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Aloe Vera is probably one of the best known herbal remedies for soothing skin irritations such as sunburn, rashes, frostbite and wounds. Aloe contains chrysophanic acid, which is highly effective in healing abrasions. It works by inhibiting formation of tissue-injuring compounds that gather at the site of skin injuries. It is very effective in soothing sunburns that some of us are likely to get with the warm weather we are having. Other skin uses include treatment of eczema, dandruff, acne, ringworm, gum disease and poison oak and poison ivy. It also is used to treat eczema, dandruff, acne, ringworm, gum disease, and poison oak and ivy.
To treat a burn, slice a plump aloe leaf lengthwise, and apply it directly to the skin. You also can scrape out the leaf's inner pulp, mash it with a fork, and apply the moist gel to the burn. If you don't use all the gel in the leaf, it will seal its own cut, allowing you to save the leaf and remaining gel for later use. Always cut the outermost, oldest leaves first, as the aloe plant produces new leaves from its center. A wide variety of commercial aloe preparations, including gels, soaps, skin creams, and burn remedies, also are available.
It is said that it can treat intestinal problems and menstrual issues. However this hasn't been tested completely and I personally have never tried it so I am hesitant to recommend it.
It is a protective plant and is very popular in househoulds since it is known to bring luck and prosperity.
Aloe Vera is ruled by the Moon.
Love and Blessings,