Medical glossary


Essential oils are naturally-occurring concentrated compounds that protect plants against pests. The clinically-demonstrated antibacterial and antimycotic effects of essential oils make them a natural, effective alternative to chemical antibiotics and antimycotics. The aromatogram is a lab technique to test specific essential oils for effectiveness against pathogens like enterococci, streptococci and yeasts. The pathogen is obtained by using a stool sample and placed on a petri dish, which is then exposed to a small amount of the essential oil to be tested. Proliferation is inhibited proportionally to the antiseptic effect of the oil. The aromatogram can be used to test several types of essential oil, including cajeput, neroli, coriander, lemongrass, palmarosa, tea tree and more. Depending on the site of the infection, treatment may include remedies in the form of capsules, ointments, solutions or suppositories.