anti-microbial properties ... not very effective EXCEPT,,,,, (moooo?)

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on October 3, 2002 at 17:45:15:

In reply to: Re: Soles of the feet posted by Kelly M. on October 3, 2002 at 16:32:51:

I've got several medical papers testing henna's reputiation as an
anti-microbial, anti-inflamatory and suchlike. Henna does NOT do as
good a job at knocking out microbes as simply washing with soap and
hot water. However, the Bedouin hold that henna is antimicrobial, and
the Bedouin historically have had limited access to abundant water for
washing. So .... wash first. If you can't wash, henna might help
againse a few microbes (maybe).

There is one exception ...... ringworm. Henna was demonstrated as
effective against ringworm in calves(trycophyton verrucosum) in "The
Effect of Henna (Folium Lawsonia) Paste in Ringworm in Calves"
Bosoglu, Birdane and Solmaz, Indian Veterinary Journal 75, Jan 1998,
71-72 (but there was no conclusion that it was also effective in people)

"In Henna as an Antimicrobial Agent", Guerrier, Abdulwahab, Basri, and
Revill, International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 10, 131-136
demonstrated that henna was NOT effective against Candida albicans,
trichosporon beigelii, but showed some growth inhibition against
trychophyton mentagrophytes, microsporum canis and microsporum gypseum.


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