Objective: To examine the in vitro antimicrobial activities of essential oil of the leaves of Eucalyptus globulus (E. globulus).
Methods: The essential oils of this plant were obtained by the hydrodistillation method. The inhibitory effects of this essential oil were tested against Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) by using agar disc diffusion and dilution broth methods.
Results: The results obtained showed that essential oil of the leaves of E. globulus has antimicrobial activity against gram negative bacteria (E. coli) as well as gram positive bacteria (S. aureus).
Conclusion: The encouraging results indicate the essential oil of E. globulus leaves might be exploited as natural antibiotic for the treatment of several infectious diseases caused by these two germs, and could be useful in understanding the relations between traditional cures and current medicines.
Keywords: Antimicrobial activity; Escherichia coli; Essential oil; Eucalyptus globules; Staphylococcus aureus.