Individuals who develop an infection but would prefer to use a natural medication instead of a pharmaceutical drug may be interested to learn that essential oils have been shown to have anitbacterial properties.
Greek scientists have studied these natural ingredients and found that the essential oils obtained from thyme were the most effective in almost completely killing bacteria such as meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which is responsible for extremely difficult to treat hospital infections.
Lead researcher professor Yiannis Samaras from the Technological Educational Institute of Ionian Islands, said that these results are important not only because essential oils are cheaper than standard drugs, but also because "decreased use of antibiotics will help minimize the risk of new strains of antibiotic resistant micro-organisms emerging."
Essential oils have been recognized for hundreds of years for their therapeutic properties. For example, Australian aborigines used tea tree oil to treat colds, sore throats, skin infections and insect bites.
Today, these products can be obtained with other natural and dietary supplements in health stores across the country.