In this study various essential oils and plant extracts will be tested in combination to determine their effect on certain respiratory pathogens, in order to provide a scientific base for the traditional use of plant combinations. Various methodologies will be utilized to demonstrate the synergy or antagonism of the plant combinations. These methods include the FIC determination, isobologram studies and time-kill assays. Results obtained from this study will serve to validate the use of plant combinations as used by traditional healers.
Principal supervisor: Dr SF van Vuuren (WITS)
Co-supervisor: Prof AM Viljoen