"Natural Healing with Herbs for a Healthier You"
ALOE VERA
by Gertrude Baldwin
THE BENEFITS OF THE USE OF ALOE VERA
IN HERBAL PREPARATIONS

KNOWN HERBAL FORMULAS OF ALOE VERA
[History] [Location] [Chemical Constituent] [Medicinal Qualities] [Contra-Indications] [Known Herbal Formulas] [Dosages & Applications] [Personal Experiences] [Endnotes]
The world has been using Aloe vera for skin problems for thousands of years.  Aloe vera has been recommended for wounds, rashes, frostbite, cuts, sunburns, scrapes and burns.  My mother kept an Aloe vera plant potted in the kitchen making it handy when we needed it.  We would snip off a leaf, slit it open, and apply it to the affected area.  The soothing gel creates fast healing.  It helps clean the wound and relieves pain.  The magnesium and salicylic acid in the gel work to bring about analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties resulting in quick healing.  A person can find many first aid creams with Aloe vera in it.  Fresh Aloe vera gel works the best and it doesnít harm the plant. Cleopatra was known to have used it in her bathing rituals.  The polysaccharides and lignins help the gel penetrate and carry nutrients into the dermis layers.  The enzymes of Aloe vera gel will encourage the dead skin cells to peel off, encourages moisturizing, and soften the skin allowing for new skin growth.71

     Many people have used Aloe vera for treating acute or chronic intestinal problems such as ulcers, colitis, Chronís disease, constipation and other colon problems.  It encourages healing and also boosts the immune systems ability to function.  The intestinal tract contains a major component of the immune system, keeping all diseases under control.  The Aloe vera gel can boost the working of the macrophages in the intestines allowing the immune system to penetrate the bad bacteria, viruses and various pathogens.  The Aloe vera juice will work great for the stomach flu but the gel works better for chronic problems of the gastrointestinal tract.72

      Currently many research institutes such as: Oklahoma University, Baylor University, and Loma Linda are studying the use of Aloe vera for cancer and tumor treatments as well as for other disorders.  Many dentist have found Aloe vera to be helpful for combating periodontal disease and other oral conditions.73