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Aloe Vera

by Tiffany in Health & Healing

Healing Uses for Aloe VeraAloe Vera has been used to heal both internally and externally. Derived from the Aloe Vera plant, it has long, spiked leaves, which are thick-skinned and contain a clear gel-like substance. It is used today in many products, including cosmetics, skin lotions and moisturizers, burn gels and even sun screen creams.

It speeds the healing of many skin injuries, including burns, hives and poison ivy; and also acts as a laxative. For minor burns, the stabilized aloe gel is applied topically to the affected area of the skin three to five times per day. Treatment of more serious burns should only be done under the supervision of a healthcare professional. In addition, apart from providing relief from itching, it helps to heal blisters and sores. For people suffering from Psoriasis, Aloe Vera has provided relief by reducing the pain and itching. It has been proved that the gel causes considerable improvement in the nature of lesions as well.

The laxative element of the plant works by preventing the absorption of water from the bowel. For constipation, a single 50-200 mg capsule of aloe latex can be taken each day for a maximum of ten days. This component of Aloe also kills some bacteria, and is believed to act against a variety of viruses including herpes, chickenpox, and flu. It is recommended not to combine Aloe with other medications that are used to flush water and potassium from the body.

For internal use of aloe gel, two tablespoons, three times per day, is used by some people for inflammatory bowel conditions, such as Crohn’s disease and colitis. However, while commercial gels and juices, which are processed under strict controls, can be found at most health food stores as well as many supermarkets, it is always recommended that one consult a physician before self-treating a medical condition.

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

8 Comments on Aloe Vera

  • Aloe vera is also an fantastic antioxidant. Aloe vera is taken as juice and as gel for treating mouth ulcers and other form of ulcers.

  • LR

    … and aloe vera is even very carefull to use during diet periods .. i know it.

    best regards

  • Kim

    I know aloe vera for many years. I grow aloe, I use it all the time. I use it to treat acne, or as skin care substance like many others do. But most people don`t know that it can be ingested. I have friends from China, they take aloe as a kind of vegetable, they make soup with it. And recently, a product called AloeCure, an aloe drink is available in the market.

    • Hello my friends! It is really100% true about Aloe Vera. Great plant, many benefits, easy to get, low cost! It is First Aid at your home – for sun burns, source of vitamins, minerals, effect on the gut, oral health, antiviral activity, effect on the skin-the more you take Aloe Vera, the younger your skin, and many more…! Drink aloe stay healthy!

  • Len

    I also am a firm believer in Aloe Vera. I take it in the powder form. It has made my immune system like a fortress. I also have experienced great skin and nails. I know many people who use it for different health conditions they have. It truly is a miracle plant right here for us to use. The product I use is Aloe Care+

  • Maria

    Aloe Vera has been wonderful for my skin for a long time.Thanks for the info.

  • Virginia

    My house is never without the Made from Earth Aloe Vera Skin Treatment and I’ve tried many kinds. Most of what has been available has been in gel form – which is full of chemicals! To make it gel-like, carcinogenic preservatives are used, as well as artificial colors, scents, etc. All I want is 100% aloe vera.

    Since finding the Made from Earth Aloe Vera (including the Aloe & Jojoba for the body), I keep one bottle on the frig door at all times for a more immediate cooling, soothing effect. One bottle is in the bathroom medicine cabinet and one in the bedroom. Its not a gel – its a real aloe vera cream that is potent.

  • Wan

    My sister had a nasty cut on her calf which became infected…blisters and pus. Another friend fell from her bicycle and bruised the skin around her eye. Both of them used aloe gel and the wounds healed like magic. Then there is another lady friend who is happy to substitute over the counter laxatives for natural aloe gel. I always make sure there are at least two pots of aloe vera plants around the house, it may not cure all our health problems, however it’s definitely one of the most useful plants for every family.