Aloe Vera


Parts Used Gel and Powder from the leaf


Common Uses

  • Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and analgesic
  • Helps to heal burns, skin injuries, wounds and ulcers
  • Soothes skin rashes, acne, insect bites and stings, poison oak and poison ivy.
  • Soothes dry skin conditions
  • Is very useful for soothing eczema especially when it occurs on sensitive facial skin.
  • Soothes sun burnt skin
  • The gel is rich in enzymes and herbalists recommend taking; it internally as a general tonic. They say it can also be useful for poor appetite as it stimulates bile flow and aids digestion.
  • The powder is a powerful purgative, herbalists sometimes recommend it for stubborn constipation.


How Aloe Vera Works
Aloe Vera contains a large number of vital nutrients including vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, polysaccharides, minerals and trace elements.


It's value lies in it's ability to nourish the dermis (the skin), increasing the formation of collagen and elastin, and stimulating the regeneration of damaged tissue.


Aloe Vera has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and analgesic properties. It is also thought to be antifungal.
Another great asset of Aloe Vera is it's ability to pull moisture from the air and help the skin to hold on to it, acting as a humectant.


Safety Issues

  • Aloe Vera should be avoided during pregnancy as it is a strong purgative.
  • High doses of the leaves can cause vomiting.
  • Although allergic reaction to Aloe Vera is rare, some individuals, particularly diabetics can develop an intolerance to it.


History of Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has been an important part of mankind's medicine chest for more than 4000 years.


It is thought to have originated in tropical Africa where it was used to treat poison arrow wounds. From there it moved through all the major civilizations and quickly became popular for it's amazing healing powers.


Aloe Vera was used in Egypt, Greece, Rome and China as well as in Arabia and India. It reached the West Indies in the 16th century, where it was widely cultivated.


In modern times it is hard to find anyone who is not aware of the healing powers of Aloe Vera, and nearly every cosmetic counter has shampoos, soaps and skin lotions containing Aloe Vera.


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