Aloe

Updated on November 15, 2020

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 minerals.

Nutrients: Aloe vera contains protein, calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamins A and E and is naturally rich in:

  • Vitamin C which helps maintain tone of blood vessels and promotes good circulation and is essential to the health of the adrenal gland which supports our body in times of stress.
  • Amino acids which are chains of atoms constructing protein in our body.
  • Enzymes, which are the life-principle in every live, organic atom and molecule of natural raw food, rejuvenate aged tissues and promote healthy skin.
  • Germanium which is a mineral that some health authorities claim therapeutic benefits for: immunodeficiency, pain, cardiac disorders, circulatory disturbances and eye problems.

Aloe has been studied quite extensively, including animal studies. Its effectiveness on a broad spectrum of maladies is well documented.

Alternatives and Adjuncts: Chickweed, plantain and comfrey. Internally, ginger, cayenne, red clover, cleavers, dandelion, yarrow, garlic and burdock.

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Topic Specific References:

  • Aloe for Cats and Dogs [Ref]
  • Therapeutic effects of Aloe spp. in traditional and modern medicine: A review. [PubMED]

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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