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Lemongrass: Antibiotic properties

August 13, 2012

A recent study by Adukwu et al investigated the sensitivity of five strains of Staphylococcus aureus to essential oils from natural sources like Lemongrass (Cymbopogon spp.).


Following exposure to lemongrass extracts extensive disruption to Staph. aureus biofilms was shown under Scanning Electron Microscopy.

In conclusion this study showed that lemongrass exhibited the most effective antimicrobial and anti-biofilm activity. Lemongrass could have potential against antibiotic resistant Staph. aureus in the healthcare environment.

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