Aloe Vera, Aloe, Aloe Barbadensis

Parts Used:
The pulp from the inside of the leaves.

Function:
When used externally, aloe vera stimulates the renewal of cells, it has an astringent and emollient effect on the skin as well as antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Uses:
* Traditionally used in India for treatment of colic (the root), burns, and intestinal infections. Chinese herbalists used aloe vera for stomach, spleen and liver disorders as well as a laxative and for burns. The Egyptians used aloe as part of the embalming process. * Currently used to relieve the symptoms of minor burns, radiation burns, poison ivy, insect stings and stomach irritation. Aloe improves wound healing, ulcers (both gastric and skin), diabetes, diarrhea and constipation. Aloe vera is also used in the treatment of AIDS and is widely used in cosmetics for the skin and hair.

Guidelines:
* For constipation, 50 – 200 mg capsules may be of assistance otherwise use according to label instructions. For the relief of minor burns, apply aloe gel liberally as required.

Interactions:
* Do not use if you are allergic to aloe vera – a skin test is recommended if you are not sure. * Do not use for constipation on a prolonged basis as dependency may occur. * Do not use on severe burns. * Do not use internally if you are pregnant, elderly or in small children.

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