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Vapour phase: a potential future use for essential oils as antimicrobials?
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2012
© 2011 The Authors. Letters in Applied Microbiology © 2011 The Society for Applied Microbiology
Letters in Applied Microbiology
Volume 54, Issue 3, pages 169–174, March 2012
How to Cite
Laird, K. and Phillips, C. (2012), Vapour phase: a potential future use for essential oils as antimicrobials?. Letters in Applied Microbiology, 54: 169–174. doi: 10.1111/j.1472-765X.2011.03190.x
- Issue published online: 10 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2012
- Accepted manuscript online: 1 DEC 2011 12:51PM EST
- 2011/1843: received 28 October 2011, revised 25 November 2011 and accepted 25 November 2011
- essential oils;
Essential oil (EO) vapours have been known for their antimicrobial properties since the 4th century B.C.; however, it was not until the early 1960s that research into the potential of these volatile oils was explored. More recently, the use of EOs such as tea tree, bergamot, lavender and eucalyptus in vapour form has been shown to have antimicrobial effects against both bacteria and fungi, with range of methods being developed for dispersal and efficacy testing. To date, many applications for EO vapours as antimicrobials have been identified including in the food and clinical arenas.