Parts used-Rhizomes and roots
Actions and Uses: Acts as an astringent, emollient, antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral. Applied topically, heals burns, wounds and stimulates cell regeneration. Taken internally it helps lower cholesterol, reduces inflammation, increases blood vessels in lower extremities of people with poor circulation, soothes stomach irritation, aids healing and acts as a natural laxative. Good for AIDS and for skin and digestive orders.
Phytochemical and Nutrient Content: Beta-carotene, beta-sitosterol, amino acids, calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C and E.
General Information: Aloe vera is a virtual first-aid kit in a plant. The gel of the plant has a natural pH of around 4.3 making it excellent for skin and hair preparations. The plants gel contains a natural sunscreen and blocks as much as 30% of ultraviolet rays from the sun. Aloe is one of the most cleansing herbs, having been used for centuries as a laxative. For internal use, find fresh preserved aloe juice—available at most health food stores. Follow the recommended manufactures dosage.
Caution: Do not use on staph or other similar infections as the sweet gel is a perfect home for staph bacteria to grow. Pregnant women should not take aloe juice internally.