Background: The present work investigates the chemical composition, the antioxidant
and the antimicrobial activities of the Essential Oils (EOs) of three species of the Lamiaceae family
gowning in Algeria: Thymus vulgaris L., Thymus algeriensis Boiss. & Reut. and Mentha pulegium L.
Methods: Essential Oils (EOs) obtained by hydrodistillation of the aerial parts of the studied plants
were analyzed by GC and GC-MS. The antioxidant activity of the EOs was determined using two
different assays: free radical scavenging activity of DPPH• (2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl) and
Phosphomolybdenum reducing power. The EOs were also tested for their antibacterial and antifungal
activities against eight pathogenic bacteria (Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella
typhi, Escherichia coli, Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus aureus, Methicillin resistant strain
of S. aureus “MRSA” and Enterococcus faecalis); a yeast (Candida albicans); and a fungi
Results: For DPPH assay, T. vulgaris presented very interesting activity. At the opposite, T. algeriensis
(Aflou) and M. pulegium, were the most active EOs in term of Phosphomolybdenum assay.
The antimicrobial activity of T. vulgaris was found to be the most active EO and exhibited important
resistance against most of studied bacteria. For disc diffusion test, the most active EO plant was
T. algeriensis. Alternatively, and for antifungal activity, T. vulgaris presented the highest value of
Conclusion: The antioxidant activity test’s results showed that the EOs exhibited important reducing
powers but weak scavenging activities. On the other hand, it was found that some EO samples have
shown very interesting antimicrobial activities. Actually, among the investigated EOs, T. vulgaris
presented the strongest antibacterial and antifungal activities.