22 Dec Aloe (Aloe barbadensis)
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.
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.
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)
REMEMBER – do not apply juice to healthy skin.