ANTIBACTERIAL POTENTIAL OF LEAVES USED IN WORSHIPING THE GODD.H. TAMBEKAR, B.S. ICHANTE, M.V. KHODAKE, V.J. KATFIOLE AND V.P. SHENDOKAR
Several plants species reported in folk and traditional system of medicine are therapeutic and possessed antimicrobial properties. Leaves of the 9 plants, which are usually used in worshiping the God, were used in the study. It is observed that the aqueous extracts of Ocimum sanctum (Linn) leaves were more efficient than extracts in organic solvents. Aqueous extracts of Mangifera indica (Linn) leaves were most efficient followed by methanol, acetone, ethanol, ether extracts while benzene, and xylene extracts were not antibacterial against the tested organisms. Extracts of Aegle marmelos (L.) leaves showed sensitivity against all the pathogens tested. The methanol extract of Ficus racemosa leaves were more antibacterial than aqueous, ethanol, benzene and acetone extracts. Xylene, ethanol and aqueous extracts of Custard apple (Annona squamosa) were highly antibacterial against all tested bacterial pathogens and least sensitive to extracts of methanol, acetone, benzene, and ether. Thus these herbal products with antibacterial activity' can be used as a good alternative to antibiotics to combat the diseases.
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