Aloe Vera is a member of the aloe family. Originating from
Africa, it is now grown in many countries. It can even be
cultivated in temperate areas if protected from frost. It
is an easy-to-grow house plant which would come in very
handy for burns and minor skin irritations.
There are over 300 different types of aloe, but the main
aloe used traditionally as a herbal medicine is aloe vera.
Aloe vera means "true aloe" in Latin.
The aloe vera plant has long, thick, dark-green leaves
with small yellow-green streaks. The juice or gel from the
leaves is the part that is most used. It can be used fresh
This gel is used in many of todays products, including
cosmetics, skin lotions, moisturizers, burn gels, even in
drinks. In Japan it is also a common ingredient in yogurt.
Aloe has been used since the time of Cleopatra, over 2000
years ago. This is one of the first documented accounts
of using aloe vera. Cleopatra used it as a topical application
on her skin as protection from the sun and to keep her skin
Nutrients in Aloe Vera
Vitamins: Vitamin A,
Vitamin B1, B2,
Vitamin C, Vitamin
The aloe vera gel is cooling, promotes healing, and has
antiseptic, anti-inflamatory, and anti-fungal properties.
The gel can be applied topically for:
Burns, scalds, sun burn, radiation burns.
Diaper rash. Nappy rash.
Dry and itchy scalp.
Taken internally, it can be helpful for:
Candidiasis (yeast infection or thrush).
Tea or tincture of the whole leaf is used internally for
constipation, intestinal worms, and liver congestion. (Liver
congestion is caused by toxic overload. The liver is unable
to detoxify the blood effectively.)
Do not consume during pregnancy. May cause purging.
Taking high doses of the leaves may also cause vomiting.
Method and dose
For topical applications, the best method is using fresh
aloe vera gel. Simpy use a knife and slice off the top of
a leaf and squeeze the gel directly onto the skin. The leaf
that is cut will seal over and you can reuse that leaf over
If you do not grow the plant, you can buy the aloe vera
leaves. These leaves will keep for several months if stored
n a cool place (or in the refrigerator).
The clear gel can also be taken internally. Dosage: 1 -