In Vitro Evaluation of Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Activities of Melaleuca alternifolia Essential Oil

Biomed Res Int. 2018 May 6;2018:2396109. doi: 10.1155/2018/2396109. eCollection 2018.


The in vitro antioxidant and antimicrobial activity of the essential oil from Melaleuca alternifolia (M. alternifolia) was evaluated in this report. The antioxidant potential of the essential oil from M. alternifolia was evaluated by the DPPH (2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl) method, thiobarbituric acid reactive species (TBARS) assay, and the hydroxyl radical scavenging activity method. The essential oil from M. alternifolia was able to reduce DPPH with an EC50 (concentration for 50% of maximal effect) of 48.35 μg/ml, inhibit the lipid peroxidation with an IC50 (50% inhibitory concentration) of 135.9 μg/ml, and eliminate hydroxyl radicals with an EC50 of 43.71 μg/ml. Antimicrobial screening, minimum inhibitory concentration, and minimum bactericidal concentration assays showed that the essential oil from M. alternifolia inhibited strongly the growth of different types of microorganisms, including Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Penicillium italicum Wehmer, and Penicillium digitatum Sacc. Thus, the essential oil of M. alternifolia possesses antioxidant and antimicrobial activity and could be suitable for use as a natural preservative ingredient in food, agriculture, and pharmaceutical industries.

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Infective Agents / pharmacology*
  • Antioxidants / pharmacology*
  • Bacteria / drug effects
  • Biphenyl Compounds / chemistry
  • Free Radical Scavengers / chemistry
  • Fungi / drug effects
  • Hydroxyl Radical / chemistry
  • Melaleuca / chemistry*
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests
  • Oils, Volatile / chemistry
  • Oils, Volatile / pharmacology*
  • Picrates / chemistry


  • Anti-Infective Agents
  • Antioxidants
  • Biphenyl Compounds
  • Free Radical Scavengers
  • Oils, Volatile
  • Picrates
  • Hydroxyl Radical
  • 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl