Aloe, cape Aloe barbadensis
Historically used for Burns, Cold sores, Colitis, Diabetes, Dry Skin, Inflammation Pain, Pruritus. Aloe is potentially helpful in the treatment of Type-2 diabetes and does not cause weight gain, a common side effect in some diabetes medications. It also promotes the absorption of nutrients through the digestive tract and normalizes blood sugar. Indian Ayurvedic physicians highly recommend its use internally as a drink for hemorrhoids, in addition to stimulating fertility in women. A tea made from the dried juice of Aloe Vera Leaf makes a fine mouthwash, effective against cold sores and also a wash for the eyes. Applied topically, Aloe Vera is known to rejuvenate wrinkled, sun-aged skin, and will stimulate cell regeneration. Application also promotes the healing of sores, insect bites, cuts and burns, and is an effective treatment against psoriasis and eczema. Aloe contains enzymes that relieve pain, and as a mild anesthetic, it relieves itching and swelling. Its topical application will help burns from scarring. Aloe Vera is an astringent and emollient; it is antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial.