Aloe vera Aloe vera
Parts used: Leaves, gel
Actions (Definitions here)
Abortifacient, anthelmintic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, bitter, cholagogue, decoagulant, demulcent, depurative, emollient, laxative, purgative, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, tonic, vermifuge
Anthraquinone glycosides, polysaccharides, resins, sterols, chromones, saponins
- Aloe vera enzymes soften the skin by removing dead skin cells and help increase moisture content and cell regeneration.
- It is most widely known for its healing effects on burns, sores, and poison ivy, by soothing burns and itching. It prevents scarring and tissue damage and is helpful in treatment of eczema, acne, skin ulcers, fungal infections, and stings or insect bites.
- It has even been reported to help with skin cancer.
- Aloe has been used to treat HIV by limiting the movement of the virus through the body and into cells.
- In Africa, hunters were known to rub the gel on their bodies to remove their scent.
- Internally, aloe acts as a purgative and laxative; however, ingestion of too much can cause severe cramping and is not advised without doctor consent.
- It is used as a soothing remedy for digestive ailments such as stomach ulcers or colitis.
Safety and Precautions
Not for long term use. Not for use during pregnancy. Best if used fresh.
How to Use
Fresh gel: Split open leaf and apply gel as needed to burns, scrapes, bites, dry skin, acne, or fungal infections (Best when using fresh gel, as stored gel has been documented as losing potency).
Tincture: Take 1 tsp (5ml) 3 times daily for constipation or 10-60 drops 3 times daily to stimulate bile flow.
Growing and Harvesting
Prefers well-drained soil in full sun to light shade. Water to keep the soil damp in summer, and cut back on watering in winter months.
Harvest oldest, outer leaves first as needed, and scrape out gel with knife. Preferably use fresh.
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