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Aloe vera (Aloë vera L.), a miracle herb.

Updated on December 20, 2011

Why I call it Miracle herb when it is a succulent? (It has more common with a cactus than with a herb.)

Because it has so many uses for your health, that even my favourite 3 herbs don't have together (st. John's Wort, Chamomile, Peppermint).

  • Aloe is in all anti burn creams.
  • Dozens of cosmetic products.
  • Boils and abscess medicine.
  • Creams for damaged skin.

It is also in herbal remedies for

  • Diabetes,
  • Liver and gall problems,
  • Cancer,
  • Headache,
  • Cataract (eye pupil damage due to burns or old age)
  • and more.

Aloe vera (Aloë vera L.)
Aloe vera (Aloë vera L.) | Source

What is Aloe vera?

It is a succulent plant (cactus like, with thorny leaves), living in dry arid areas like deserts. Its native land is probably Sudan or other nearby country in Africa, but Aloe is now cultivated all around the world because of its healing properties.

It is a perennial and its leaves can be harvested when needed, without the need to harvest the whole plant. New leaves grow from the stem.

Gathering and drying

from domesticated and yard bred plants is not necessary, because the leaves can be taken on demand and used at home for a remedy without drying or processing.

A leave is detached or cut from the stem, another longer cut is made side-wise from the base to the top of the leave from any of the sides, where the thorns are.

The content is a semi transparent jelly mass of juice and pulp. The green part can be thrown away or used for compost (it makes excellent compost).

Cut Aloe Vera for pulp extraction.
Cut Aloe Vera for pulp extraction. | Source

Aloe processing

at home can be done in different ways.

  1. For an ointment extract, the Aloe jelly must be made with light heating in water bath with butter or olive oil until the original quantity is halved. The resulting semi hard mass must be sifted or otherwise cleaned from the aloe pulp and kept in ointment bottle or box (depending on hardness of the extract). Heating must be slow, not to degree of boiling. At 100 degrees Celsius (121 F or simply boiling water), some of the compounds will evaporate.
  2. Infusion cannot be made, because the heating will be too harsh on Aloe. A cold drink can be made by squeezing the aloe pulp with strainer or other small grid filter. The resulting drink can be sweetened and drank naturally. If you don't like the bitter taste - mix with random fruit juice (also freshly squeezed). Be aware, that Aloe emodin and Aloin (two of the compounds) will have a strong laxative effect on overdosing aloe drinks.
  3. Cataract remedy can be made with a plant that has been kept in dark and cool room for 2 weeks. There is strong build up of enzymes when the plant is left in dark and cool place. The pulp mass is crushed or mashed with a spoon or fork and is placed over the closed eye lids for 10 minutes. Every day must be applied new, freshly squeezed pulp. After 2 weeks of application, there is improvement of the vision of elderly people (and dogs), that suffer from a cataract. Same is seen in people with their eyes injured by burns or strong light.

Aloe remedies SHOULD NOT be taken by pregnant women without prescription.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      Aloe vera is WONDERFUL. I have quite a bit in my South Texas garden. We usually use it for burns and skin problems. It is perfect for treating sunburns. Thank you for sharing your hub knowledge with us.

      Voted up!

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      tarajeyaram 5 years ago from Wonderland

      Thank you for sharing the hub. Aloe vera is found in may items. Voted up and useful!

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      In Jamaica Aloe is called single bible and is used to cure everything.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      I have it in my garden in Florida...year round. We use it for the florida sunburn.

      Voted up and useful

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      Expert Gardener 5 years ago

      anndavis25,

      In tropical countries, it is used for sun burn like you said and for skin disease treatment.

      My Asian friend told me his grandma taught him that aloe is good for hair care and for baldness.

      EG

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      April Reynolds 5 years ago from Arizona

      Growing up we would break off a piece of aloe and put the goo inside directly on our poison ivy to stop the itch. It also helped with mosquito bites.

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      Expert Gardener 5 years ago

      Hahaha right April! and it's good that batman should bring that aloe to the rescue.

      Thanks mordor for this ideas.

      EG~

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks for mentioning the aloe juice! I thought I had heard about that recently but I couldn't remember the details.

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      Thanks for providing such real and informative information about benefits and uses of this wonder drug. In Sanskrit Aloe is called 'Kumari' which means young girl. rated up and useful.

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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Thanks to everyone who came to visit and comment on this hub. You are most welcome.

      @rasta1 I am amazed, can you send me a link to examine a bit further?

      @April - Yes, It is better and more potent raw. Your parents were wise people to teach you about Aloe. Sorry, I did not seen the joke before you deleted it ;) ... laughter is even more potent "herb".

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Which link do you need? so much stuff about aloe. I could do a hub about its uses in the island, if you want. (also about how it cures cancer)

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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Anything will be useful. I can grow only a small plant in a pot and can't afford to consume much of it, but am quite interested in other possible uses of the plant.

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      I did this particular article with you in mind. It just shows how Jamaicans utilize Aloe Vera. Here it is https://hubpages.com/health/The-Uses-of-Aloe-Vera-...

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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Thank you Rasta1. I've read it and copied few things in my archive for personal use.

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      wwolfs 5 years ago

      Aloe vera is a great plant and has many uses. I always buy products that are 100 percent pure and find that it is good for any skin problem. Also, works really well for anyone with a sunburn. Very interesting information.

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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Aloe is used in many commercial products today, but it was known at least 2000 years ago.

      Bulgarian women in the past were using it to remove wood splinters from the hands of their man and sons.

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      Sue Pratt 5 years ago from New Orleans

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge about aloe. My father-in-law had his hand cut open by a small wild hog years ago and used aloe straight from the plant to cure the wound. It worked!

      marsei

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