Chewing Basil Extract To Overcome Bad Breath
Student Creativity Program Team Chemistry Department of Education Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, State University of Yogyakarta make use of basil leaf extract (Ocinum canum) as the active ingredient herbal candy prevention of bad breath. Basil have antimicrobial flavonoid is capable of preventing the entry of bacteria, viruses, and fungi that are harmful to the body.
Flavonoids act directly as an antibiotic that interferes with the function of microorganisms. So far, basil is used as fresh vegetables at meal times to eliminate bad breath. But the way it is less effective because basil is used only at certain times. Therefore, the necessary breakthrough to be able to eliminate bad breath in a more effective, for example made of candy. The way it is more effective because the candy can be consumed anytime and anywhere.
Most people avoid eating foods that could potentially cause bad breath such as jengkol, durian, and banana. In addition to bad breath caused by bacteria that cause bad breath, also caused by the remnants of food left in the mouth. Nearly 90 percent of the causes of bad breath is the sulfur-producing bacteria that live in the back of the mouth. To provide a safe alternative to oral antibau consumed, herbal candy of basil leaf extract is one way out to eliminate bad breath.
Ways of making candy begins with basil basil leaves washed and then blend until smooth. The next process is extortion with basil leaf extract was filtered with a 200 mesh sieve, followed by varying the concentration of the extract 25 percent, 50 percent, 75 percent and 100 percent.
Extract and then cooked with basil leaves mixed with glucose and citric acid to slightly sticky sweets followed by putting on a baking sheet and leave for an hour, then print it. After it has cooled to the "freezer" for 24 hours and then packed in a plastic bubble. Test characteristics of the herbal extract chewing basil leaves, among others, analysis of water content, sugar content, crude fiber content test, and analysis of date. Further tested the inhibition of basil leaf extract on the growth of Streptococcus viridans and acceptance testing (organoleptic).