Herbal Drugs and Cosmetics

Herbal Drugs and herbal-based cosmetics currently hold a dynamic and complex market both locally and globally. Therefore, delivering safer products with quality and efficacy to meet the customer requirements, developing the brand image, is an ever increasing challenge to all the sectors involving in the above market place.

Analysis of herbal drugs and cosmetics according to local and international standards is a readily available service at ITI. Identification by TLC, pH, moisture, relative density, colouring matter, refractive index, saponification value, unsaponification value, acid value, peroxide value, thermal stability, non-volatile matter, total ash, water-soluble ash, acid-insoluble ash, are some of the parameters tested under the above category and you may contact Herbal Technology Division at ITI for the further information. 

In addition, Phyto-chemical analysis of herbal plant materials from medicinal plants and herbal-based products are available with advanced instrumentation techniques to fulfill the client requirements.

  • Analysis of coumarin - Analysis of coumarin is carried out mainly for Ceylon cinnamon as ground cinnamon quills, featherings, and cinnamon based commodities, such as tea, confectionary and ayurvedic products.
  • Analysis of catechin -Analysis of black tea and green tea is performed by HPLC for total catechins as well as individual catechins including catechin, epicatechin, gallocatechin, epigallocatechin, epigallocatechin gallate, epicatechin gallate and catechin gallate.
  • Analysis of vanillin - Analysis of vanillin is employed for synthetic and natural vanilla flavour, vanilla pods and vanilla powder.
  • Asiaticoside  of Gotukola & azadirachtine in Neem – by HPLC techniques

 The services for Active ingredients testing in herbal cosmetics (eg:  mouth wash, balm, mosquito repellent made out of essential oil) can also be obtained in our premises.

Apart from the regular standardized services, those testing facilities are available in the form of customized testing services.


Essential Oils

Analysis of essential oils (eg: Cinnamon leaf oil and bark oil, Sandalwood oil) in plant materials for detection and quantification of their active ingredients, are carried out at HTS according to international standards using Gas chromatographic techniques (GC/GC MS). 


Series of bio assays are facilitated to carry out under our Bio-activity laboratory at Herbal Technology Division to fulfil the ever increasing demand of the industries related to life sciences, especially in pharmaceutical development and manufacturing. You can find the available facilities below and contact our scientists for further information. 


  •   Antioxidant assays
            DPPH radical scavenging assay

          ABTS radical scavenging assay

          Oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) assay

          Ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP) assay

          Ferrous iron chelation assay

          Total flavonoid content (TFC) assay

          Total polyphenolic content (TPC) assay 


  • Anti-inflammatory assays

           Nitric oxide inhibition assay

           Superoxide inhibition assay


  • Anti-hypertension assays


           Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibition assay




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  •    Anti-aging assays

           Anti-elastase assay

           Anti-collagenase assay

           Anti-hyaluronidase assay

           Anti-tyrosinase assay

           Sun Protection Factor (SPF) assay

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  •  Anti-lipidemic assays

          Anti-lipase assay

          Anti-cholesterol esterase assay

          Cholesterol micellization inhibition assay

          Bile acid binding assay


  •  Anti-diabetic assays

          Anti-amylase assay

          Anti-glucosidase assay

          Anti-glycation assays (BSA/Glucose and BSA/MGO assays)

          Glycation reversing assay


  •  Membrane stabilization assays

           Heat induced membrane stabilization assay

           Hypotonicity induced membrane stabilization assay


  • Anti-genotoxicityassays

           Allium cepa chromosomal aberration assay

  •   Anti-cancer assays

           Glutathionase-s-transferase inhibition assay



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Herbal Product Development

Herbal technology division of ITI continuously engages in the research activities for product development and value addition of herbal based drugs and cosmetics. The manufacturing technology of a wide range of products has been introduced to the market and supports the industry with troubleshooting and process or product improvements as requested by clients.

Manufacturing of Skincare Products (Whitening cream, Face wash, Body gel, Body lotion, Soap, Toner, Hand wash), Spa Products (Massage oil, Body wrap, Moisturizing balm, Body scrub), Haircare products (Shampoo, Herbal oil, Blended oil, Hair cream/gel, Hair tonic) Oralcare Products (Mouthwash, toothpaste), Perfumes, Cologne (Baby/Eudicologne), Aftershaves and Air-fresheners, are currently among our available technologies. Further, many herbal medicines, such as Ready to serve Pas-panguwa, Herbal analgesic oil/spray, Topical cream, ointments and other products (Herbal mosquito repellent coil and liquid vaporizers, are developed and technologies are ready to transfer.

Also, we handle contract projects with customers as per their requests on analysis of consumer products or raw materials and troubleshooting in manufacturing processes.  

See Technologies Ready to Transfer



Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2020 13:27








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