Submitted: 28 Nov 2016
Accepted: 22 Dec 2016
First published online: 31 Dec 2016
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Int J Phytocos Nat Ingred. 2016;3(1):7.
doi: 10.15171/ijpni.2016.07
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Review Article

Biological activity of Cymbopogon citratus (DC) Stapf and its Potential Cosmetic Activities

Tatiana De Los Angeles Mosquera 1 *

1 Universidad Politécnica Salesiana, Quito Ecuador


The present work makes a general bibliographical review around a variety of issues around Cymbopogon citrates and tries to summarize the most important aspect and qualities of the plant that make it a potential element in the research and defining of cosmetics with natural ingredients.

The biological antibacterial and antifungal activities of the species Cymbopogon citratus (DC) Stapf , have been identified by several authors by highlighting a potential action on a large number of pathogens, some of them related to dermal problems. Various other activities have been evaluated, such as antioxidant and insecticide; allowing the extract to be incorporated in cosmetic and insecticide formulations. Several studies consider the species for patented formulations that include microencapsulation as a viable option. Non-invasive in-vivo studies have been reviewed in this work to analyse any potential toxicology and to define the best concentrations of use.

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