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Uses of Aloe Vera

Updated on January 31, 2014
Aloe Vera Plant
Aloe Vera Plant

Trace the medicinal uses of the aloe vera plant trough time, and you'll end up zigzagging from tropical Africa, to Egypt, Greece, and Rome. In the south Africa - where aloe comes from - whenever someone got hot with a poison arrow, the thick gel inside the plant's leaves would be employed to heal the wound. Farther north, Egyptians are thought to have used aloe during the embalming process. Perhaps that's what gave their famously vain queen, Cleopatra, the idea to use the gel on her face to preserve her girlish looks and protect her skin from the brutal desert sun. The Romans and Greeks, renowned for their wars, also sought the help of aloe for battle wounds, while the Middle Ages, aloe gel and juice were ingested as purgatives.

Benefits of Aloe Vera:

  • speed aid to cuts, insect bites, and sunburns
  • moisturising dry skin and hair, or softening calluses and corns
  • easing constipation
  • potential boosting the immune system

An Aloe plant cut in half
An Aloe plant cut in half

Having an aloe plant on hand is especially helpful for those everyday burns and irritations. Just cut off a part of the leaf and apply the gel directly to the spot that hurts. If there's a bit of the leaf leftover, don't throw it away. Simply wrap it in foil and put it in the refrigerator. Fresh aloe does best when kept cool and dry - but don't go overboard and freeze it. Once frozen it doesn't revive.

CAUTION!

Aloe Vera is non-toxic and thought to be safe when taken in moderation. because the aloe plant acts as such as strong purgative, however, it's not recommended for pregnant women. If after drinking aloe vera gel or juice you encounter nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, or diarrhoea, discontinue immediately and seek the assistance of a heath care practitioner.

For some people, applying aloe vera gel externally may cause an allergic reaction such as redness, hives, and itching. If this happens to you, it is wise to discontinue using ale products.


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      Kimberly Schimmel 5 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      My son got an aloe vera plant at a science camp and we used it for years. It's a great plant for the kitchen window--handy for burns.

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      Steve RN 5 years ago from New Zealand

      No doubt about it. These days, the uses of aloe vera continue to be pretty impressive.

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      My Nurse Says 5 years ago from Philippines

      We do have one as well, and my Uncle uses it for his Scalp. I have been seeing commercial drinks with Aloe Vera as one of their ingredients, although I do admit that I am a bit wary of giving these products a try. Thanks for the Hub!

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