Siminspray, an Innovative Idea for Nose Spray Devices by IPB University Students
Two IPB University students won 2nd place in the Student Scientific Competition (KIMIA). This competition was organized by the Chemistry Student Association of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMIPA) of Lambung Mangkurat University.
The two IPB University students are Gilang Ramadhan and Feby Abelina from the Department of Mechanical and Biosystem Engineering, Faculty of Agricultural Technology, IPB University. Both of them initiated the Siminspray idea to minimize the transmission of Covid-19.
Gilang Ramadhan explained that Siminspray is a nasal spray or nasal spray made from green chiretta and mint leaves. He said the Siminspray liquid was made by the maceration method.
"This Siminspray is designed with an attractive and lightweight packaging, so it is easy to carry everywhere and can be an effective protective medicine," added Gilang Ramadhan.
Gilang explained that green chiretta plants can be used as traditional medicine for respiratory problems. Respiratory tract problems in question such as upper respiratory tract infections, flu, sore throat, and laryngitis.
Furthermore, Gilang explained, the andrographolide content which reaches 2.99 percent in green chiretta can treat many viruses such as influenza A virus (IAV). Additionally, the andrographolide content is also useful for treating diseases caused by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) 54, dengue virus (DENV) 1, and Chikungunya virus (CHIKV). In fact, since the pandemic, andrographolide is predicted to be able to inhibit COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Gilang also delineated that mint leaves also have many benefits as a respiratory medicine that complements green chiretta. He said, menthol is the most famous main ingredient of mint leaves. This ingredient has properties to help relieve breathing and soothe inflammation of the nose. The menthol content in mint leaves reaches 50 percent and is able to be an anti-inflammatory substance or throat lozenge and reduce shortness of breath.
“Siminspray is safe to use in the long term because there are no harmful substances that have a negative impact on users. Plus, the raw materials used to make Siminspray are easy to find in Indonesia, so they can be sold at an economical price,” said Gilang. (NIRS) (IAAS/FAP)
Published Date : 24-Sep-2021
Resource Person : Gilang Ramadhan
Keyword : nasal spray, mint, bitter, sore throat medicine, IPB students
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