Aloe indica/vera/barbadensis-Herba/Succinum (Lilliaceae)
Common name: Aloe vera
Aloe Vera is soothing, cooling, moistening and healing. It has a high polysaccharide content heals mucous membranes and calms inflammation and irritation. It enters all body channels and is a perfect carrier for all herbs.
Aloe vera plants grow wild throughout the dry areas of India but its native country is not clear. It naturally grows in areas of North Africa, Arabia and Egypt but is now cultivated across the globe for both medicinal and ornamental purposes. The plant is part of the succulent family and can grow up to a metre in height and width with no distinct stem. The leaves are characteristically fleshy and hard with serrated edges appearing as ‘white teeth’ at intervals along its length. Its flowers grow on a spike from the centre of the plant, reaching up to a metre in height, and the flowers are small, yellow and tubular.
How it Works
Aloe Vera gel contains Aloe Vera Polysaccharides, otherwise known as acemannan or aloeverose, which regenerate tissues throughout the body including epidermal, muscular and osteo. The polysaccharides have an affinity for the epidermis and will therefore enhance the quality of the skin.
It is cooling and demulcent, healing mucous membranes in the digestive tract and is helpful in hyperacidity, ulcers, ulcerative colitis and intestinal bleeding, clearing accumulated heat.
Aloe Vera juice is a mild laxative with a bitter principle that stimulates bile in the liver and helps to regulate blood sugar and lipid levels. Aloe Vera’s stimulating and clearing effect upon the liver directly reduces heat in the blood and is helpful where there may be excessive bleeding or clots.
This unctuous juice actually regulates the menstrual channel by regulating the menstrual blood flow and acting as a tonic to the female reproductive system.
Into the Heart of Aloe Vera
- The Aloe Vera plant is juicy, cool and moist reflecting how it works inside the body. It is the perfect solution for hot and irritating inflammation both externally and internally, ridding the body of excess heat. It targets the mucosal membranes of the digestive system, the skin and also the reproductive system with a regenerative effect. Aloe Vera detoxifies and stimulates the liver which impacts upon blood quality making it ideal for treating disorders of the menstrual cycle and internal bleeding.
- Aloe Vera is filled to the brim with regenerative polysaccharides which will heal and rejuvenate damaged mucosal linings throughout the body with a particular affinity for the digestion, skin and reproductive tissues. Aloe Vera is cooling and moist providing well-needed relief from irritating inflammation both internally and externally ridding heat from the liver and blood.
Gynaecology: The gel and juice are salutary when there is excess bleeding or clots. As aloe vera directly affects the flow of blood and clears the liver is regulates menstruation and the uterus. It is a wonderful tonic for the female reproductive system. Its cooling and unctuous properties make it very effective for treating the hot and dry symptoms of the menopause.
Skin: The gel contains polysaccharides that are specifically healing for the skin and mucous membranes. It enhances the quality of the skin and is specifically indicated in hot, dry and irritates skin conditions such as psoriasis, skin ulcers, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, mouth ulcers and is one of the best herbs for healing burns, scars, wounds from urticarial and acne and stretch marks. It is also specific for use in jaundice and viral hepatitis.
Digestion: The gel of the inner portion of the leaf is a mild laxative as its bitter principle works via the liver to encourage the release of bile. This effect can help to regulate blood sugar in diabetics and lipid levels in hypertriglyceridaemia. As it is a cooling and demulcent herb that directly clears heat and heals mucous membranes it is a specific for hyperacidity, peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis and bleeding from the intestines. It has an ability to regulate bacteria levels in the intestines which indicates it in Candida and as a remedy for improving gastric and intestinal function. Dry and powdered extract of the leaf is strongly purgative.
Eyes: When applied externally, aloe vera is very soothing for eye inflammation and eyelid swelling.