Aloe is genus containing approximately 400 species of succulent herbs. Aloe is common in tropical and subtropical areas of South Africa, Madagascar and Arabian peninsula. Aloe is often grown as ornamental plant in pot. The herb has been used for medical purposes throughout history and is proven to be of great help when dealing with various health problems.
The plant has a stem that grows to a height of 4 meters. The stem might have either few or no branches. The fleshy and thick leaves are up to 20 centimeters. The cluster of aloe blossoms is at the top of the plant. The simple perianth is usually orange, white or rosy-yellow. However, aloe flowers rarely.
The most common species used for medical purposes are krantz aloe, aloe striatula, aloe vera and aloe ferox. You should collect leaves of the herb and use them within 24 hours after collecting. You can juice the leaves, as well, and use either fresh juice or vaporized juice as a part of compound remedy. Keeping the leaves in a dark and cool (at a temperature between 4 and 8 degrees Celsius) place for 12 days produces various biochemical changes in them. As a result, the leaves obtain biostimulation properties, such as, the ability to regenerate cells and tissue.
- Aloe leaves contain emodin, mucilaginous substances, vitamins, ferments, bitter substances and other biologically active substances.
- Aloe possesses bile-moving and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, the herb is proven to facilitate intestinal peristalsis, cause diarrhea and stimulate the movement of digestive apparatus. Aloe increases the protection ability of the body.
- Aloe juice can be used to stimulate your appetite, improve digestion, get rid of constipation, treat damaged skin and mucous membrane, and strengthen your body after diseases. Simply take a teaspoon of the juice 3 times a day half an hour before meal. Weakened patients and children should make a remedy by mixing 100 grams of aloe juice, 500 grams of granulated walnuts, 300 grams of honey and juice of 3 or 4 lemons. Take a teaspoon of the mixture 3 times a day half an hour before meal.
- Juice aloe leaves and use the juice externally, as well, to treat purulent wound, ulcer, burn, frostbite and trophic ulcer. Diluted juice is a great remedy to deal with oral inflammation, gingivitis and pharyngitis.
- Aloe juice and remedies made of it are not advisable for pregnant women, people suffering from bleeding piles and women during their periods. It is due to the biologically active substances the remedies contain. These substances stimulate the rush of blood to the pelvic area. Before using any aloe remedy, you should talk to your doctor.
Extract, tincture and juice of aloe leaves are used to make various cosmetic products and medicament.