The antibacterial activity of wild Moroccan Artemisia essential oil
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A team of researchers from Morocco looked at the antibacterial activity of Artemisia ifranensis, a species in the genus Artemisia that grows wild in the Middle Atlas in Morocco. The team published their findings in the Journal of Essential Oil Research.

  • For the study, the research team extracted the essential oils from the wild Moroccan artemisia plant during its vegetative and early blooming stages.
  • Then, they analyzed the chemical composition of the essential oil.
  • In addition, the team tested the antibacterial activity of the essential oil against pathogens isolated from hospitals.
  • The research team found that beta-Thujone was the most abundant compound in the plant, with 50 percent during its vegetative stage and 41.1 percent during its blooming stage.
  • Among the identified compounds, oxygenated monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes were found to be the most important groups.
  • For antibacterial activity, the research team found that the essential oil was highly active against Staphylococcus aureus.

Based on these findings, the research team concluded that A. ifranensis essential oil has strong antibacterial activity against S. aureus.

Read more studies on the antibacterial activity of essential oils from plants like A. ifranensis at

Journal Reference:

Elazzouzi H, Khabbal Y, Bouachrine M, Zair T, Alaoui El Belghiti M. CHEMICAL COMPOSITION AND IN VITRO ANTIBACTERIAL ACTIVITY OF ARTEMISIA IFRANENSIS J. DIDIER ESSENTIAL OIL GROWING WILD IN MIDDLE MOROCCAN ATLAS. Journal of Essential Oil Research. 18 January 2018; 30(2): 142-151. DOI: 10.1080/10412905.2017.1420552

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