Various in vitro data suggest that lavender oil has antibacterial (Dadalioglu & Evrendilek 2004, Larrondo & Calvo-Torras 1995), antifungal (Inouye et al 2001) and mitocidal activities (Perrucci et al 1996, Refaat et al 2002), with both lavender and linalool having fungistatic and fungicidal activity against Candida albicans strains at high concentrations and inhibiting germ tube formation and hyphal elongation at low concentrations, suggesting it may be useful for reducing fungal progression and the spread of infection in host tissues (D'Auria et al 2005). Lavender has been shown to be active alone and to work synergistically with tea tree oil against the fungi responsible for tinea and onychomycosis (Cassella et al 2002).

The fungistatic properties of linalool have led to the suggestion that it could be used to complement environmental measures in preventing fungal contamination in storage areas of libraries (Rakotonirainy & Lavedrine 2005).

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