Herb of the Month
Aloe vera (Ghritkumari)
Botanical Name : Aloe
Family Name: Aloeceae
Other Name: Barbados, Cape, Curaiao, Socotrine, and Zanzibar aloe
Aloe vera contains all natural.......
The slimy part inside the leaf is used (also referred to as gel)
as well as a juice extracted from the pulp.
- 75 nutrients
- 20 minerals
- 18 amino acids
- 12 vitamins like A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, E etc
- 200 active enzymes
- Limonene & saponins
Origin of Herbs:
It is a species of Aloe that originated in East Africa and in
the Mediterranean region. It also grows in the tropics and in
several continents. The plant has been used for more than 5,000
years, particularly for its cosmetic usage. All traditional
medicines made use of Aloe Vera to treat diverse and varied
problems. Indeed, discoveries have been made of writings and
traces of its use in ancient Egypt, Greece, Africa as well as in
the most ancient medicines in the world traditional Ayurvedic
Research since many years has shown that the plants
gel has the ability to heal wounds, ulcers and burns by adding a
protective coating on the affected areas which speeds up the
healing rate. Aloe Vera is about 95% water. The rest contains
active ingredients including essential oil, amino acids,
minerals, vitamins, enzymes and glycoproteins.
- Internal use
- The herb is used internally to combat most digestive
- poor appetite
- irritable bowel syndrome as well as
- immune system enhancement
- peptic ulcers
- Studies have also shown that when aloe is taken
internally it can stimulate and regulate various
components of the immune system by stopping the
inflammation and blood supply of tumors and also showed
interesting results in preventing carcinogenic compounds
from entering the liver and is combined in some cancer
- The juice of the inner leave can be used for its
- It contains aloemannan which stimulates the growth of
healthy kidney cells and helps to slow the formation of
- The juice can be used very successfully to treat
heartburn as well as ulcers and to soothe the lining of
the digestive tract. It is not only effective to treat
stress induced ulcers, but can be used for peptic ulcers
caused by excess acid, aspirin, non-steroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs as well as alcohol use.
- The oral use of aloe has produced good results in
patients suffering from asthma when the asthma sufferers
were not dependant on corticosteroids for treatment.
- The exude from the leaves are used as a strong
purgative and stimulant laxative but can cause griping
and has an abortifacient effect and should not be used
- The bitter principle in aloe exudate which cause the
laxative effect is preferable to use than that of Senna
leaves, as aloe draws less fluid into the large
intestine and are less likely to cause electrolyte
imbalance than the other two.
- External use
Safety precautions :
- Aloe is used externally for the treatment of
- to stimulate cell regeneration.
- skin irritation
- The gel can be applied directly to the skin as a
- For burns and other wounds aloe is particularly
effective as it activates the macrophages which fights
bacterial infection while at the same time increasing
circulation to the area which results in accelerated
- The enzymes - carboxypeptidase and bradykininase are
both involved to reduce swelling, itching, reducing
inflammation as well as pain.
- Studies confirmed that wounds treated with aloe heal
far faster than other wounds not so treated - both for
traumatic as well as surgical wounds. This may be due to
the fact that it contains not only vitamin E and C as
well as zinc but the polysaccharides also reduce
inflammation and stimulate the fibroblast and epidermal
growth and repair process.
- The juice is also effective for the treatment of minor
wounds and insect bites by forming a "natural
plaster" over the wound.
- It has good astringent qualities and is usually
combined with other ingredients, to make an excellent,
soothing treatments for the skin and can also be used
with great success on hemorrhoids (piles).
- In studies it also showed a marked result in producing
remission in skin cancers and its superb anti-oxidant
effect is effective to help prevent skin damage from
x-rays and other forms of radiation.
- When applied regularly to psoriasis great results are
achieved and also relieve the pain and inflammation of
- When people with frostbite was treated with a cream
containing aloe, the incidence of tissue loss and
amputation was reduced.
- Aloe-emodin which is one of the ingredients not only
has a laxative effect, but is also involved in killing
the herpes virus which causes cold sores and shingles.
Pregnant and breast feeding women should not use aloe latex
(the laxative part) internally, although the topical
application of aloe to the skin has no effect on pregnant or
Ayurvedic Supplements that contains
Aloe Vera :