Cape aloe/Aloe ferox
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A houseplant and home remedy for burns, scrapes, cuts, and scratches, being used for millennia to treat skin problems. Produced by drying the latex of the plant and milling it into a powder(which is green-brown in color).
Constitutes: Aloe-emodin, arginine, magnesium, salicylates, serine, vitamin C, and complex polysaccharides including acemannan.
Parts Used :The entire leaf, dehydrated and powdered.
ALOE GEL: The clear, slightly slimy gel collected from the fleshy part of the leaf is taken internally for its:
Also can be applied directly to the skin to soothe inflammation and accelerate healing. Aloe gel is used fresh or stabilized. Aloe gel releases natural salicylates, compounds related to aspirin, and relieves pain as it encourages healing. Aloe gel is also useful for treating genital herpes. One study found that using an aloe cream reduced the average time for healing from 12 days to 5, and that herpes lesions were 10 times more likely to be completely healed within 10 days with aloe treatment, compared to a placebo.
The Aloe powder or "Bitter Aloe" is a dried latex taken from the "peel" of the leaves, more precisely the double wall of the leafs water sacs. When bitter aloe is first extracted from the leaf, it is yellow, but it turns brown as it dries. Acemannan is a complex carbohydrate chemically extracted from the gel. It is used in experimental pharmaceutical preparations as a treatment for viral infections and cancer. Acemannan is not a whole herb product.
Aloe is used to treat
Generally, best results are obtained when the wound only involves the upper layers of the skin. Aloe is not recommended for deeper wounds because it causes the skin to tighten too soon, hindering the recovery of the deeper layers.
The herb contains at least seven antioxidant compounds that prevent the production of leukotrienes, chemical agents of inflammation released by mast (white blood) cells.
Aloe is also useful for treating seborrhea, a condition of red, scaly, oil eruptions on the eyelids, eyebrows, nose, ear, upper lip, chin, chest, and groin. Aloe creams usually relieve symptoms of seborrhea in 4 to 8 weeks.
Aloe "juice" lowers blood sugars of diabetics and helps relieve ulcerative colitis.
Internally Cape aloe and its cousins are not recommended while nursing or pregnant. It is a bulk forming laxative and adequate fluids must be taken. Use of this herb may cause gastrointestinal upset, and watery stools. Not recommended for long term use.
*** ONLY FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOUSES,PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR FOR MEDICINAL USE. ***