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EXTRACTION, FORMULATION AND EVALUATION OF POLYHERBAL HAND SANITIZER

Abstract

Hands are the most common mode of transmission of pathogens to patients and proper hand hygiene can prevent health care associated infections and the spread of antimicrobial resistance. The aim of present study was to prepare herbal hand sanitizer incorporating the extracts of Azadirachtaindica (Neem), Ocimum sanctum Linn. (Tulsi) and Zingiber officinale (Ginger) herbal combination having multidimensional activities for evaluate their respective antimicrobial efficacy and safety of hands. The objective is to have a formulation with low risk of side effects, lower cost, increase safety and compliance of individuals. The formulation was evaluated for organoleptic properties and antimicrobial properties against the specified microorganism (Bacteria- Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus) by using cup plate method. The results revealed that the herbal hand sanitizer is efficient in reducing number of organisms as it gives larger inhibition zone than the marketed synthetic hand sanitizer.

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