India has foiled an attempt made by consumer goods giant Colgate-Palmolive to patent a nutmeg mouthwash formula, a statement by the Science & technology Ministry said in here on Thursday.

“The Traditional Knowledge Digital Library of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR-TKDL) had submitted proof in the form of references from ancient books, which said the herb and its extracts of Myristica Fragrans were used for oral diseases in Indian systems of medicine,” read the statement.

The Ministry said other third party observations also made submissions against the claims by the global consumer good major.

It added that various institutions of CSIR had filed applications for 14 patents in India and 22 abroad, of which one patent was granted in India and 14 abroad.