The 1001 Virtues of Aloe Vera



Aloe vera was previously classified with the Liliaceae family (the family of lily and leek - Hence the name of "Lily of the Valley). It is now part of the Aloeacea.
It possesses exceptional curative properties. Its fleshy leaves are arranged in rosette and can reach 50 to 70 cm (20' to 30').

The leaves are made of three layers:
- a protective, rough layer,
- then a fibrous layer under the latter, very concentrated in a bitter compound called aloin. Also called aloe latex, it is a substance used in pharmacology as a laxative.
The bitter taste of this latex serves as a repulsive for insects and birds
( except for for the grey mealybug or grey cochineal...(NdT).)
- Finally the gelatineous heart, in which the plant store its water reserve, and which is used in numerous pharmaceutical products.

Aloe Vera is one of the only natural vegetarian sources of vitamin B12, and contains numerous minerals essential to a healthy growth and vital functions. Plenty o studies throughout the world have shown that aloe vera is a wholesome tonic for the immune system, that helps fight a variety of ailments.
Number of researches are ongoing to explore the potential of aloe vera components, with the aim to raise the immune defenses, fight HIV and treat certain types of cancers, particularly leukemia. It could be that it also has a role to play in regulation of diabetes

Aloe vera, has more than 80% of the essential and secondary amino acids,
vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, PP, B6, B9, B12, C, E, etc.
and minerals: Calcium, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, etc.

Over 200 scientific researches throughout the world about the effects of aloe vera have been published. The three main classes of reseauch concern the anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties of aloe vera. The juice is famous for its ability to calm and heal any digestive system disorder/irritation - in case of colitis, uclers, and irritated bowels. The capacity that Aloe vera has to promote pepsin production (an enzime necessary to digestion) when the stomach is full, could explain its ability to heal ulcers (American Osteopathic Society Journal, 1963, vol.62).
For the same reason, it is preferable to drink aloe vera juice over a full stomach, as to facilitate digestion.

In one of the studies, for almost half of the participants, non-dependant on cortic-steroïds, the consumption of aloe vera helped reduice the symptoms of asthma. The scientists think that these results could be due to the stimulation of the defense system and to the anti-inflammatory agents present in aloe vera.
Studies show that a high dosage of aloe vera can stimulate the production of white cells that help fight viruses and tumors.
In 1994, In the USA, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approuved the use of aloe vera in the treatment of traitement du H.I.V (AIDS).


* External Use:

Aloe Vera against all sorts of burns: fire, sun, chemical agents, radiation; for wounds, cuts, instec bites; for skin diseases, such as dermatosis, psoriasis, eczema, acne, herpes. The frequent use of the plant relieves immediately irritations, burning, boosting and accelerating tissue healing, and generating a cooling effect that alleviates pain.

It is known to delay and lessen brown spots on hands and face. Its tensing and rejuvinating effects make aloe vera gel an ideal cosmetic for mature, tired, wrinkled and devitalized skins. It boosts the fiberplasts growth, and the hyaluronic acid and collagen synthesis. It possesses anti-bacterial properties that suppresses Candida Albican and mycosis (athlete foot, for instance).
Applied freely on hair, the gel works as much on the hair than on the scalp (dandruff, psoriasis, itching). It give soft and shiny hair, repains the split hairs, and can be used as a styling gel.

It can be used in the mouth for canker sores, bites, ulcerations of any kind. In the eyes, the juice straight out of the plant is magical in the eyes for styes or conjoncivitis.

And of course, our loving pets can enjoy the same beneficial effects of aloe vera, internally or externally.
Don't forget to use it on wounds, rubbing burns, insects bites, ulcers, digestive problems, etc. Horses, prone to stomach ulcers, especially benefit from drinking the juice.

* Internal Use:

Internally, Aloe Vera is a powerful regenerating agent. It raises the production of digestives enzymes and thus gives balance to the intestinal flora. It cleans the bowels, cleaning out the food that accumulated there, and balancing the intestinal Ph. It fights gastro-enteritis afflictions (stomach flu), helps eliminate toxins and cleans out cluttered organs (kidneys, liver, intestines, etc.)
It eases out stomach aches and heals ulcers.

Aloe Vera helps out the immune system, protects agains chronical diseases in general. (Cardiac diseases). It lowers the blood sugar in people with non-insulo-dependant diabetes.

Aloe vera is antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and and a powerful cicatrizing agent.

Patient claims to find relief in cases of arthosis, urinary infections, constipation, hemorroids, insomnia. It is a superb tonic for energy and well being.

The 10 most common uses for Aloe Vera

  1. Burns
  2. Insect bites
  3. Hair and scalp care
  4. Hemorroïds and variscous veins
  5. Psoriasis, eczema, mycosis, acne, skin rashes, pimples and skin spots
  6. Wounds and blows
  7. Muscle pains
  8. Digestive problems
  9. Arthritis
  10. Asthma and sinusitis


Do not ingest during pregnancy due to the purgative effect of anthraquinone carbohydrates. A high consumption of aloe vera leaves could induce vomiting if swallowed along with the bitter principle, aloïn (the yellow juice).
In any case, we recommend that you consult your doctor, therapist or health professional. The information in the article is purely informative.

In 1997, Dr Jeremiah Herlihy of San Antonio University (Texas) conducted a study to observe the negative effects of aloe vera if taken orally daily. Rther than show negative effects, the animals studied showed a remarkable reduction in leukemias, and heart or kidneys diseases, a mené une étude pour observer les effets négatifs du jus d'aloé vera consommé quotidiennement. Plutôt que de montrer des effets négatifs, les animaux étudiés ont montré une réduction remarquable des leucémies, maladies de coeur ou des reins. Dr Herlihy concludes : "We found no indication of deterioration in rats, even at very high doses. On the contrary, animals who consume ale vera actually live 25% longer than the control group." (IASC Conference, Texas, 1997).

It is not a unique ingredient but over a dozen of composants that interact together that make the aloe vera plant so extraordinary.This explains the difficulty to synthesize it in laboratories. And it also renders the plant effective on a very large number of pathologies.
The fact that the elements that compose aloe vera are nutiments rather than remedies allow to complement any medical treatment.
Indeed, numerous cancer patiens claim that aloe vera helps ease out side effects of chimiotherapies or radiation treatments.

In short, Aloe Vera can help adults, children and even our pets to keep or recover a good health. Aloe vera is very efficient on saddle burns or chaffing on horses, or skin diseases and irritations on our cats and dogs.