ALOE : “Soothe those Wounds”
Burns, Hair Loss, Hemorrhoids, Scalds, Scrapes, Skin Infections, Sunburn, Ulcers and Wounds
Also Known As: Barbados, Cape, Curaiao, Socotrine and Zanzibar aloe
Every kitchen should have a potted aloe plant on the windowsill. When minor cuts or burn occur, cut a piece off and squeeze the clear gel right on the injury. Aloe has been used for healing since the dawn of history.
Egyptian medical writings dating back to 1500 B.C. recommend aloe as a laxative, skin problems and for infections. Arab traders carried it from Spain to Asia around the 6th century and introduced it to India’s Ayurveda physicians who used aloe to treat menstrual discomforts, skin disorders and more. Today, aloe continues to be used for the treatment of wounds.
To treat burns and wounds, first clean the wound. Next, begin by selecting a lower part of the leaf. Cut several inches off slicing lengthwise. Apply gel directly into the wound or on the burn and let it dry. After you slice the leaf, it will quickly repair itself and close on it’s own.
USE: (Grow Your Own)
Aloe is a great house plant. It requires sun but tolerates shade. Little water is needed but a drainage pot should be used. The plant cannot tolerate temperatures lower than 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The off-shoots from the plant can be replanted. Uproot the original plant and lightly separate the off-shoots. Put the mother plant back together and return it to its pot or bed.
Pregnant women should not ingest aloe. It may stimulate uterine contractions. Nursing mothers should also avoid aloe. The latex can enter into the mother’s milk and cause abdominal cramps and infants can become cathartic.