Aloe vera is well recognised nowadays
as a common pot plant.
It is also the oldest and medicinally most potent of plants.
If you slice the leaf there is a transparent gel inside.
This gel can be applied directly to the skin.
It is "a most ingenious mixture of antibiotic, astringent,
coagulating agents, while also being a pain and scar inhibitor
and a growth stimulator. It accelerates the healing of injured
Aloe is excellent for first aid treatment for burns and scalds.
It prevents sunburns by "blocking out over 90% of the burning
rays but allows over 75% of the tanning rays to reach the skin."
Internally Aloe helps to reduce rheumatic pain, ulcers in the
alimentary tract and it prevents and cures constipation.
The yellow sap is bitter and acts as laxative. It flows between
the skin of the plant and the gel.
Dosage: For internal use take 0.1 to 0.3 grams of the juice.
For external use apply the gel generously to the skin.
Caution: As Aloe stimulates uterine contractions, it should
be avoided during pregnancy.
As it is excreted in the mother's milk, it should also be avoided
during breast feeding, or it may be laxative to the child.
can I find Aloe Vera?
St John's Wort