Asian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology & Environmental Sciences Paper

Vol 15, Issue 4, 2013; Page No.( 729-732)

ANTIMICROBIAL PROPERTIES OF ROSEMARY (ROSEMARINUS OFFICINALIS L.) ESSENTIAL OIL AGAINST SACCHAROMYCES CEREVISEAE

TAWHEED AMIN, SUMAN VIKAS BHAT AND NEHA SHARMA

Abstract

Rosemarinus officinalisL. is a perennial shrub and is widely used in ethnomedicine worldwide. The aim of the present study was to assess antimicrobial property of rosemary essential oil against Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The leaves of rosemary plant were obtained from the fields of Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Sanatnagar, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir India while the plants were partially flowered and partially seeded. Essential oil was extracted from rosemary leaves by hydro-distillation method. The study on the antimicrobial activity of rosemary essential oil was carried out by disc diffusion assay. On performing GC of the essential oil, 18 different compounds were identified, the main constituents being α-pinene (7.2730%), 1, 8- cineole (13.6826%) and camphor (38.626%). The result showed that rosemary essential oil can be capable of effectively controlling the growth of S. cereviseae.

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