Rosemary extract demonstrates in vitro antibacterial activity against a variety of bacteria (Del Campo et al 2000, Erdogrul 2002, Ouattara et al 1997) including Helicobacter pylori (Mahady et al 2005) and Staphylococcus aureus (Oluwatuyi et al 2004). Topical application of rosemary essential oil preparations has been found to have antifungal activity (Ouraini et al 2005, Steinmetz et al 1988, Suleimanova et al 1995) and to inhibit the growth and aflatoxin production of Aspergillus spp. at concentrations between 0.2% and 1 % (Tantaoui-Elaraki & Beraoud 1994). Carnosol has been found to have anti-HIV activity (Aruoma et al 1996) and carnosic acid has also been shown to have an inhibitory effect on HIV-1 protease in cell-free assays (Paris et al 1993). Rosemary extract has some antiviral activity against HSV (Vijayan et al 2004). Powdered rosemary leaves are said to be effective as a natural flea and tick repellent and rosemary essential oil has been found to be ovicidal and repellent towards mosquito (Prajapati et al 2005).

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