Macroscopic analysis of candidiasis on the tongue dorsum of mice. Scores obtained from the macroscopic analysis of candidiasis on the tongue dorsum of mice after 24 h of the treatment with essential oil of M. alternifolia or physiological solution for the control group (n = 10 per group). The scores were attributed according to Takakura el al. 2003 as follows: Score 0 (normal), Score 1 (white patches on less than 20% of the surface), Score 2 (white patches covering between 21% and 90% of the surface), Score 3 (white patches on more than 91% of the surface) and Score 4 (thick white patchy pseudomembranes covering more than 91% of the surface). There were no significant differences between the groups treated with M. alternifolia oil and control (Mann-Whitney test, P = 0.3662).