Aloe vera

The juice and gel of the Aloe plant has excellent healing abilities, especially in the treatment of superficial burns, wounds, bruises, dry, red, and itchy skin plus injuries caused by radiation. The bitter Aloe has laxative effect if taken internally.

Externally used for insect bites, scratches, scaldings, and wounds including burns, but not for incised wounds. Aloe vera has been known to improve the blood flow to the areas of the skin that have been burnt. This means that there are more resources available in the area, and the skin can heal faster. Babies with red bottoms can be smeared with Aloe vera in combination with changing of nappies. Likewise, hurting skin around the nipples on account of breast feeding can be smeared with Aloe vera several times a day.

Aloe vera contains the enzymes carboxypeptidase and bradykinase which works against pain, inflammation and swellings. Moreover, bacterial- and fungal growth is lowered, and therefore inflammation of wounds, formation of scars and a reduced skin healing is avoided. Radiation damages to the skin and wounds will therefore heal much faster with the use of aloe vera.

The plant is also known as a remedy for dry skin and wrinkles.

Aloe vera gel or juice contains anthraquinones that have a powerful laxative effect. In case of chronic constipation, it might be a good idea to use Aloe vera, but begin with a small dose since Aloe vera can have quite a purgative effect. Aloe also has a puryfying and healing effect on the intestinal tract and on ulcers.

There is scientific evidence that Aloe vera might even have an HIV-restraining effect in case of a HIV-infection. This is due to the substance acemannan, which stimulates the immune system. Test tube experiments have shown that acemannan can hinder the formation of HIV-virus.

Pure juice: 30 ml. a day.