Aloe vera herb or (Aloe socotrina) is a succulent plant species with rosettes of thick, fleshy, spiky, gray-green leaves which bears yellow flowers in the summer. Aloe is one of the most healing plants known and one of the best herbs for cleaning out the colon.
The slimy inside of the leaves are used as a gel and the pulpy inside is used to extract a juice. Application of the gel from a broken leaf of the aloe herb will offer instant pain relief from burns.
Medicinal uses include: Cathartic, stomachic, aromatic, emmenagogue, emollient, vulnerary, antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.
The aloe vera herb is used internally to remedy symptoms such as: constipation
poor appetite, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, diabetes, immune system enhancement and peptic ulcers.
It’s most common use externally to treat symptoms such as: skin irritation, burns, scalds, sunburn, wounds, eczema, psoriasis, acne, dermatitis, ulcers and to promote cell growth.
Aloe vera is made available in many forms such as:
Gel – the natural undiluted gel remaining after stripping away the outer layer of the leaf
Extract – the product obtained after removing the water from the gel
Latex or Bitter Principal – a bitter yellow liquid derived from the rind of the aloe. The primary constituent is aloin (purging and laxative action)
Other common names include: Aloe, Bombay aloes, Turkey aloes, mocha aloes, Zanzibar aloes, Barbados aloes and Curacao