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Comparative antibacterial effects of novel Pelargonium essential oils and solvent extracts.

The scented leaves of a number of Pelargonium (Geraniaceae) species and cultivars were extracted using steam distillation, petroleum spirit and methanol. The extracts were assessed for their antibacterial activity in vitro against Staphylococcus aureus, Proteus vulgaris, Bacillus cereus and Staph. epidermidis. The results indicated substantial antibacterial activity and suggested that Pelargonium essential oils could be used as novel antibacterial agents. The methanolic and petroleum spirit extracts were more potent antibacterial agents than the steam-distilled volatile samples. The results suggest that Pelargonium essential oils and solvent extracts could be used as novel food or cosmetic antimicrobial agents.[1]

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  1. Comparative antibacterial effects of novel Pelargonium essential oils and solvent extracts. Lis-Balchin, M., Buchbauer, G., Ribisch, K., Wenger, M.T. Lett. Appl. Microbiol. (1998) [Pubmed]
 
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