Termed the miracle plant, Aloe Vera (Sempervium) grows in arid climates and is widely distributed in Africa, India and other arid areas. There are nearly five hundred species of aloe that have been originated in southern Africa alone.
Aloe is from the cactus plant tribe. This medicinal herb was obtained from the Arabic word Alloeh which means shining bitter substance. It is very bitter indeed.
In my country a home is incomplete without the aloe plant. It is a very important medicinal herb to our people since thousands of years.
This medicinal herb is commonly known in Jamaica as "single bible or Sinkle Bible." It grows profusely in dry areas sending out yellow drooping flowers, which grow in a long raceme at the top of the flower stalk, up to four feet.
The common names are Bombay aloes, Turkey aloes, Mocha aloes, Zanzibar aloes, Barbados aloes, and Curacao aloes. It is of the Liliaceae family. This herbal plant is also known as Lily of the desert, the Plant of immortality, as well as the Medicine plant.
Aloe Vera is a very short-stemmed or stem-less plant, with thick and fleshy grayish-green colored leaves. It is also found in the West Indies and other tropical areas. It is a perennial plant in the lily family and is known for its healing and soothing properties. It is really a wholesome, soothing and succulent plant.
The medicinal properties are bitter tonic, laxative, vermifuge, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, cathartic, depurative and emmenagogue.
Its medicinal uses are many. Some of the benefits of Aloe Vera is that it is useful in the treatment of sore, cut, wound or burn, diabetes and elevated blood lipids in humans, piles or hemorrhoids. This medicinal herb is used as laxatives and cleanser, bitter tonics, expels intestinal worms, and to clean out the colon. Aloe has been used historically as a soothing balm. The gel is very excellent for minor wounds, blisters as well as sunburn. It can even removes scars.
It is so very good for wounds because it targets inflammation as well as swellings associated with the wounds. It can also alleviate the redness that most times accompany wounds.
The Aloe Vera juice is commonly mixed with other herbs to increase its strength. The juice is very effective in the treatment of the digestive tract conditions, especially in regards to peptic ulcer as well as colitis.
It contains about ninety-six percent water water and the remaining four percent is composed of active compounds, inclusive of essential oil, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, enzymes, as well as glycoproteins. Due to its many active ingredients or constituents many healers have made it a recommended ingredient in their liquid medicines.
Aloe is one of the most respected medicinal plants found in many gels, creams, lotions, hair conditioners, and massage oil. It is very healing to the skin. The gel is commonly used as a moisturizer for skin because it can help trap and lock-in moisture. This can be purchased from many stores. However, most of these contain large amount of other additives, so it would be good for all to grow their own aloe plant.
Millions of people, including men, women and even children suffer from hair loss, and it is good to promote hair growth.
Also, Aloe is an immune system booster, tissue healer, and a natural digestive tonic. It is very strengthening, and will support the body's natural defenses.
In the West Indies, the dried gel of the aloe leaves are mixed with unsweetened natural wine and used as a medicine for diabetes. Add three tablespoons dried aloes to a pint of unsweetened wine. Take two wineglass full, twice a day.
The fresh gel of aloe can be mixed with honey, Irish moss and cinnamon and used as a tonic for impotency, arthritis, gout, rheumatism, varicose veins, gas, lung problems, asthma, hypertension, colds, bronchitis, nerve conditions, and all internal bleeding. It is also used as a tonic for cancer, especially cancer of the stomach and colon. The dosage is two tablespoons, 3 times daily.
As an eyewash aloe is very soothing and healing. It clears up red eyes, improves vision and brings out the natural color of the eyes. A tea can be made by adding boiling water to a teaspoon of fresh aloe gel or dried aloe.
It is non-toxic, with no known side effects. Take one teaspoonful to one pint of water, strain and use. A teaspoonful of boric acid added to this mixture will prevent souring. It is best to take juice just before breakfast or at bedtime.
The aloe juice is now popular in stores worldwide. You can purchase your own and follow the directions. The fresh juice is reputed to be good for applying to burns, and sunburns which heal without scars, skin irritations and insect bites. It is also good for the removal of warts, wrinkles and discolorations from the face and skin.
It is rich in calcium and potassium and the yellow juice of the vein is used externally to cure ringworm. Also, when mixed with lemon juice and applied as a poultice, it heals skin ulcers and boils.
Aloe can relieve dandruff, stimulate hair growth, strengthens the hair and kills bacteria associated with scalp disease. It can be applied to open wounds, minor cuts and bruises to stop bleeding, prevent infections and promote natural healing.
This plant contains many vitamins and minerals, therefore, it is very suitable as a herbal food supplement, and that is very popular in stores worldwide. This medicinal supplement aids in digestion and also in blood and lymphatic circulation. It naturally alkalizes digestive juices to bar over-acidity which is a very popular cause for indigestion. It is also effective in improving the kidney, liver as well as the gall bladder functions.
It contains approximately three fatty acids
which possess anti-inflammatory properties. Because of these
anti-inflammatory properties the herbal supplement is a very good remedy to treat the stomach, the small intestine as well as the colon. Aloe Vera is here to stay!!
It may replace certain common drug such as Metamucil. However, do not use if you are taking hypoglycemic drugs and insulin.
Do not take if you are pregnant, since it can bring on abortion. Also, do not take if you are breastfeeding.
Aloe Vera is very powerful and should be used in small regular doses for best result.
Updated March 21, 2015