Parasitology Research

, Volume 99, Issue 6, pp 722–728

Antiparasitic activity of two Lavandula essential oils against Giardia duodenalis, Trichomonas vaginalis and Hexamita inflata

  • Therese Moon
  • Jenny M. Wilkinson
  • Heather M. A. Cavanagh
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00436-006-0234-8

Cite this article as:
Moon, T., Wilkinson, J.M. & Cavanagh, H.M.A. Parasitol Res (2006) 99: 722. doi:10.1007/s00436-006-0234-8

Abstract

Two essential oils derived from Lavandula angustifolia and Lavandula × intermedia were investigated for any antiparasitic activity against the human protozoal pathogens Giardia duodenalis and Trichomonas vaginalis and the fish pathogen Hexamita inflata: all of which have significant infection and economic impacts. The study has demonstrated that low (≤1%) concentrations of L. angustifolia and L. × intermedia oil can completely eliminate T. vaginalis, G. duodenalis and H. inflata in vitro. At 0.1% concentration, L. angustifolia oil was found to be slightly more effective than L × intermedia oil against G. duodenalis and H. inflata. The potential applications are discussed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Therese Moon
    • 1
  • Jenny M. Wilkinson
    • 1
  • Heather M. A. Cavanagh
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Biomedical SciencesCharles Sturt UniversityWagga WaggaAustralia