Aloe vera

Aloe vera

Uncover Hidden Herbs meanings

Aloes are a harsh-tasting, moist, and tender herb.

Next time you turn to squeeze out Aloe Vera from a tube for nursing your sunburn consider that you can use it for so many beauty hacks. I have answered your questions that you lovely people have sent me about the uses of Aloe Vera. Aloe vera juice benefits include helping the skin, hair, body and even private parts!  Yes, there are many benefits. Read on so you don’t miss out on using this beautiful gel anymore.

Before you run off to Amazon to buy a tube, I am specifically talking about the 100% gel. You can extract the gel from the raw plant and it is super easy. Due to its flavor, it is more commonly known as bitter Aloes. These herbs originate from the land of Egypt, where some religious groups still consider the gel as a symbolic plant imbued with healing properties. Its formal name is Aloe Perryi or Aloe vera, while its Arabic name is Sabar. 

Many people around the world turn to Aloe Vera in order to apply this gel to burns and cuts and the gel is normally applied to the skin. Aloe Vera gel contains natural ingredients and the gel is consequently quite soothing. There's been much scientific research about Aloe Vera and many different studies into the effects of the gel and also the ingredients. I’m Flo and I have been studying herbal remedies for nearly 20 years. I use Aloe Vera for so many wonderful things here are my hacks below - and the benefits it brings. So enjoy!

What is the aloe plant? 

I will first provide you with what this plant in in case you don't know. The word Aloe is taken from the Arabic term “alloeh” and “halal” which basically translates to a bitter, shiny substance. Beneath the leaves is latex which is known as yellow sap. This helps protect animals from eating the leaves. The thorn-shaped leaves are sometimes grey, olive green to very bright green. The aloe plant is connected to onions, garlic, turnips and is part of the same biological family. In total, there are around 275 different types of aloe vera. The most common species of the plant is known as Aloe Vera Linne, Vulgaris Lamark and barbadensis. The translation in Latin for Aloe Vera is “true aloe” this is probably because in medieval times the yellow Aloe Vera is classified as being rather therapeutic. Often, Aloe Vera is grown in countries such as Central America, the Caribbean, Spain, India, and North America. The first known recording of Aloe Vera was in the 16th century. There are many different types of drawings of Aloe Vera plants, which have been found in Egyptian tombs, coffins walls. Therefore, the plant itself dates back to 4000 BC, which is quite amazing when you think about it! This leads researchers to believe that the plant was used for medication all these years ago.

What is Aloe Vera’s juice benefits specifically?

Specifically, the ingredients known as "acemannan" is a carbohydrate which provides a soothing effect. There have been many different doors of opened in regard to how the plant itself can heal. Such as ulcers, tumors, cancers and also diseases such as HIV. Dentists have also recommended aloe Vera gel in order to treat swelling of the gums which I will discuss a bit later.

Consequently, dermatologists have carried out many different scientific studies which prove that Aloe Vera is great for spots and acne. And, you can use the gel as a base for makeup specifically - foundation to smooth out the skin and give that “glow” effect. In fact, many different sports trainers also use Aloe Vera to help muscle aches and pains. Additionally, it has been proven that Aloe Vera is successful against blisters. Drinking Aloe Vera can also help with health concerns such as diabetes, arthritis, and lubrication for sex, which I will come onto in a moment. 

Can Aloe Vera be used for lube or internal use?

Yes, there are many different types of Aloe Vera lubrication but those that have at least a 90% organic aloe are safe to use for sex. Aloe Vera can help those who need a bit of ummmm….help getting lubricated. You can also use coconut oil (100%) which even though it is hard can become a liquid when warmed up. So, enjoy!

How to use Aloe Vera as a hair cleanser?

It is proved that Vera has great hair growth properties. Many people use Aloe Vera as hair conditioner, this is simply because it helps the different PH levels of the scalp, additionally, it includes properties stimulate hair loss. Most people use a mixture of both Aloe Vera and wheat germ oil with a touch of coconut milk which helps fight dandruff. Aloe Vera helps hair as follows: The treatment of hair loss because it helps with the production of new hair and also used by companies to help with Alopecia, beats that frizzy look and curly hair, applied to the hair you will be left with a shiny mane.

It will make your hair feel completely smooth if you rub a small pea-shaped amount of gel into your hair after a shower. The great thing is that you can leave this to “sit” in your hair which acts as a moisturizer. I generally make my own conditioner through taking a handful of fenugreek seed then soak in water overnight. I then mix this with the 100% Aloe Vera gel and leave on my hair for about an hour or so. Trust me, it makes my frizz ball look like silk.

Can you use Aloe Vera for acne?

Yes, it contains Auzxin and another ingredient known as Gibberellins which can protect, heal and provide an anti-inflammatory effect.
How to use Aloe Vera for skin? Yes, the first thing Aloe Vera plant does to your skin is any inflammations smooth. Scientific studies have found that Aloe Vera reduces what is known as sebum, which prevents acne.

How would you extract Aloe Vera from a plant?

It is quite simple to do. Take a very small leaf from the plant and cut it either vertically or horizontally. This will help release to gel which you could probably squeeze out. 

What is the Aloe Vera meaning in folklore and superstitions? 

In regard to superstitions, Aloe Vera has been connected to removing evil and associated with bringing luck if home near the front door of new homes. If you walk through streets in Mexico you may find Aloe Vera plants are potted by people’s front doorsteps, this indicates that luck should dwell on the house. Interestingly, scientific research carried out in Carrington Laboratories in Texas showed that Aloe Vera survives even without any water. Rather than dying the Aloe Vera leaves still grow - and can last seven years without the need for water. 

Why do you should use Aloe Vera after Laser tattoo removal?

Commonly, the clear gel which is found in the layers of the Aloe Vera leaf can be used to help with burns from tack to removal. This is because the leaf contains a healing agent known as Mucilaginous polysaccharides and additionally there is also a component known as barbaloin.

The great news is that Aloe Vera is high in vitamins C which helps with the healing of skin, including common vitamins such as vitamin a, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, B-2 and phosphorus. In regards to your tattoo removal, applying Aloe Vera gel removes the pain as the gel soaks into three layers of the skin. It helps regenerate cells and has an anti-inflammatory effect. This is why Aloe gel is normally integral ingredient of first-aid creams.

Can Aloe Vera be used for parrots?

Aloe Vera is commonly used to help with improving the health of the parrot if the bird is ill. Aloe Vera products are generally what we consider as non-toxic and often applied to cuts. Aloe Vera is safe to use only if 100% natural, and generally, apply to the feet in order to help keep your little bird's feet in great condition. If the parrot is suffering from any type of abrasion or cut then the thick Aloe Vera gel can be used in order to help to sooth.

A vet known as Dr Greg Harrison also believes Aloe Vera has positive effects as an application for parrot grazes, burns and lesions. He wrote about the benefits in his book called “avian medicine principles and application” for bird management. It is very important that the Aloe Vera is pure because alternatively, it can result in distress or even a sick bird. There are many sprays and products of Aloe Vera spray that are advertised to help prevent the plucking of feathers but these can contain harmful additives. I would create your own 100% spray by cutting open an Aloe Vera plant then adding three times distilled water. The reason being is that additives in these sprays can result in an awful outcome (some parrots have died due to the additives in fake Aloe Vera) so I would stick to the “pure” Aloe Vera by making it yourself. At the end of the day if you stay with natural ingredients then you will not risk the health of your parrot.

Does Aloe Vera improve male libido?

Aloe Vera can be used for male enhancement. I will explain now. I have spoken about quite a lot of benefits of Aloe Vera already. In ancient times, Aloe Vera was used to helping lubricate the vagina before sex. Folklore magic indicates Aloe Vera can strengthen the male libido and help with male enhancement. The extract has been used by native Mexicans for many years to help their sex life. This is in a cream root and applied to the genitals. The Aloe Vera is supposed to help women's libido by lubrication. Although before reaching for Aloe Vera gel it is important if you are male that you get your testosterone levels checked. Then a gel such as Testogel might be given by the doctor. 

Is Aloe Vera juice good for gout?

There are around 6 million people that suffer from grout and it often results in a combination of both diet and genetics. Grout itself affects the joints and results in the body trying to digests what is known purines which is an acid found in liver, Michael, alcohol, peas, and dried beans.

This “acid” Travels through the and body 90% of people with clout have issues with their feet, ankles, heels, and knees. Applying Aloe Vera can help alleviate pain. Generally, this in juice format such as mixing 1oz of juice with 2 ounces of water.

Can Aloe Vera whiten skin?

Aloe Vera has been used as an ingredient in what is known as a “face mask” which can lighten skin. This is generally 1 tablespoon of powdered milk, 1 tablespoon of Vera gel and finally 1 tablespoon honey. Milk is predominantly the main ingredient which has been used since Egyptian times to lighten the skin. Applying pure Aloe Vera can fade any dark spots or sunburns on the skin and consequently even out patches of dark skin. The great thing about Aloe Vera is that it helps elasticity due to the natural ingredients and vitamins.

There are many different ways Aloe Vera can help skin lightening including mixing with honey as I have already pointed out. It is a great skin scrub if added to brown sugar and then leaving on the body for 15 minutes.

Can Aloe Vera help dogs with dermatitis?

Yes, there was a scientific study by Vera, Heggers and Hagstormwhich reviewed the tropical benefits of Aloe Vera pure extract to dogs which resulted in improvements to the skin. This is due to the bacteriostatic and prostaglandin ingredients when the gel is applied to the dogs skin.

Can Aloe Vera juice be used for horses?

Yes, in horses the Aloe Vera juice is supposed to help the immune system. Often, Aloe Vera helps with digestions and specifically bowel movements. there is much evidence that Aloe Vera can help with ulcers, according to many vets.

How can you tighten your vagina with Aloe Vera?

The answer to this question is yes. The Aloe Vera juice is often used in the vagina as it has a powerful antifungal agent. There are many companies selling creams or gels that can be used but in the research and scientific studies this is not necessary and the “natural” extraction of the plant is much safer. As long as Aloe Vera is 100% pure it can be used to help tighten your vagina. I would say that the best possible Aloe Vera to use is extract from an Aloe Vera leaf then applied directly. 

Can Aloe Vera juice IBS and diarrhea?

Yes, there was a study by a scientist known as Jeffery Bland, he reviewed the effects of Aloe Vera yeast infections and bowel movements. Specifically looking at the gastrointestinal PH impact on subjects. This study looked at ten people (five men and five women) the pH was tested inside the body. The subjects drunk Aloe Vera juice (concentrated) for seven days to see if this would improve the bowels. The conclusion of this study was that Aloe Vera helped improve bowel movements and increased stools. concluding that the application of Aloe Vera (pure juice) would improve the friendly bacteria.

Aloe Vera gel for mouth ulcer?

Yes, pure Aloe Vera gel can be applied to the mouth in order to alleviate mouth ulcers. In the winter time we generally suffer from many different problems of the mouth such as cold sores. And, Aloe Vera can be used to help clear up these pains. Many dentists have reducing inflammation after tooth extraction and inflamed skin around sore gums by using 100% pure Aloe Vera. There are many different scientific investigations into the Aloe Vera plant which I would like to discuss. One of these was published in Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology magazine by a dentist called Dr Zimmermann in Texas. Zimmermann was a professor at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas.

This research concluded that pure Aloe Vera can help with mouth ulcers or sores and improve the teeth and gums. Additionally, the Aloe Vera plant can alleviate naturally mouth ulcers and this has been further recommended to be used by the American Dental Association. A Scientist known as Dr Wolfe decided to conduct a number of tests on using Aloe Vera as a toothpaste. This toothpaste is called Aloe-Dent and does not contain the abrasive fluoride. Unlike many commercial toothpastes, this organic toothpaste Aloe-Dent helps the gums and heals them.

Another dentist known as Dr. Chavez Found that a leaf of Aloe Vera can also be successfully applied during dental extractions. If the leaf is put on the gun directly after extraction it actually helps alleviate the pain. So, in conclusion, Aloe Vera is used in dentistry as a homeopathic method.

What is the Aloe Vera meaning in folklore and superstitions terms?

In regard to superstitions, Aloe Vera has been connected to removing evil and associated with bringing luck if home near the front door of new homes. If you walk through streets in Mexico you may find Aloe Vera plants are potted by people’s front doorsteps, this indicates that luck should dwell on the house. Interestingly, scientific research carried out in Carrington Laboratories in Texas showed that Aloe Vera survives even without any water. Rather than dying the Aloe Vera leaves still grow - and can last seven years without the need for water. 

I hope you enjoyed this overview of Aloe Vera and can now understand the benefits of using this plant for all sorts of health reasons. Thank you for reading my article. Flo

By Florance Saul
Aug 29, 2012