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Germ-Fighting Spices

spicesI am a huge proponent of using spices and herbs to cure the things that ail us. For example, if I feel sickness coming on I will juice organic apples, lemon, and ginger root real quick. Or when I suspected my youngest daughter had an ear infection about five years ago I dropped some garlic oil in her ears and she didn’t tug at them anymore.

Researchers at the US Department of Agriculture recently found that essential oils from everyday spices like allspice, oregano and garlic can guard against bactieria like E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria.

According to researchers:

  • Oregano oil consistently inhibited the growth of all three bacteria.
  • Garlic oil was not effective against E. coli or Salmonella, but was effective against Listeria.
  • Oregano and allspice oils were effective against E coli and Salmonella. Vapor tests of oregano and allspice oils indicated that these two oils diffuse more efficiently through the air than through direct contact with the bacteria.
  • Listeria was less resistant to EO vapors while E. coli was more resistant

To learn more about the study visit the September issue of the Journal of Food Science.

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