Development of probiotic candidate in combination with essential oils from medicinal plant and their effect on enteric pathogens: a review

Gastroenterol Res Pract. 2012;2012:457150. doi: 10.1155/2012/457150. Epub 2012 Jul 3.


Medicinal plants and probiotics both have very high potential in terms of their antimicrobial activity against antibiotic-resistant enteric pathogens. The probiotics being enteric microorganism do not have any parasitic effect on human beings. They have been an integral part of daily food for centuries. They have been shown to have health beneficiary properties. The probiotics retard the growth of the microorganisms, while essential oil kills them. Combining the effect of medicinal plant extract and probiotics may be a new approach due to their complementary antimicrobial effects and practically no side effects. The synergistic effect of the essential oil and probiotics will be necessarily higher than using them alone as health product.