The listings of research below represents a compilation of scientific articles found on the topic, with a very brief overview description of each article/study. This compilation of research articles does not necessarily imply that there are adequate results to demonstrate safe and/or effective human use of any herb listed.
This article summarized antimicrobial research on essential oils with strong research on topical and antiseptic uses, as penetration enhancers, and in fighting medicine resistant species. From: Solórzano-Santos, F., & Miranda-Novales, M. G. (2012). Essential oils from aromatic herbs as antimicrobial agents. Current opinion in biotechnology, 23(2), 136-141.
Polytoxinol, a formula containing tea tree and eucalyptus, was successful in an administered percutaneously treat of intractable MRSA infection of the lower tibia in an adult male. From: Sherry, E., Boeck, H., & Warnke, P. H. (2001). Percutaneous treatment of chronic MRSA osteomyelitis with a novel plant-derived antiseptic. BMC surgery, 1(1), 1.
Thyme possessed microbicidal activities, especially against gram positive bacteria, likely related to the carvacrol constituent. This may be usable with products as an antiseptic and preservative. From: Juliano, C., Mattana, A., & Usai, M. (2000). Composition and in vitro antimicrobial activity of the essential oil of Thymus herba-barona Loisel growing wild in Sardinia. Journal of Essential Oil Research, 12(4), 516-522.
Benzoin was an efficient and strong local skin antibiotic and could be used effectively prior to surgery. From: Marsalic, R. N. C., Agrawal, A., Dange, N., & Goel, A. (2007). Tincture benzoin as an antiseptic and adhesive for preoperative surgical preparation. Neurology India, 55(1), 88.
Eucalyptus and tea tree showed an antibacterial effect against MRSA. From: Sherry, E., Boeck, H., & Warnke, P. H. (2001). Percutaneous treatment of chronic MRSA osteomyelitis with a novel plant-derived antiseptic. BMC surgery, 1(1), 1.
Niaouli reduced topical bacteria in massage therapy. From: Donoyama, N., & Ichiman, Y. (2006). Which essential oil is better for hygienic massage practice?. International Journal of Aromatherapy, 16(3), 175-179.
Oregano extract ointment decreased bacterial contamination and related skin infection on post-surgical wounds. From: Ragi, J., Pappert, A., Rao, B., Havkin-Frenkel, D., & Milgraum, S. (2011). Oregano extract ointment for wound healing: a randomized, double-blind, petrolatum-controlled study evaluating efficacy. Journal of drugs in dermatology: JDD, 10(10), 1168-1172.
This mega-analysis discussed the research on the therapeutic actions of bergamot.Modern medicine utilizes the plant as an antiseptic and antibacterial. Human studies have demonstrated the aroma to be anxiolytic and help with insomnia. Italian folk remedies rely on the plant to reduce fever, and as an anti-parasite, antiseptic, antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial. It has been used by Italian people to treat skin, oral, respiratory, urinary, and vaginal infections. From: Navarra, M., Mannucci, C., Delbò, M., & Calapai, G. (2015). Citrus bergamia essential oil: from basic research to clinical application. Frontiers in pharmacology, 6, 36.
Lemonbalm essential oil was antimicrobial against common hospital pathogens in vitro. From: Jalal, Z., El Atki, Y., Lyoussi, B., & Abdellaoui, A. (2015). Phytochemistry of the essential oil of Melissa officinalis L. growing wild in Morocco: preventive approach against nosocomial infections. Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine, 5(6), 458-461.