HERB INFOSHEET

ALOE

                          Aloe vera                           

 

HEALTH CONDITIONS SUPPORT

ASTRINGENT

EMOLLIENT

ANTI FUNGAL

ANTI BACTERIAL

ANTI VIRAL

ORAL WOUNDS

PERIODONTAL DISEASE

HIGH CHOLESTEROL

ANTI INFLAMMATORY

POOR CIRCULATION

GASTROINTESTINAL

LAXATIVE

 

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

GEL INCREASES THE BLOOD FLOW TO THE AFFECTED AREA.

TWO ENZYMES THAT REDUCE INFLAMMATION: CARBOXYPEPTIDASE AND BRADYKININASE.

ANTI-HISTAMINE MAGNESIUM LACTATE WHICH RELIEVES ITCHING FROM INSECT BITES, POISON IVY, AND OTHER SKIN IRRITATIONS.

ASTRINGENT AND HAS MILD ANTIBACTERIAL ACTION.

THE  ABILITY OF THE HERB TO TREAT BURNS IS VERY WELL-ESTABLISHED IN THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE AND IT IS OFTEN USED IN THE HOSPITAL TO TREAT BURNS FROM RADIATION THERAPY.

THE ANTI-INFLAMMATORY ACTION OF THE GEL MEANS THAT IT CAN ALSO REDUCE SWELLING FROM BRUISES AND SPRAINS. THIS IS A TRADITIONAL USE OF THE PLANT IN THE CARIBBEAN. THE ACTIVE INGREDIENT IS THOUGHT TO BE THE ENZYME BRADYKINASE.

ACEMANNAN

BETA-CAROTENE,

BETA –SISTEROL,

CAMPESTEROL,

CINNAMINIC ACID,

COUMARIN,

LIGNINS,

SAPONINS. A

VITAMINS C,

A (BETA-CAROTENE),

E (ALPHA-TOCOPHEROL),

B1, B2, AND B6 (CHOLINE AND FOLIC ACID)

MINERALS. THE ALOE VERA PLANT IS KNOWN TO ABSORB NUTRIENTS FROM THE SOIL. IT CAN PROVIDE IRON, COPPER, MAGNESIUM, CALCIUM, MANGANESE, SODIUM, AND POTASSIUM

AMINO ACIDS. THERE ARE 20 AMINO ACIDS IN ALOE OIL, AS WELL AS 7 OUT OF 8 ESSENTIAL AMINO ACIDS

ANTHRAQUINONES, SUCH AS ALOE EMODIN, ALOIN, AND CINNAMIC ACID ESTER. THESE HAVE BEEN SHOWN TO HAVE ANTIVIRAL EFFECTS

LIPID COMPOUNDS, SUCH AS ARACHIDONIC ACID, GAMMA-LINOLEIC ACID, AND OTHER PHYTOSTEROLS

POLYSACCHARIDES, WHICH ARE CARBOHYDRATE MOLECULES WITH BENEFICIAL PROPERTIES. THEY HAVE BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH THE POTENTIAL TREATMENT OF TUMORS AND CANCER, DIABETES, AND IMMUNE FUNCTION

RE: AIDS: CARRISYN: INHIBITS GROWTH AND SPREAD OF HIV. 2 CUPS 2X/DAY

 

PARTS OF THE PLANT USED

PULP FROM INSIDES OF SUCCULENT LEAVES.  BOTH THE GEL AND THE LATEX FROM THE LEAVES OF ALOE ARE USED MEDICINALLY BUT FOR QUITE DIFFERENT PURPOSES.

WHETHER USING RAW ALOE OR PURCHASING A PREPARED REMEDY, ONE SHOULD BE CAREFUL IN DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN THE LATEX AND THE GEL.

THE GEL IS THE PULPY, TRANSPARENT CONTENT OF THE SPLIT-OPEN LEAVES AND FAMILIAR TO ANYONE WHO HAS USED ALOE TO TREAT KITCHEN BURNS.

THE LATEX IS A YELLOWISH SAP FOUND CLOSER TO THE INNER SKIN OF THE LEAVES AND WHICH DRAINS WHEN THE LEAVES ARE CUT OPEN. THE LATEX IS ALSO KNOWN AS ‘ALOE BITTERS’ AND IS USED TO MAKE ‘ALOE WATER’ OR DRIED INTO A POWDER. IT IS HIGHLY LAXATIVE!

 

DOSAGE INFORMATION

Use ALOE VERA GEL topically on wounds / burns / rash / insect bites – apply liberally, as often as needed.

Aloe Juice: Read product recommendations

Aloe Vera Latex: The latex is prepared by a herbalist. It is either made into a juice or dried to a powder. Some herbalists also prepare a tincture, and a few drops of this are mixed with water and taken at mealtime.

The Commission E recommendations for use of the aqueous or powdered latex to treat constipation is 20 – 30 mg hydroxy-anthracene derivatives/day, calculated as anhydrous aloin. Note that few commercial preparations have verifiable concentrations of anthracenes or other active compounds. Specific derivatives of the latex are regulated in some countries.

Safety and Side Effects of Aloe Vera

Aloe Gel: Topical applications of the gel is considered safe in treating skin irritations and minor burns and cuts. It should not be applied to a deep wound, serious burn, or very severe rash without the supervision of a medical doctor.

Some herbal medicine sources recommend the ingestion of aloe vera gel; for example, by putting the gel in a blender and making a smoothie. This is not necessarily a safe practice, especially since the dosage is uncontrolled and too much of the latex may be mixed in with the gel. The results could be quite harmful to the digestive tract and cause other problems. Therefore, a gel preparation intended for consumption should be obtained from a reputable herbalist rather than prepared at home.

Aloe Latex: There has been much debate regarding the safety of aloe latex. Experts in botany and herbalism differ in their opinions on consuming the latex. At the very least, one should not attempt to make a home concoction of aloe juice and any commercial aloe juice should be assessed for standardized dosage.

Some resource stress that the latex in any form, even from a reputable source, should never be used by children, pregnant or nursing mothers and by women during their menstrual cycle (as it can increase blood flow). People suffering from intestinal or kidney problems should also avoid using the latex.

The ingredients in the latex can also lower potassium levels, making it dangerous when used with heart medicines. The US Food and Drug Administration banned the sale of the aloe-derived laxative as over-the-counter medicines.

 

FORMS FOR USE

Topical gel

Juice

Powder

Tincture

 

CONTRAINDICATIONS

Do not take internally during preganancy, nursing, or during menstrual cycle.

Be cautious when preparing for ingestion- gel is good- LATEX is not. See above.

 

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