Mario Dell’Agli, Cinzia Sanna, Patrizia Rubiolo, Nicoletta Basilico, Elisa Colombo, Carlo Bicchi, Maria M Scaltrito, Mamadou Ousmane Ndiath, Luca Maccarone, Donatella Taramelli et al., Anti-plasmodial and insecticidal activities of the essential oils of aromatic plants growing in the Mediterranean area. Malar J. 2012; 11: 219.

Sardinia is a Mediterranean area endemic for malaria up to the last century. During a screening study to evaluate the anti-plasmodial activity of some aromatic plants traditionally used in Sardinia, Myrtus communis (myrtle, Myrtaceae), Satureja thymbra (savory, Lamiaceae), and Thymus herba-barona (caraway thyme, Lamiaceae) were collected in three vegetative periods: before, during and after flowering.