Herbal plants' uses in animal skin

Herbal plants' uses in animal skin
Herbal plants are used to cure diseases and they are more affordable than expensive modern pharmaceuticals. Animals get skin diseases as a result of parasites, bacteria and fungi. Parasites cause external skin diseases like demadicoisis by living in the sebaceous glands and hair follicles of the animal. Bacteria and fungi also cause various skin diseases, such as folliculitis, impetigo, sporotrichosis, etc. Often herbal medicines are preferred over allopathic drugs as they are nontoxic, cheap and have no side effects. Many herbal plants are used to cure skin diseases. Powdered gum of Acacia nilotica (babul) mixed with egg white is applied for burns. Bulb and seeds of Allium cepa (onion) added with mustard oil is used for insect bite, scorpion bite and inflammatory swelling. Allium sativum (garlic) is used as an antiseptic for treating wounds and as lotions for washing wounds. Azadirachta indica (neam) leaf and its oil are used as antiseptic. Neem leaves added with honey is boiled and used for treating ulcers and skin diseases. Mustard seeds and oil obtained from Brassica juncea (brown mustard) are used for cleansing the skin and to make the skin smoother; also, a combination of this is used for other herbal preparation. Wood of Cedrus deodara (Himalayan cedar) produces kelenkatel, an oligoresin that is used to treat skin disease, ulcer and mange in horses. Lime juice of Citrus limon (lemon) is externally applied for skin infections. Lime oil with glycerine is applied to scrotum. Warts and skin eruptions are treated with mixture of lime juice, potassium carbonate and copper sulphate. Seed oil from Jatropa curcas (fig nut) is used to treat ringworm, Herpes and itches. Oil obtained from Mentha piperita (pepper mint) is used as a germicide, anaesthetic and antiseptic. Paste made from Ocimum sanctum (tulsi) leaves is used to cure ring worm. Every part of a plant and its components, such as seed, fruit, leaf, resin, oil, bark, gum, wood, rhizome, root, etc. are used to treat scabies, ringworm, pediculi, lice, eczema, itches and skin diseases.


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Shree Harish T. Herbal plants' uses in animal skin. BioLim O-Media. 24 January, 2015. 3(1).
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