Aloe Vera is also known by the names Indian Alces, Kumari, Ghirita, Gawarpaltra, and Cape Aloes. Aloe is a perennial succulent native to East and South Africa. It is cultivated in the West Indies and other tropical countries. The tissue in the center of the aloe leaf contains a gel which yields aloe gel (or aloe vera gel). The word Aloe is derived from the Arabic word "alloeh," which means shiny and bitter. Aloe is believed to have been used to preserve the body of Jesus Christ. References to its use as a rejuvenating agent can be found in early Egyptian, Chinese, Greek, Indian and Christian literature. Legend says that it was the desire for Aloe plants that caused Alexander the Great to conquer the island of Socotra, where Aloe was cultivated in the fourth century B.C. Aloe is also thought to have been one of Cleopatra's beauty secrets. The Greeks and Romans used the gel for wounds. In Africa, hunters sometimes would rub Aloe juice on their bodies to help support sweating and to help mask human scent. In India, it has been used by herbalists to help support intestinal infections, suppressed menstruation, and colic.
Aloe has been historically used to help support many of the same complaints for which it is still used today - particularly constipation and minor cuts and burns. And Aloe is one of the easiest house plants to grow. Aloe Vera is also taken internally for stomach disorders. Dried Aloe latex, a substance derived from the leaf, is a strong laxative. When applied externally, Aloe Vera restores skin tissues and may aid the rejuvenating of burns and sores. It can also be used on blemishes and dandruff. Used cosmetically, Aloe Vera softens the skin. Modern doctors have also used Aloe for x-ray burns, sunburn, chemical burns, first degree burns, traumatized tissue, decibitus ulcers or bedsores, skin inflammation, stomach ulcers, viral infections, periodontal surgery, insect bites amd stings, irritating plant stings, and other minor skin manifestations. Topical applications have included this herbs inclusion in many lotions, poultices, salves, shampoos, and sprays. Aloe had shown outstanding results in supporting facial edema (swelling). When used as a mouth rinse, it was effective for cold spores and lockjaw. Two small controlled human trials have found that Aloe, either alone or in combination with the oral hypoglycemic drug, glibenclamide, effectively lowers blood sugar in people with blood sugar level concerns.
Primary chemical characteristics of this herb include aloins, anthraquinones, barbaloin, polysaccharides, and salicylic acids. Aloin, obtained from the gel in the leaf, are largely responsible for the plant's rejuvenating properties. The plant also contains vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C, niacinamide, choline, calcium, iron, lecithin, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc. The common name Aloe Vera includes the species Aloe ferex and Aloe ferox, which are used interchangeably with Aloe Vera. Aloe barbadensis is the same species as Aloe Vera.
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Aloe should not be taken internally by pregnant women or anyone with gastrointestinal problems, such as colitis, Crohn's disease or inflammatory bowel syndrome.
Do not use for more than 10 days consecutively without professional medical attention.
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