Secrets of Aloe

February 17, 2017

Secrets of Aloe

Aloe

 

Uses: burns, sunburns, wounds, skin irritations, acne, psoriasis, genital herpes

Chemical structure: 75 active constituents including polysaccharides, anthraquinones, vitamins A, C, and E, enzymes aloin and emodin, hormones auxins and gibberellins, minerals, and sterols.

Parts used: aloe gel is made from central part of leaf; contains active compounds such as glycoprotein that reduce pain and inflammation and polysaccharides to stimulate growth and repair of skin. Excellent moisturizer.

Fun facts:

    • most popular plant used for medicinal purposes
    • grown in subtropical and tropical locations
    • may treat diabetes and alcohol-induced liver damage
    • Columbus used it to treat soldier's wounds 

Precautions: do not apply to open or deep wounds. If taken orally for constipation, may cause cramping.



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