Pharmaceutisch Weekblad

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 193–197 | Cite as

Antimicrobial activities of essential oils

A 1976–1986 literature review on possible applications
  • A. M. Janssen
  • J. J. C. Scheffer
  • A. Baerheim Svendsen
Review Articles


The testing of essential oils for antimicrobial activities is reviewed with respect to various possible applications. Consideration is given to the screening for antimicrobially active oils or constituents, for disinfecting or antiseptic properties and for food conserving properties. The role of essential oils in biological interactions and their potential as therapeutic agents are also discussed.

Key words

Antibiotics Antifungal agents Antisepsis Disinfectants Drug screening Essential oils Food preservatives 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. M. Janssen
    • 1
  • J. J. C. Scheffer
    • 1
  • A. Baerheim Svendsen
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Pharmacognosy, Center for Bio-Pharmaceutical SciencesState University of Leiden, Gorlaeus LaboratoriesRA LeidenThe Netherlands

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