Aloe Vera

Aloe vera and orchids

The medicinal herb Aloe Vera as an alternative herbal remedy for burns, diabetes and osteoarthritis – aloe, burn plant, lily of the desert, elephant’s gall :

Latin Names–Aloe vera, Aloe barbadensisPicture of Alloe Vera

  • Red aloe (Aloe ferox) is known for its tonic effect on digestive functioning. It is also a natural remedy to support healthy bowel movements. Recent research and studies have shown Aloe to be particularly effective in maintaining healthy digestion and routine, healthy stools. (Odes HS, Madar Z. “A double-blind trial of a celandin, aloe vera and psyllium laxative preparation in adult patients with constipation”. Digestion. 1991;49(2):65-71). (Langmead L, Feakins RM, Goldthorpe S, et al. “Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of oral aloe vera gel for active ulcerative colitis”.

What Aloe Vera Is Used For

  • Traditionally an herbal remedy for burns, aloe was used topically to heal wounds and for various skin conditions, and orally as a laxative.
  • Today, in addition to traditional uses, people take aloe orally to treat a variety of conditions, including diabetes, asthma, epilepsy, and osteoarthritis. People use aloe topically for osteoarthritis, burns, and sunburns.
  • Aloe vera gel can be found in hundreds of skin products, including lotions and sunblocks.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved aloe vera as a natural food flavoring.
  • Aloe Ferox (Aloe) has been traditionally used in wound healing since ancient times. The Egyptians were using Aloe as early as 1500BC. Aloe contains a number of active compounds that have proven healing properties and an excellent effect on skin health, growth and repair. It is not surprising that Aloe has a history of being a common household remedy and is found in many commercial skin care preparations!

How Aloe Vera Is Used

  • Aloe leaves contain a clear gel that is often used as a topical ointment. The green part of the leaf that surrounds the gel can be used to produce a juice or a dried substance (called latex) that is taken by mouth.
  • The aloe vera gel can be applied directly to the wound. It can be applied to a new cut, abrasion, or an insect bite. The soothing effect of the aloe vera gel can be felt almost immediately.
  • The aloe vera gel if applied immediately to a cut or wound, prevents the onset of an infection. The common band-aid can be used over the wound to keep the aloe vera gel in place.
  • The aloe vera gel can be applied to mosquito or insect bites. Brings immediate relief to any itchy feeling. You can see the swelling go down within a couple of minutes.

Aloe species are frequently cultivated as ornamental plants both in gardens and in pots. Many aloe species are highly decorative and are valued by collectors of succulents. Aloe vera is used both internally and externally on humans, and is claimed to have some medicinal effects, which have been supported by scientific and medical research. The gel in the leaves can be made into a smooth type of cream that can heal burns such as sunburn. They can also be made into types of special soaps.