Herbal Supplements

The Herb and Supplement Index

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Name aloe vera


Scientific Name A. barbadenis

Description A member of the lily family, rich in anti-inflammatory substances, helps soothe and promote healing of skin problems, acne, minor burns, bug bites, rashes, keeps skin soft and supple, relieves pain and itching. Provides an airtight moisture barrier so that wounds do not dry out. Its anti-viral effects may promote the healing of warts. Helps clean the stomach, and digestive system, helps with intestinal problems, ulcers, gastritis. Promotes general healing . Dilates the tiny blood vessels (capillaries) allowing more blood to get to an injury and speeds up the healing process. It destroys, or inhibits a number of bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Uses Applied topically : Heals minor burns, cuts and abrasions, insect bites, stings, welts, small skin ulcers, and frostbite. Relieves the itch of shingles. May help clear up warts. May help in treating psoriasis. Taken Internally : Soothes ulcers, heartburn, and other digestive complaints.


Possible Side Effects In rare cases, some people get a mild allergic skin reaction with itching or rash. Simply discontinue use. Never take Aloe Vera Juice if you are pregnant, or breast feeding.

REMINDER If you have a medical condition such as a heart condition, high blood pressure, palpatations, high blood sugar or other medical conditions talk to your doctor before taking supplements.