• Erin Cieslak Department of Biology, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ, USA
  • James P. Mack Department of Biology, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ, USA
  • Albert Rojtman Department of Pathology, Meridian Health, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, NJ, USA


Objective: Essential oils are of significant interest in today's world of healthcare because these compounds have a variety of medicinal properties. In this study, we evaluated the in vitro antibiotic role of essential oils as a possible alternative treatment in combatting Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Methods: In conjunction with carrier oils, three essential oils (cassia, cinnamon bark, and thyme), as well as methylglyoxal were tested on MRSA using the Kirby-Bauer disc diffusion method.

Results: The minimum inhibitory concentration of each tested essential oil and methylglyoxal in carrier oil was determined to be 25% essential oil and 75% carrier oil mixture. This concentration worked much more effectively than the standard antibiotic, vancomycin, which is currently used to treat MRSA infections.

Conclusion: Antibacterial emollients made from naturally occurring products like essential oils can be cost-effective alternatives to antibiotics. The results of this research show that these emollients are more effective against MRSA than standard antibiotics in cell culture.

Keywords: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Essential oils, Cassia, Cinnamon bark, Thyme, Methylglyoxal, Antibiotic resistance


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Cieslak, E., J. P. Mack, and A. Rojtman. “ESSENTIAL OILS AND METHYLGLYOXAL: A POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT FOR ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT BACTERIAL INFECTIONS”. International Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vol. 8, no. 9, Sept. 2016, pp. 107-10, doi:10.22159/ijpps.2016.v8i9.12242.
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