Common Names: Aloe Vera, True Aloe

Scientific Name: Aloe Barbadensis

Identification: Easily identified, this plant has hard fibrous leaves that resemble that of a thin cactus. It is stem less, and the leaves are serrated with small white teeth. Flowers bloom during the summer time that are yellow. When cut, they ooze a clear liquid (the juice of the plant). They are often associated with their common use for burns.

Aloe Vera is a leafy plant that has tough fibrous leaves. It is believed to have great anti-inflammatory properties. The juice of the aloe plant can also be ingested for medicinal purposes. And 6,000 years ago the Egyptians referred to it as the “plant of immortality”.

Parts Used: Leaves, juice

Uses: This plant is used for a wide variety of medicinal purposes.

Growing: This plant needs a lot of sunlight, and can survive in rocky and low water areas. It is resistant to most insects. It can be grown indoors or outdoors.

Storage: If you intend on using the leaves or the juice, store in a cool dry place.

Medicinal Uses: This plant is generally used for GI infections and irritations. It cleanses the stomach, soothes burning sensations and pain. It also helps fight against cancer and further stomach issues. It is also used on the skin for certain skin conditions like eczema and burns.

Safety: Be sure before ingesting or using topically, that you do not have an allergy to this herb. Too much ingestion of this herb may cause reverse effects than the desired, causing diarrhea, or kidney dysfunction.

Books on Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera Handbook: the ancient Egyptian Medicine Plant by Max B. Skousen

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult with a licensed healthcare practitioner before use to discuss effects and possible interactions.