ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY OF BRAZILIAN HONEY AND ALOE VERAAbstract
Honey is commonly used by the indigenous population in Brazil due to its large variety of physiological properties such as ulcers and dermatitis healing. The goal of this paper is to select and to test different types of Brazilian honey to be used associated with Aloe vera as an accessible wound treatment. Three types of honey were analyzed: two produced by Tetragonisca angustula in different regions of Brazil and one honey produced by Apis mellifera scutellata, associated with both water and Aloe vera. Quantitative assays, where bacterial growth curve was analyzed by optical density, were performed to test the antimicrobial activity of the samples. From the results obtained, we observed that the three types of honey studied presented a satisfactory antimicrobial activity. The association between honey and Aloe vera, besides demonstrating better antimicrobial action than each compound itself, it demonstrated better effectiveness against Enterobacteriaceae species (E. coli and S. typhimurium).