Dr. Rizzo and I are studying the use of Manuka Honey and Beeswax as a Natural Antibacterial Wound Dressing. We are creating a flexible wound dressing with these materials by infusing a variety of natural oils and powders. Our laboratory has previously demonstrated antimicrobial efficacy of a formulation utilizing other natural butters and oils against Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Our goal is to demonstrate that these novel materials will prevent skin infections and possibly serve to heal an already infected wound. Through this project, I will have the opportunity to present at a national conference for the American Chemical Society, where I will be able to discuss my research with many established scientists
My methods include measuring out certain volumes of essential oils and infusing them with various types of honey as well as beeswax. The types of honey include Manuka honey, Raw honey, and Raw unfiltered honey. The addition of aloe vera gel has proven to be necessary as well, due to the fact that the honey and oils do not mix together by themselves. The aloe allows all of the materials to combine into the same layer for testing. Once the sample is made, its resistance to ultraviolet radiation is tested as well as its antibacterial effect.