Origin: Arabian Peninsula
Scientific Name: Aloe vera
Folk Names: Burn plant, medicine plant
Planet: The Moon
Moon Phase: Full moon
Deities: Amun Ra, Artemis, moon goddesses, Venus, Vulcan
Parts Used: Leaves, gel
Magical Properties: Healing, love, luck, protection, success
Aloe vera is first recorded as being used medicinally in ancient Egypt (1550 BCE). It was also included in De Materia Medica and Natural History, both published in the first century CE.
- Aloe plants guard against evil.
- Grow Aloe vera in the kitchen to protect against burns and accidents.
- Burn aloe vera on the night of the full moon to attract a new lover by the new moon.
- Helps minor burns
Parts Used: Gel, latex.
- Good for insect bites.
- Extremely moisturising.
- Laxative effect (latex, taken orally).
- Can help with psoriasis and skin damage from radiation treatment.
- Amazing for acne, cuts, bruises, abrasions: helps heal, protect, and reduce scarring.
- Diabetes: can reduce blood sugar and HbA1c in people with type 2 diabetes, and can improve cholesterol levels.
- Burns: improves healing, improves itching (vs corticosteroid medication) with chemical burns, helps with healing time and wound size in 1st & 2nd degree burns.
Interactions (internal use):
- Digoxin (lanolin)
- Warfarin (coumadin)
- Diabetes medications
- Oral drugs (due to laxative effect)
- Sevoflurane (ultane) stimulant laxatives
- Do not take orally if pregnant, breastfeeding, intestinal conditions, haemorrhoids, or kidney problems.
Aloe juice is a popular drink in much of the world.
Aloe is a great ingredient for use in beauty products like facial cleansers, moisturisers, hand sanitisers, or hair gels.
Type: Evergreen succulent
Plant size: 60-100cm
Leaves: Long, thick/fleshy green leaves with a serrated/toothed edge. Some varieties tend more towards grey, and/or have white spots.
Flowers: Flower spike in summer up to 90cm high, with several tubular yellow flowers 2-3cm long.
In the Garden
Light: Bright-medium light
Water: Keep dry
- Don’t over-water
- Divide offshoots in summer, and follow by giving the parent plan a good liquid feed.
- Aloes are not frost-tolerant, and should be moved inside over winter in frost-prone areas.