Name: Aloe Vera
Latin Name: Aloe barbadensis
Common Names: Aloe, moka, cape, turkey, Aloe Zanzibar
Glycoside (anthroquinone, called aloe emodin or aloin), polysaccharides, saponins, essential oil, steroids, enzymes, minerals, cinnamic and salicylic acid, acemannan
Promotes bile, heals wounds, tonic anti-fungal, antibacterial, demulcent, sedative, purgative
Leaf: bitter, hot, moist
Gel: salty, bitter, cool, moist
Aloe is a strong laxative and should not be overused. It should not be used during pregnancy as it can stimulate contractions. It can pass through breast milk and therefore should not be used during lactation. Aloe containing aloin is contraindicated in intestinal obstruction, Crohn’s disease, appendicitis, pregnancy, children under 12, or lactation. The stronger laxative preparations can create dependence with long-term use.
Aloe Vera has been used throughout history by many cultures for wound healing, embalming, perfumes, burns, sunburns, skin care, and parasites.
Most liquid or gel has the aloin removed because it is a strong purgative laxative. The juice or gel is very healing to the digestive tract and is used to heal ulcers and colitis. It can be used to relieve psoriasis, itching, rashes, gum disease, and lower blood sugar. It is also said to be an immune stimulant. While the dark aloin and emodin just under the skin is normally removed because of it’s purgative qualities, it is used medicinally when under the supervision of a qualified professional.
Gertrude Baldwin claims:
“Another medicinal property to consider would be anti-bacterial. Aloe-emodin effects the activity of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori as stated in Chung JG Wang HH’s research. This bacterium acts as a culprit responsible for causing stomach ulcers. The aloe emodin’s antibacterial property also affects four strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus as stated by Hatano’s research. In 1964 the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences wrote of ‘Bacteriostatic Property of Aloe Vera’. They concluded that aloe vera was a bacteria managing substance that was effective against E.coli, Salmonella, and Streptococcus. Aloe vera contains another medicinal property known as antiviral. Aloe emodin in aloe vera makes it so that certain viruses are not able to function. Aloe vera provides a viracidal to herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2, varicella-zoster virus, pseudorabies virus, and influenza virus according to the research of Sydiskis “
Donnie Yance says in his book ‘Herbal Medicine Healing and Cancer’:
“Aloe has anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, and antiangiogenetic activity and inhibits platelet aggregation. Lupeol and salacin account for aloe’s pain-relieving affects. Aloe has also been known to provide a protective effect against injury from radiation treatment.”