Herbs and Spices – Aloe Vera

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Herbs and Spices – Aloe Vera

Also called aloe, burn plant, lily of the desert, elephant’s gall. Grown in Arabia, Africa, India and other areas

Common Uses:

Topically to heal wounds and for skin conditions, orally as a laxative, skin products, lotions, sunblock’s, shampoo, yogurt, beverages and desserts
FDA approved aloe Vera as a natural food flavoring

What is Aloe Vera?

Aloe leaf contain a clear gel used to produce a juice or dried substance called latex which contain strong laxative compounds. Effective in dandruff control, and for treating inflammatory bowel diseases, psoriasis, Herpes.

J. Asian Natural Product Research May 2010

What Science Says?

Aloe latex contain strong laxative components (aloin,aloa-emolin, and barbaloin) , was regulated by FDA as OTC laxative. Topical aloe gel may help burns and abrasions

Side Effects and Cautions:

  • No significant side effects with use of topical aloe Vera
  • Some people reported Abdominal cramps and diarrhea with oral use of aloe Vera
  • Preliminary studies suggest aloe may lower blood glucose, caution for diabetics taking glucose-lowering medications.
  • Oral use of Aloe not recommended for breastfeeding mother.


by A.A. Foresythe