11:54 am - Wednesday February 20, 2019

Lavender Oil – Powerful Antifungal: New Study

According to a study published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology, lavender oilLavender Oil is effective against any cause of Fungal Infections could prove effective in combating the increasing incidence of antifungal-resistant infection.

The essential oil has shown potent antifungal effects against strains of fungi that are responsible for common skin & nail infections.

Scientists from the University of Coimbra in Portugal distilled lavender oil from a particular shrub growing in southern Portugal.

The oil was then tested against a range of pathogenic fungi. It was found to be lethal to a range of skin-pathogenic strains that are known as dermatophytes. The oil was also found to be effective against various species of candida fungi.

Dermatophytes can cause infections of your skin, hair & nails because they use keratin within these tissues for obtaining nutrients.

They are also responsible for other skin conditions such as ringworm, athletes’ foot, & can also lead to nail and scalp infections.

Candida species peacefully coexist with most healthy individuals and do not cause problems but may cause thrush in some people. In patients with immune deficiency, candida species are able to cause serious infection when fungal cells are successful in escaping into the blood stream.

At present, there are relatively few types of antifungal drugs for treating infections and those that are available often have side effects.

Leading this study, Professor Salgueiro & Eugenia explained why novel fungicides are urgently needed. “In the last few years there has been an increase in the incidence of fungal diseases, particularly among immunocompromised patients. Unfortunately there is also increasing resistance to antifungal drugs. Research by our group and others has shown that essential oils may be cheap, efficient alternatives that have minimal side effects.”

The essential oils that are distilled from the Lavandula genus of lavender plants are widely used in the food, perfume & cosmetic industries.

Studies regarding biological activities of these essential oils suggest that Lavandula oil possess sedative & antispasmodic properties. Additionally, they are also potent antimicrobials & antioxidants.

This group has been successful in demonstrating that these oils destroy fungal cells by damaging the cell membrane and are effective in managing fungal infections.

The group believes that further research into the actual mechanisms by which this essential oil works can have significant clinical benefits.

Professor Salgueiro says, “Lavandula oil shows wide-spectrum antifungal activity and is highly potent. This is a good starting point for developing this oil for clinical use to manage fungal infections. What is now required is clinical trials to evaluate how our in vitro work translates in vivo”.

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    Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a few unrelated data.

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