Formulation and Evaluation of Antiseptic Activity of the Herbal Cream Containing Curcuma longa and Tea Tree Oil:

Richard Lobo, Kirti Prabhu, Arun Shirwaikar, Arun Shirwaikar, Mamata Ballal

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Curcuma longa Linn., commonly known as Turmeric, Indian saffron or Haldi belongs to family Zingiberaceae., is a perennial herb with simple and large leaves. Its tubers, rhizomes and oil have great importance. Melaleuca alternifolia commonly known as tea tree oil, belonging to the family myrtaceae, has been used as a botanical medicine in various forms over the centuries for its antibacterial activity. In this study a cream have been formulated using vanishing cream base incorporating Curcuma longa ethanol extract and tea tree oil in different ratio. The formulated creams were tested for their microbicidal activity against various skin pathogens viz. Pseudomonas aeruginosa (ATCC 27853), Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC25354), Staphylococcus epidermis (ATCC 12228), Propionibacterium acne (ATCC 6919), Candida albicans (ATCC 36232), Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) (Clinical isolate), Methicillin Susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) (Clinical isolate). The formulated creams showed excellent microbicidal activity against all the pathogens used in the test.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-32
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biologically Active Products from Nature
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2011


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Plant Science
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Drug Discovery
  • Pharmacology
  • Toxicology

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