Volume 20 No 22 (2022)
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Cultivation and Evaluation of Antifungal Activity of Citronella and Basil Oil against Various Fungal Infections
Arvind Kumar, Rajendra Bapna, Revathi A. Gupta and Karunakar Shukla
Combinations of different essential oils are often an option for therapeutic use for human health. Several researchers have examined in detail the modes of action of essential oils and most of their components and combinations. Approximately 90 types of essential oils with more than thousand combinations can be identified as being suggested for dermatological use. This research explores the antifungal properties of essential oils i.e. citronell and basil oil as natural treatment against pathogens responsible for dermatological infections i.e. Tinea corporis and Tinea capitis. The purpose of this research is to describe the properties of essential oils, principally as antifungal agents, and their role in the form of accords of essential oils or combinations. The essential oil collected from Cymbopogon flexuosus (Lemongrass), Ocimum basilicum (Basil) and Cymbopogon winterianus (Citronella) exhibited strong inhibition against all the selected fungi tested in this study. The therapeutic use of essential oils may also provide a solution for the rapid development of fungal resistance that is problematic with the currently available common antifungal therapeutics.
Essential oils, antifungal effect, Trichophyton tonsurans Microsporum canis.
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