And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.Genesis 1:29
Aloes in the Bible — He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.John 19:39
Studies show that it is successful in treating first and second-degree burns. Aloe is anti-inflammatory, stimulates circulation, and inhibits bacterial growth. Apply a coating of pure gel directly to the infected area from the leaf of the aloe vera plant.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) frequently results in heartburn and digestive complications. A 2010 review indicated that the ingestion at mealtime of 1 to 3 ounces of aloe gel could minimize the severity of GERD. Some digestion-related concerns can also be eased. The low toxicity of the plant makes it a safe and gentle heartburn remedy.
The therapeutic effects of aloe emodin, a compound in the plant’s leaves, were investigated in a new study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The authors suggest that the succulent has the ability to slow breast cancer growth.
YES! Aloe vera is a natural laxative when taken orally. A research study on rats was carried out by a team of Nigerian scientists and found that gel made from typical aloe vera houseplants could relieve constipation. The Mayo Clinic also indicates that aloe vera may be used, however sparingly, to alleviate constipation. They advise that a dried juice dosage of 0.04 to 0.17 grams is appropriate.
Aloe vera should not be taken if you have Crohn’s disease, colitis, or hemorrhoids. Extreme abdominal cramps and diarrhea can be caused.
The aloe vera plant and the various gels and extracts that can be made from it are used in a variety of ways. Researchers are continuing to find new ways of using this succulent. If you are planning to use aloe vera in a medicinal manner, especially if you are taking medication, be sure to consult your doctor.