Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3833

Full Length Research Paper

Screening of traditional utilized Haworthia limifolia for antibacterial and antifungal properties

R. M. Coopoosamy* and K. K. Naidoo
Department of Nature Conservation, Mangosuthu University of Technology, P. O. Box 12363, Jacobs, 4026, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 18 November 2010
  •  Published: 04 January 2011

Abstract

Haworthia limifolia is often used by traditional healers as a spiritual remedy to ward off evil as well as a treatment as blood purifiers and cures against coughs, skin rashes, sun burns, burns, etc. H. limifolia exhibits similar morphological characteristics as Aloespecies. A validation of the use of H. limifolia crude extracts from the leaves was successful against five Gram-positive and four Gram-negative bacteria. Extracts from the leaves also exhibited antimicrobial activities in all treatments against the selected bacterial and fungal strains.

 

Key wordsHaworthia limifolia, antimicrobial, traditional medicines.