Information on Aloe Vera

Latin NameAloe barbadensis
Part UsedLeaf
Herb FormsJuice, gel, ointment, powder.
AffectsIntegumentary system
CautionsPowdered leaf acts as cathartic. Contraindicated during pregnancy and not for long-term use.
Botanical InfoA spiny succulent perennial. The long leaves are thick and full of juice and smooth except for spiny teeth on the margins.
DescriptionThe juice of aloe vera is taken internally for constipation and to soothe ulcers, arthritis, and colitis. A fresh leaf or the juice of aloe vera is applied for burns, sunburn, poison oak (can be safely used around the eyes), and wounds. As a skin emollient, aloe vera is often an ingredient in cosmetics.
Caution: The resinous layer just beneath the skin contains anthraquinones, which have a strong laxative effect on the bowels.

Aloe Vera has a taste of BITTER and a temperature of COOL.


Fresh LeavesExternal use
Fresh JuiceInternal

Ailments Treated by Aloe Vera

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Burns, 2nd degreeanti-inflammatorygel, externally
Sunburncooling emollientfresh leaf, gel


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