Aloe Vera, Aloe barbedensis
Parts used: Fresh or dehydrated juice from the leaves.
Gel - soothing.
Yellow-latex portion - cathartic (purgative laxative like Senna).
Constituents: Gel; Polysaccharides, Phytosterols, Saponins, Antibiotic principle, Tannins.
Actions: Demulcent, Emollient, Astringent, Anti-septic, Immune stimulant, Cathartic, Cholagogue.
Peptic ulcers, IBS, gastric dyspepsia (small doses 1mL or 25 drops).
Externally: burns, cuts, wounds, spots, sunspots, as a sunscreen, skin eruptions, dermatitis, eczema, varicose ulcers, nail fungus, athlete`s foot, dandruff.
Purgative laxative, long standing constipation, in the elderly with poor diet for many years, poor muscle tone, amenorrhoea (1-3mL).
Poor digestion, liver and gall bladder problems.
Energetics: Gel: Cool, moist; Bitter Latex: cooling and drying; Taste: pungent.
Meridians: stomach, lung.
Contraindications: Do not use the latex in pregnancy, IBD or lactation.
Dosage: Gel: externally - apply liberally 2x daily Internally - juice up to 50 mL daily.
Latex: 1:5 tincture 10-40 drops, 1x daily before bed.