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Aloe

(Aloe barbadensis)

Description

This plant is hardy and can grow and retain its moisture in drought-stricken or almost impossible situations, usually in the warmer parts of the world. 

Aloe vera has been used for its medicinal purposes for thousands of years. It has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, wound healing and moisturising properties. 

If the plant is taken internally, it is a powerful laxative. The plant has pointed leaves filled with a gel substance. It is this gel which has the healing properties. It apparently contains a natural antihistamine and pain relieving agent. Aloe gel contains an ingredient which acts as a moisturiser to soothe, soften, and protect the skin. 

How It May Benefit You

  • digestive disorders, gastritis, stomach ulcers. - Internally.

  • constipation. - Internally.

  • minor burns, infection in wounds, insect bites, skin irritations, bruising, chickenpox, sunburn, acne. - Apply to skin externally.

  • irritated eyes. - Apply to skin externally.

  • stimulates immunity.

Caution 

Aloe juice straight from the plant should only be used on skin that is unhealthy or irritated. It can cause problems on healthy skin. If you are pregnant - use aloe internally after consultation with a doctor or Pharmacist. 

WARNING:    Herbs should only be used under the supervision of an experienced herbalist or naturopath experienced in herbs.

Availability

Aloe is available as a powder, capsules, bottled gel, or tablets. 

Uses straight from the plant - 

  • bites and stings from insects

  • burns, sunburn. (Add aloe gel to a warm bath)

  • blisters.

REMEMBER - do not apply juice to healthy skin.