Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera*

Botanical Information

Aloe Vera is a species of succulent plant that is common to parts of Africa and other arid climates. Has been used for centuries for wound healing and digestive distress. Clear gel found in leaves is used as a topical ointment. Whole leaf can also be used internally.

Features & Benefits

  • Speeds healing of first-degree burns, including sunburns
  • Soothes and speeds healing of cuts, scrapes and minor wounds/irritations
  • Lessen painful effects of shingles
  • Reduce symptoms of psoriasis
  • Can be used internally as a laxative

Suggestions & Cautions

  • Use of topical aloe is not associated with significant side effects
  • Abdominal cramps and diarrhea have been reported with oral use
  • Diarrhea, caused by laxative effect of oral use, can decrease absorption of many drugs
  • People using glucose-lowering medication should use caution when using aloe vera orally as preliminary studies suggest aloe may lower blood glucose levels
  • Should not be used internally if the customer is pregnant or nursing

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