Can herbal medicine help clean up NHS hospitals?
Friday 28th November, 2008
Scientists working with herbal medicine producers may have discovered the way to clean hospitals of the deadly MRSA superbug – the answer could be in an oil extract from the herb oregano.
A natural compound found in oregano has been found to have anti-fungal and antibacterial properties and has proved to be more effective as an antimicrobial agent than 18 drugs compared against it.
The compound is called ‘carvacrol’ and has numerous medical uses. Already used to treat fungal infections such as candida, carvacrol is equally as effective as antibiotics such as penicillin and streptomycin and the compound can also sterilise septic water and kill parasites such as Giardia.
Biolaya Organics who produce medicinal herbs are now researching ways to develop oregano oil bases soaps and sprays to be used as cleaning agents to fight infectious bugs.