Overview: The Aloe vera plant has been used for thousands of years to heal a variety of conditions, most notably burns, wounds, skin irritations, and constipation. Medicinal aloe is pictured in an ancient cave painting in South Africa, and Alexander the Great is said to have captured an island off Somalia for the sole purpose of possessing the luxurious crop of aloe found there. Many people attempt to use a psyllium product alone for “dietary fiber.” Some add a senna tea as a laxative. There is, however, little scientific evidence of the effectiveness or safety of Aloe vera extracts for either cosmetic or medicinal purposes, and what positive evidence is available is frequently contradicted by other studies. This combination is believed to work better than aloe gel or a placebo. Aloe Vera gel can be found in hundreds of skin products, including lotions and sunblocks. For those women, it is in the virginal vault.
The study included three months of placebo followed by three months of Aloe vera or vice versa, depending on randomization. A pot with good drainage works best. I naively approached this research with the idea of gathering basic facts and saving them for easy reference. Aloe vera is used in a variety of commercial products because of these therapeutic properties. Robert Picker from California mentions that Aloe Vera is very successful in preventing and treating all kinds of genital herpes, which is widespread in this continent. The medical experts claim that this is probably due to its two powerful immune-boosting compounds: lycoproteins and polysaccharides. This juice is a potent laxative that may cause digestive distress in some people.
Further study is needed in this area before a strong recommendation can be made. The traditional use of aloe vera has been as a laxative because it limits water absorption in the bowel, thereby speeding movement through the digestive tract. Try not to lose too much gel in this process. Shake to coat evenly. Its gel, pale green slime, is taken from the center of the leaves, while the latex is extracted from the small channels present in its stem.This plant grows on limestone and sandy soil, in a warm atmosphere and rather dry. For the treatment of larger areas, several leaves may be cut and pounded to extract its juice, which may then be applied directly or through the medium of soaking linen strips in the expected juice. Some of the benefits include: as a pain and allergy inhibitor, for inflammation, fluid retention, perspiration odours, itching, hemorrhaging and to close cuts for cell regeneration and healing, to destroy parasites, harmful bacteria and fungi in the intestinal tract, to relieve bowel tension and help produce bowel movements, moisturise skin, increase blood flow, remove toxins and dead tissue, penetrate skin to reach tendons, muscles, joints and the lymph system, and promote the growth of new tissue.
It can also trigger miscarriages in pregnant women. Research has shown that aloe vera can increase the proliferation of lymphocytes and stimulate natural immunity through killer cell activity. Aloe has a strong effect on the immune system, by activating and stimulating macrophages, monocytes, antibodies and T-cells, as well as increasing the number of anti-body forming Bcells in the spleen. aloe vera is a good treatment for first and second degree burns only. Our food comprises proteins, carbohydrates and fats that must undergo a process of digestion, which consists of breaking down complex substances into simpler ones so they can be absorbed and used by the body. The active ingredients of aloe vera are cinnamic acid, phenol, sulphur, lupeol, salicylic acid and urea nitrogen, which preclude the growth of microorganisms in the body. Considerable in-vitro and in-vivo research has been done with the concentration of mucopolysaccharides (MSPs) found in aloe vera.
Unfortunately about 75% of all women will get a yeast infection as least once in their life. Aloe vera is an alkaline forming food. Prolonged use has been reported to increase the risk of colorectal cancer. The aloe gel or juice may be applied on the face and then washed off with plain water after 20 min. These nutrients include electrolytes and water, so the MSPs are able to facilitate absorbtion in the gastro-intestinal tract. The overall effect on the body is a rise in energy and cell metabolism activity which leads to a feeling of wellbeing. MSPs also act to protect cells from invasion by microbes such as viruses by setting up a protective barrier, which forms a lining on the colon and keeps toxic wastes from entering the body.
The base oils are sold in health food stores, in drugstores and supermarkets, as through providers online. Aloe vera’s properties are extraordinary and have been used to treat man’s many ailments from A to Z. Its uses and the conditions it may relieve include: abscesses, abrasions, acne, allergies, AIDS, anemia, arterial insufficiency, arthritis, athlete’s foot, asthma, bad breath, baldness, blisters, bed sores, bladder infections, blood pressure, bruises, bronchitis, burns, bursitis, bunions, bed wetting, boils, bone fractures, candida, canker sores, cancer, carbuncles, cataracts, cramps, chilblains, chemotherapy side effects, chapped skin and lips, coughs, colds and cold sores, colic, constipation, cystitis, conjunctivitis, colon cleanser, complexion enhancer, chicken pox sores, lowers serum cholesterol, convulsions, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, dandruff, dysentery, depression, dry skin, dermatitis, denture sores, detoxifier, duodenal ulcers, oedema, Epstein Barr virus, earache, fevers, fungus, frost bite, fluid retention, gastrointestinal problems, genital herpes, gangrene, gingivitis, glaucoma, gynaecological diseases, gall ailments, heat rash, headaches, hemorrhoids, heart burn, high blood pressure, hang-overs, hives, heat exhaustion, insomnia, ingrown toenails, indigestion, insect bites, inflamed joints, jaundice, kidney infections, leprosy, laryngitis, lupus, liver ailments, leukaemia, lacerations, multiple sclerosis, mouth ulcers, moles, migraines, menstrual pain, nausea, nervous stress, nappy rash, obesity, psoriasis, prostatitis, pancreas problems, pimples, problems caused by protozoa (ringworm, fungi, virus), prickly heat, periodontal disease, radiation burns, rashes, scar tissue, skin lesions, stings, styes, sprains, sores, scalds, stretch marks, shingles, staph infections, sunburn, sore throat, stomach ulcers, sports injuries, sinus, sun spots, spurs, tonsillitis, tendonitis, trachoma, tuberculosis, tiredness, tropical ear, ulcers, vaginitis, venereal sores, varicose veins, worms, worts, wounds, X-ray burns, yeast infection and zoster (shingles). Aloe vera has six antiseptic agents (sulphur, lupeol, salicylic acid, cinnamic acid, urea nitrogen and phenol) which act as a team to provide antimicrobial activity thus eliminating many internal and external infections. The pain relieving action is due to the effective analgesics in salicylic acid, magnesium and lupeol. But when powerful laxatives are taken , they can force the digested food out of the colon before all the calories from these foods are absorbed by the body . The references at the end of this article highlight just some of the international scientific research studies on Aloe vera over the years and the studies are accelerating in 1992.
Research at the University of Texas showed that aloe penetrates human skin almost four times faster than water. Like other Aloe species, Aloe vera forms arbuscular mycorrhiza, a symbiosis that allows the plant better access to mineral nutrients in soil. Apply the gel from the leaf immediately for burns and scalds, insect bites, nettle stings, chilli burns, pain in general and for quick healing. For external use, a fresh leaf can be cut open with a knife and the gel applied to the skin. When wiping the aloe leaf directly on the skin, all the sap can appear to have been used up, but if you take a knife and score the inside surface of the leaf with a few cuts, more juice will be released. Notes that the sap, not the gel is the healing agent. Cut one or two large leaves from the base of a plant, and allow to stand half an hour for the yellow sap just under the skin to drain.
Take care not to get this sap on clothes, as it can stain. While the popularity of aloe vera seems positive, it has also led to many substandard products, which contain little or no therapeutic value. Top up the containers with cold water and put them in the refrigerator. Leave to steep eight hours or overnight. Consider adding an aloe plant to your plant allies this spring. After draining the infusion from a jar, refill the jar with water. This is where it is beneficial to have several jars prepared, so that the jar just refilled goes to the back of the shelf in the refrigerator, and the jars are continually rotated.
This allows enough time for each jar to steep before being used. The infusion can be drunk whenever you feel thirsty. After 10-12 days, the used aloe can be emptied into the compost, and a new batch started with fresh leaves. If the jars are not used for a number of days the liquid may ferment. Discard and start a fresh batch. 1996;1:505-509. The flavour is mildly bitter during the first days, but then the infusion will taste like crystal clear spring water.
The extracts and quantities typically used for such purposes appear to be dose-dependent for toxic effects. Some people use this procedure to remove the chlorine taste from treated water by placing a peeled chunk of aloe (with the yellow sap washed off) into a large jug of water in the refrigerator. As liquid is taken out to drink, the jug is topped up again. Two tubes are recommended by Nature’s Gift. Follow the UWC IC diet for the duration of the study, starting one month prior to beginning the study. Pick large leaves, cut the skin off, rinse the yellow sap off with water and place the clear gel in a blender. For 3 cups of gel, add 1 teasp.
And how can I produce my own aloe vera juice at home? Place in a covered container in the refrigerator. Take 2-5 tablesp. daily, mixed with water or added to fruit juice, which helps to disguise the gooey texture and makes it easier to swallow. You should always read product labels. I remember a lady who joined a herb course and heard of aloe’s benefits for ulcer sufferers. She decided to start her family on aloe and each morning prepared fresh orange juice, adding the stabilised aloe juice she had made up.
She did not tell her family about the aloe, as they tended to be rather finicky when it came to new things. After several months, her husband remarked that his stomach ulcers had not been bothering him for a while. Margaret kept her secret to herself and enjoyed having a happier husband without ulcers always niggling, but she told her story to me with delight and we had a good laugh together! For anyone not in a position to grow aloe vera, numerous bottled brands of aloe juice or drink are available. However, even though the label may say 100% aloe juice, the bottle may not contain only aloe! Large doses of aloe at one time are unwise. Overdose can cause irritation to the stomach with diarrhea and vomiting.
As taking aloe may stimulate uterine contractions, it should be avoided during pregnancy. And taken by breastfeeding mothers, aloe can have a laxative effect on the baby. If taking aloe vera causes cramping of the bowels, use a little ginger with it. The ginger can be in the form of dried powder, fresh or an infusion made with fresh root. For a laxative effect, in some people, just drinking the aloe infusion or the stabilised juice may be sufficient. For severe constipation, the yellow sap may be left on when blending the gel, as it is this yellow sap that has a strong cathartic action and tastes very bitter. If a person finds the bitterness too unpleasant, the yellow sap can be added to fruit juice.
Over the last 20 years, I have had numerous people share with me an aloe recipe for cancer treatment. Most of these recipes refer to using the candelabra aloe (A. arborescens) and have come from various South American or European cultures, where it has been a tradition to use the recipe regularly as a general tonic for good health. Candelabra aloe has a rather special substance called Aloctin A, found in quantities that can stimulate biological activities, such as mitogenic activity of T lymphocytes, with scientific research showing its strong performance in boosting the immune system. Aloe vera gel has many potential benefits for the skin, including the treatment of the effects of aging on the skin, according to the medical center of the University of Pittsburgh. Another aloe derivative, Alexin B, possesses powerful anti-cancer activity against lymphocytic leukemia. We may hear more about candelabra aloe in the future, as the herb farm was recently able to assist a research group by air-freighting 2000 plants to Sardinia to be grown for research.
To prepare the Tonic Recipe, blend in a mixer or mincer whole leaves to make 300g, add 500g of natural honey and 750ml of red wine. Put the mixture in a dark bottle and keep in refrigerator. The daily dose is 50ml of the mixture half an hour before breakfast, lunch and the evening meal. Gel from the candelabra leaf has been found to give relief when applied topically for shingles, arthritis and inflammation.