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Can any Aloe Vera be used for topical use?

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  1. hambo

    hambo New Member

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    I know that not all types of aloe vera are suitable for consumption with some potentially being quite poisonous. Although is this the same with aloe vera when applying to the skin or are they all okay.

    Been given a few aloe vera plants by friends and the label says not suitable for consumption but no other information, nor even the type of aloe vera plant it is. Help :confused:
     
  2. jnani

    jnani Well-Known Member

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    I didn't know that some varieties are poisonous.
    May be Google varieties of aloe Vera. See their images and identify which ones you got. Then you can study those varieties in depth.
     
  3. Tashanie

    Tashanie Well-Known Member

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    With my pharmacist experience I know that there are many more things that cannot be consumed than can be applied. Since aloe vera is so widely used topically if there was a variety that for some reason was not suitable I am very confident it would be clearly marked. So if it doesn't say, I would assume its safe for topical use after appropriate preparation
     
  4. hambo

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    Ok thanks, will continue to look into it further.
     
  5. amy green

    amy green Well-Known Member

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    You may find it to be an acquired taste, e.g. in a drink - I found it far too bitter!
     
  6. Crowan

    Crowan Well-Known Member

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    Several sources suggest it is toxic, many others say not. I assume from this that (like aquilegia where the leaves make great salads but the seeds and root are toxic) parts of it are fine - the middle of the leaves? - and parts not. (There seems to be a lot of doubt about the outer layer of the leaves.

    Many plants that are edible will say "not for consumption" if they are sold as decorative plants. That's just to protect against law suites.
     
  7. hambo

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    Learnt there is a type called badensis or something to that affect which is safe for human consumption and actually quite good for us. But never seem to come across it in garden centres or the usual stores like B&Q. Have no idea where to get this from except ebay where you never really know how good the end product that arrives at your door will be :(
     
  8. amy green

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    There is (or was) an aloe vera drink you can buy from health shops, e.g. Holland & Barrett but, as mentioned, I thought it was almost too bitter to drink.
     
  9. Cascara

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    I love the Aloe Vera Juice, it's not bitter at all, perhaps yours had gone off?
     
  10. amy green

    amy green Well-Known Member

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    No - I drank it as soon as I bought it! I quite like fairly sharp tastes but this was difficult to swallow at all. There are many different kinds of aloe vera juices...perhaps yours was different e.g. had something added to it?
     
  11. Itsapain!

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    We use Aloe Vera in both consumption and topical form in our family. For my daughter who has suffered with eczema since birth (she is now 7) we use Aloe Gelly and Aloe Propolis on her skin. After years of using prescribed emolients, steroids and moisterisers the improvement in her skin has been dramatic. My Husband underwent surgery on his spine last year and is awaiting surgery on his damaged knee cartilidge. He drinks a special Aloe for the joints, as it contains glucosamin, chondroitin and MSM, 120ml daily and again the improvement on his mobility has been amazing. I would highly recommend trying Aloe. If you want any further info on how its helped my family give me a shout! :)
     
  12. Rebecca44

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    I buy a large container of aloe gel and use that on my skin. It works great.
     
  13. amy green

    amy green Well-Known Member

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    Yes Aloe Vera gel used on sunburn or skin inflammation/rash is just the ticket for cooling it down.
     
  14. Mrs. S.

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    You can use aloe vera plant juice to relieve burns.
     
  15. amy green

    amy green Well-Known Member

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    Aloe vera gel is good for this - I would think more effective than the juice since it is a gel rather than a liquid.
     
  16. dreamer2057

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    For skin wounds I use the plant. I cut a little peice of the stem, if you look at the end you will see a clear sticky sap, apply this to the wound and it will heal very quickly. I have done this a number of times for little cut and scratches to the skin and it does heal quicker, but dont consume the sticky sap.
     

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