Mountain Rose Herbs

Aloe Vera Leaf

Also known as

Aloe barbadensis, Curacao aloe A different species of aloe called Aloe ferox is known as Cape Aloe. Aloe barbadensis is the common species which is predominantly used to produce Aloe gel and juice.

Introduction

Alexander the Great is said to have sent his army from Greece to an island off the coast of Somalia just to obtain its crop of aloe.

Constituents

Aloe-emodin, arginine, magnesium, salicylates, serine, vitamin C, and complex polysaccharides including acemannan.

Parts Used

The whole leaf.

Typical Preparations

“Bitter Aloe” is a dried latex taken from the “peel” of the leaves, more precisely the double wall of the leafs water sacs. When bitter aloe is first extracted from the leaf, it is yellow, but it turns brown as it dries. The type of Aloe Vera sold by Mountain Rose Herbs is made from the entire dehydrated leaf, cut or powdered.

Precautions

Internally Aloe vera and its cousins are not recommended while nursing or pregnant. It is a bulk forming laxative and adequate fluids must be taken. Use of this herb may cause gastrointestinal upset, and watery stools. Not recommended for long term use.

For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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