Aloe Vera came to Europe in ancient times and was well known by Greeks and Romans to heal wounds. Its sap is refreshing and healing and has been used for centuries to treat burns, inflammations, and sores, and the whole leaf is purgative. Its use internally is prohibited in some countries.
- Used parts: Leaves and gel
- Main components: Glucosodics of anthraquinones, resins, polysaccharides, sterols, saponins, and chromones.
- Actions: purgative, healing, tonic, demulcent, antibacterial, fungicidal, stíptica, sedative and anthelmintic.
Characteristics of Aloe Vera:
Its leaves are thick, thorny and grayish green. The gel contained in the leaves is antibacterial and acts especially on the golden staphylococcus and on several species of streptococci.
How to use the aloe vera plant
Cool Gel. Open the sheet in half and use the gel directly or scrape it with a blunt-tipped knife. Apply directly to burns (including sunburns), dry skin, wounds, fungal infections, diaper rash, herpes, ringworm, insect bites, allergic rashes, eczema or any skin itching.
Tincture. Use the pulp of the whole leaf. Take 5 ml 3 times a day for constipation or 0.5-3 ml (10-60 drops) 3 times a day to whet your appetite or stimulate the secretion of bile in heavy digestions.
Capsules. Powdered leaf capsules are commercialized. Use a dose of 100 – 500 mg for constipation.
Hair Lotion. Combine 10 ml of gel with 120 ml of standard chamomile infusion and use as a conditioner.
To use it, collect the gel and leaves whenever you need them during any time of the year.
If you want to grow it at home …
Do not miss the care of aloe vera in our gardening section and learn to reproduce it at home.
It prefers sandy soils well drained in full sun. Aloe Vera can be reproduced by means of cuttings of the greater plant and planting them or by means of seeds in spring or summer. And it is very sensitive to frost.
This plant is common to grow wild in tropical areas. It is easy to confuse it with similar species.
Warning: Do not take aloe vera orally during pregnancy.
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