Carvacrol is a thick, either colorless or yellow liquid Thymol is a large colorless crystal
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Introduction: The aim of this study was to investigate the antibacterial properties of oregano Origanum heracleoticum L. The antibacterial activity of oregano essential oil was investigate against 2 tested and 20 clinical bacterial strains of Escherichia coli and 20 clinical strains o Pseudomonas aeruginosa come from patients with different clinical conditions. Methods: The agar dilution method was used for microbial growth inhibition at various concentrations ofoil.