Scientific: Aloe spp. [WikiPedia]
Composition: Contains aloins, anthraquinones, and flavonoids
Appearance: Aloes are cactus
like member of the lily family (Liliaceae), having narrow, tapering,
proportionately thick, succulent leaves with spiny margins. There are an
estimated five hundred species of aloe, but the most common aloe of
commerce is Aloe barbadensis, which we commonly known as aloe vera.
Parts Used: Primarily the gel-like juice of the inner leaf or the yellowish latex contained immediately beneath the skin of the leaves.
Common Uses: Aloe became
famous from its use as a topical skin dressing. Internally, a small dose
of aloe may be useful for healing minor injuries and irritations of the
digestive track. Scientists have recently found that acemannan acts as a
strong immunostimulant in animals, particularly in cats. It has been
found to be effective in the treatment of fibrosarcoma and feline
leukemia virus (FeLV). It is theorised that acemannan triggers an
increase in the autoimmune attack upon the viruses believed to cause
these usually fatal diseases.
Aloe assist with many potential issues, such as
soothes and treats skin conditions, wound & insect bite healing,
burn treatment & cooling, treat frostbite, kidney stones,
anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, topical pain relief, repairs cellular
damage and reduces scarring, immunostimulant (Acemannan), digestion
(nutrient absorption) & digestive system injury, heals ulcers,
normalizes blood sugar, protects against radiation exposure, dietary
supplement of antioxidants, polysaccharides, enzymes, protein and
Nutrients: Aloe vera contains protein, calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamins A and E and is naturally rich in:
Aloe has been studied quite extensively, including
animal studies. Its effectiveness on a broad spectrum of maladies is
Alternatives and Adjuncts: Chickweed, plantain and comfrey. Internally, ginger, cayenne, red clover, cleavers, dandelion, yarrow, garlic and burdock.
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PLEASE NOTE that herbal and
other natural products can harm your animals – not all plants are safe
and gentle! Do not attempt using any of the ingredients listed, or any
other plant matter, without the guidance of a qualified herbalist.
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