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Aloe Vera Plant -Benefits, Uses And Side Effects

Scientific name: Aloe vera linn

Actions: Abortifacient (when used in high doses), alterative, anthelmintic, anti­arthritic, antifungal, antibacterial, anti­inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, bitter tonic, bitter, cathartic, cell proliferant, chol­agogue, decoagulant, demulcent, depura­tive, emmenagogue, emollient, insecticide, laxative, nutritive, purgative, resin stimu­lant, stomachic, tonic, vermifuge, vulnerary.


Aloe, a popular houseplant, has a long history as a multipurpose folk remedy. Commonly known as Aloe vera , the plant can be separated into two basic products: gel and latex. Aloe vera gel is the leaf pulp or mucilage, a thin clear jelly-like substance obtained from the parenchymal tissue that makes up the inner portion of the leaves. The gel contains carbohydrate polymers, such as glucomannans or pectic acid, plus various other organic and inorganic compounds. Aloe latex, commonly referred to as "aloe juice," is a bitter yellow exudate from the pericyclic tubules just beneath the outer skin of the leaves. For pharmaceutical use as a laxative, the juice is often dried to produce "aloe" granules that are dark brown from exposure to air. The terms "gel" and "juice" are not clearly defined by manufacturers and often are confused by consumers.

Uses and benefits of Aloe Vera

  • Internally, aloe heals ulcerations and inflammation of the GI tract.
  • Aloe and Burdock are the "burn botanicals." First, second, third and fourth degree burns all respond to aloe's tissue-healing and rebuilding properties.
  • Used as a bowel mover in heavy constipation cases. (Avoid prolonged usage for this.)
  • Aloe Vera is known as the First Aid Plant. It is great for cuts, wounds, and the like.

Possible Side Effects of Aloe Vera

  • As a topical treatment, aloe vera is quite safe. Occasionally, some people develop a mild allergic reaction marked by itching or a rash. If this occurs, discontinue use.
  • Due to improper processing, aloe vera juice sometimes contains small quantities of the laxative compound in aloe latex. Should you begin to have cramps, diarrhea, or loose stools, do not ingest any more of the juice and replace it with a new supply.

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