What is Aloe good for?

“How come you’re always such a fussy young man
Don’t want no Cap’n Crunch, don’t want no Raisin Bran
Well don’t you know that other kids are starvin’ in Japan
So eat it, just eat it…”

Probably other kids are not starving in Japan, and furthermore in Asia drinks with Aloe vera gel pieces floating about are common while Aloe yogurt is trending as the latest big fad.


Grow your own Aloe, filet the leaves to remove the skin as you would filet fish. Use the skin to rub on your own skin for the remaining gel then dry and powder the skin to put in your garden or on potted plants.

Part of its popularity is that it’s a striking plant to look at, but the gel inside the leaves also has strong healing capabilities for a number of maladies and conditions. In fact, the gel could easily remedy many of the problems thousands of people purchase creams and lotions for, purportedly containing extracts from the aloe vera plant, but often containing only a fraction of the healing power available from the genuine article.

It’s the gel inside the leaves that contains the highest levels of bioactivity, but here’s what’s really amazing, according to holistic nutritionist and author Laura Dawn, who launched Happy and Raw:3 Aloe vera’s got you covered at least eight different ways, as it’s:

Disinfectant Antibiotic Antimicrobial Antiseptic
Antibacterial Germicidal Antiviral Antifungal

One study shows aloe vera contains 75 potentially active compounds, including lignin, saponins and salicylic acids and amino acids, 12 anthraquinones, which are phenolic compounds traditionally known as laxatives. It also provides campesterol, β-sisosterol and lupeol, and the hormones auxins and gibberellins that help in wound healing and have anti-inflammatory action.6

As an adaptogen, aloe boosts your body’s ability to adapt to external changes and increases your ability to deal with stress, be it physical, emotional or environmental. Scientists believe adaptogens balance your system and stimulate your natural defense and adaptive mechanisms, further helping to combat illness and disease.

The Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry notes that aloe helps the body cleanse itself,10 and a four-study review acknowledged that it could reduce the healing time of burns by as much as nine days in comparison with conventional medicine’s remedies.11 In addition, aloe vera:

Reduces dental plaque, kills plaque-forming bacteria andCandida albacans12 Helps heal and alleviates pain of canker cores13 Improves cardiovascular health as beta sitosterol helps optimize cholesterol
Aids digestion; reduces constipation due to the compound aloin, or barbaloin14 Lowers blood sugar levels15 Reduces inflammation
Helps detoxify your body Boosts your immune system due to polysaccharides May improve skin, increase collagen production16 and alleviate wrinkles