Aloe is abundant everywhere in the Caribbean, but it can also be grown as a houseplant on the windowsill. Its fame as a treatment for burns and scalds goes back to Alexander the Great, who used an island off Somalia for the sole purpose of obtaining this amazing wound healing plant.
Another part of the aloe -the latex- is a powerful laxative, and is obtained in fresh aloe juice. Parts of the plant that can be used are the leaf, the gel and the juice. Commercially processed aloe products typically don’t have many of the healing properties.
Aloe’s Many Properties
- Blood Cleanser
- Relieves Inflammation
- Soothes Muscle Spasm
- Purifies the Blood
- Cleanses the Liver
- Fresh Gel Heals Burns and Sunburn
- Heals Scalds and Scrapes
- Apply Fresh Gel to Eyelid to Help Conjunctivitis
- Apply Fresh Gel to Skin for a Healthy Glow
Aloe’s Many Uses
- Drink Aloe juice for internal conditions, and apply the gel externally.
- To soothe wounds, clean the wound with soap and water. Cut several inches off an older leaf, slice it lengthwise, and apply the gel to the wound. Allow it to dry and leave the gel on the wound for several hours, or if it is painful, wash it off and reapply later.
- Make your own own aloe vera medicated oil by slicing up the leaves of the aloe plant and placing them in a glass jar. Cover the leaves with a good organic vegetable oil. Allow to sit for about 60 days, then strain. Keep the oil in a dark glass container, preferably in a cool place. The oil will keep for about one year.
- Aloe Vera can cause skin irritation.
- Aloe Vera contains a powerful laxative (anthraquinone).
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