Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis)

Aloe Vera Benefits

Aloe is also an excellent treatment for skin conditions such as burns and eczema. It is often reported that burns can be healed remarkably quickly and the pain reduced very quickly with topical application of Aloe Vera to the burn area. As well as applying topically, Aloe can also be taken internally so it is just as useful for internal epithelial tissue as it is for the skin. For example, mouth and stomach ulcers, nasal and sinuses, bowels, lungs and genital tracts. Aloe works on membranes and surfaces.

Aloe also seems to be excellent at regulating the immune system (an immunomodulator). This means it can both stimulate the immune response for those with weakened immune systems either from exisiting conditions or post-illness fatigue. It can also calm the immune response, such as for Hayfever where less immune reaction is beneficial.

Although Aloe is about 99% water, the remaining 1% is extremely powerful and it is thought this is because the close to 100 ingredients work extremely well together (synergistically). Aloe vera contains many minerals vital to the growth process and healthy function of all the body's systems. The ingredients in Aloe can be grouped into the following categories: Vitamins, Minerals, Sugars, Enzymes, Lignins, Amino Acids, Anthraquinones, Saponins, Fatty Acids, Salicylic Acid.

Each of these categories could be discussed at length in their own right regarding individual molecules and ongoing studies into their remarkable effects. Combined together it's easy to see why Aloe Vera is such an effective healing plant.

Is there Vitamin B12 in Aloe Vera?

It is often reported Aloe Vera is one of the only known natural vegetarian sources of Vitamin B12, however it appears there are only trace amounts of B12 at best in Aloe Vera. What DOES seem to be the case is that taking Aloe vera at the same time as a Vitamin B12 supplement increases the absorption and bio-availability of the B12 to the body. The B vitamins range, along with Vitamin C, are all water soluble, whereas the rest of the vitamins are fat soluble. Aloe vera seems quite special in that it appears to also enhance the absorption of Vitamin E (fat soluble) as well as Vitamin B12, which suggests it can help absorp the full range of fat and water soluble vitamins. It would therefore be a great addition to your daily regime as it may help adults, children, and even pets receive more value from their foods and supplements.

Aloe Vera Helps Immune System

Numerous studies worldwide indicate that it is a general tonic for the immune system, helping it to fight illness of all kinds. Various research studies are underway to explore the potential of the components to boost immunity and combat the HIV virus, and to treat certain types of cancer (particularly leukemia). It may even have a role to play in managing diabetes.

Over 200 worldwide scientific research papers have been published on the effects. The three main categories of research include anti-inflammatory, anti- bacterial, and anti-viral actions of the plant. The juice is said to soothe digestive tract irritations such as colitis, ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome. It's ability to encourage the release of pepsin (a gastric juice enzyme necessary for digestion) when the stomach is full is a possible reason for its ulcer-healing effects (Journal of the American Osteopathic Society, 1963, vol.62). In one study, oral use for six months helped mitigate asthma symptoms in almost half of the participants. Eleven of twenty-seven patients studied who drank Aloe reported feeling better at the end of the study. Researchers think that results might be due to stimulation of the immune system, as well as naturally occurring anti-inflammatory agents in the plant.

In 1994, the US Food and Drug Administration approved Aloe vera for the treatment of HIV. On-going studies worldwide show that taken in highly concentrated doses can stimulate the production of white blood cells that may help fight viruses and also tumours.

Aloe vera nutrients list

Aloe vera contains protein, calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamins A and E and is naturally rich in:

Vitamin C which helps maintain tone of blood vessels and promotes good circulation and is essential to the health of the adrenal gland which supports our body in times of stress.

Amino acids which are chains of atoms constructing protein in our body.

Enzymes, which are the life-principle in every live, organic atom and molecule of natural raw food, rejuvenate aged tissues and promote healthy skin.

Germanium which is a mineral that some health authorities claim therapeutic benefits for: immunodeficiency, pain, cardiac disorders, circulatory disturbances and eye problems.

Aloe vera body cleansing juice

The juice is said to be one of the finest body cleansers, cleaning morbid matter from the stomach, liver, kidneys, spleen, bladder, and is considered the finest, known colon cleanser. Studies have shown that it is healing and soothing in the relief of indigestion, stomach distress and ulcers. People claim relief from arthritis, bladder and kidney infections; leg cramps, constipation, hemorrhoids, insomnia, and for vaginitis, it is said to be an excellent vaginal douche. An excellent internal tonic for energy and well being Aloe juice may add greatly to the strength of the food fed, digestive tract, skin, and overall good health and happiness.

It is also used to ease heartburn, ulcers, diverticular disorders, and other types of digestive upset. It is used as an anti-inflammatory and may be taken internally as a remedy for certain digestive complaints. European folk medicine calls for using the juice to relieve heartburn and ulcers. Preliminary research has shown promising results. Clinical trials in Japan indicate that certain compounds in the herb reduce the secretion of stomach juices and the formation of lesions.

Animal studies and anecdotal reports claim that drinking the juice or taking it as a tablet or capsule can reduce swelling and inflammation in arthritic joints. Drinking the juice may also help those asthmatic patients who are not dependent on cortico-steroids.

In 1997, University of San Antonio researcher Jeremiah Herlihy, Ph.D., conducted a study to observe any negative effects of drinking it daily. Rather than exhibiting negative effects, however, test animals receiving daily Aloe showed a remarkable reduction in leukemia, heart disease, and kidney disease. Dr. Herlihy concluded, "We found no indication of harm done to the rats even at high levels." In fact, the Aloe-drinking animals actually lived 25 percent longer than those in the control group (IASC Conference, Texas, 1997).

There is no single ingredient that makes it very potent and healthful. Researcher Robert Davis, Ph.D., an endocrinologist-biologist, explains that fifteen different compound groups of nutrients work together to make the plant effective. This means that Aloe vera's effects cannot be synthesized easily in a laboratory. On the upside, this makes the plant useful across a wide spectrum of circumstances. And because the various elements that make it effective are nutrients rather than drugs, the juice may complement medical treatments. In fact some cancer patients state that Aloe vera seems to reduce nausea, increase energy, and may help to minimize low blood counts caused by chemotherapy or radiation.



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Aloe Vera Herb Notes / Side Effects

Latin Name

L. Aloe vera, Aloe barbadensis var miller, Aloe vera var. chinensis, Aloe vulgaris, Aloe vera var. lanzae, Aloe indica, Aloe barbadensis var. chinensis, Aloe vera var. wratislaviensis, Aloe elongata, Aloe vera var. littoralis, Aloe perfoliata var. vera, Aloe perfoliata var. barbadensis, Aloe flava, Aloe chinensis, Aloe barbadensis, Aloe lanzae.

Common Names

Aloe vera, True Aloe

Suggested Properties

Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and energy tonic

Indicated for

Digestive tract irritations such as colitis, ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome, cleansing stomach, liver, kidneys, spleen, bladder and colon, arthritis, asthma, bladder and kidney infections, cancer, constipation, diverticular disorders, haemorrhoids, heartburn, heart disease, HIV, immune stimulation, indigestion, insomnia, kidney disease, leg cramps, leukemia, skin health, stomach distress, tumours, vaginitis, vaginal douche, viruses, white blood cell production and general health tonic.

If you are using oral corticosteroids, such as beclomethasone, methylprednisolone, or prednisone, it is important not to overuse or misuse Aloe vera juice. A potassium deficiency can develop, and you may experience toxic effects from the medication.

Although it is removed, in practice Aloe vera juice may sometimes still contain tiny quantities of the laxative compound found in aloe latex. Should you begin to have cramps or diarrhea do not ingest any more of the juice.

Allergies to aloe vera are very rare. Yet any food can be a potential allergen. Test a small amount on the inner arm to see if any reaction takes place. If no irritation on the skin is observed then it is generally tolerated. If ingestion causes diarrhea, then reduce the amount you ingest, increasing use slowly over several days until the desired amount is tolerated.

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Bsenn 's avatar  Bsenn 14/04/2011 01:40

Is it ok to drink aloe vera if you take plavix?

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Alethea r amabisca 's avatar  Alethea r amabisca 17/04/2011 22:45

does aloe vera work for strech marks ?

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Eve 's avatar  Eve 10/05/2012 14:36

can you drink aloe vera while on plavix

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Retired_happy_mac3353 's avatar  Retired_happy_mac3353 30/04/2011 00:02

From Early 2008 through Jan 2011 the V.A. has attempted to control the 4 different types of Psoriasis that covered 85 percent of my body. I have had bi-weekly injections of Humira and 4 different cortizone cremes since June 2008, to little avail. In February 2011 I started drinking 2 oz of Aloe Vera every morning AND evening. In my travels around the world I have drunk some really nasty stuff, but nothing like ALoe Vera. Having said that...the Psoriasis that was so bad last fall has been reduced to about 10 percent of my body. My type II diabetes readings are now consistently less than 125 down from 200in the mornings and my A1C is now 5.7 . With the great amount of improvement that has taken place in the last 90 days, nasty taste or not, I will continue to drink Aloe Vera

JWMAC April 29, 2011

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Jrda108 's avatar  Jrda108 14/08/2011 13:06

I had nail fungus after manicure, which wouldn't heal for more than 3 months. My cousin recommended fresh aloevera juice to apply, which I did twice a day and it has healed 90 percent. It is an amazing herb, use for any problems and You must also take fresh juice on empty stomach. It is a guaranteed cure. it is also helpful for brown spots or pigmentation on your face, just rub the pulp on affected areas morning n night for 3 minutes and go to sleep with it. You will find improvement in few days. Thanks to my cousin hover

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Julie K 's avatar  Julie K 13/10/2012 11:35

I dropped boiling water on my foot one morning before work. I had socks on and it held the heat a bit. I burned the top of my foot seriously in about a 1 & 3/4 inch irregular diameter. I took the sock off and put my foot under cold water for about 4 minutes. I felt pain. And was frightened by what I saw. I may have had a 3rd degree in the very middle of the burn it looked mushy and pink. I then went on the internet. I read that home treatment for burns was the use of fresh aloe vera. And impressively, I read aloe was used as a treatment for people after being burned in Hiroshima. Those who were treated with fresh aloe had less infection, faster healing and less scarring.
Fortunately I had a large aloe vera plant with big leaves. I cut one off and split it down the middle. I laid the oozing flesh on top of my foot, I then put a sock on and then my leather slip on full-cover Birkenstock shoes. They are a kind of flat slip-on clog style. This acted as a tight bandage and held the aloe onto my foot. The aloe also eased the pain and it became really only a discomfort. I worked 8am-2:30pm that day.
When I came home I replaced the aloe again, placed a clean sock and the shoe. I did this about every 4 hours. When I went to bed I also put on new aloe leaf and a sock, and laid a towel over the sheet as the sock oozed. The aloe caused my socks to get a brown stain, however when I scrubbed them it came out.
I did this treatment faithfully. The second day I brought leaf with me and put a fresh one on during my lunch. I really had little to no pain. One day I took the aloe off and let the air to it for about 10 minutes and it began to hurt. I then put a fresh aloe leaf on again and the pain went away!!! the leaves were - always flesh down - and these were thick, about 3/4 of an inch in thickness and up to 3-4 inches in width. When I would cut them through the thickness they would be about 5-6 inches wide.
I now am utterly convinced that aloe is the best treatment for burns. I never put any kind of salve on my burn. I used this treatment for about 12 days-maybe 14, because it was such a deep burn. In fact, I didn't even want to examine it because it worried me that it may have reached vital foot ligaments or such. It healed to a pink skin and I have a scar that is the same texture as my normal skin, but shows an outline of the burn and it is a little darker than my normal skin. However, it is lightening up with time.

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