Monday, February 13, 2017

Herbarium: Aloe

Magical and Medicinal Uses of Aloe. Includes FREE BOS page!

Folk Names: Burn Plant, Medicine Plant
Gender: Feminine
Planet: Moon
Element: Water
Powers: Luck, Protection
Magical Uses and History: Aloe is one of the most commonly used plants across the globe, and is found in many homes. Almost everyone recognizes it for its healing abilities, especially for burns, but it is also a protective plant. Growing aloe in your home protects against accidents, particularly burns. Originating in Africa, aloe is hung over doors to protect against evil and bring luck. The Egyptians, on the other hand, believed aloe to be the plant of immortality, using it during funerals.

Aloe can be used in a number of spells including:
     Healing Spells
     Luck Magic
     Protection Magic
Medicinal Uses: Aloe is a natural anti-inflammatory, wound healer, and immune supporter. Aloe is commonly prized for its ability to repair damaged tissue resulting from trauma, such as burns and bruising, acne, dermatitis, herpes sores, rashes, sunburns, and psoriasis. However, it should not be used to treat cuts or other open wounds. It is also used to treat mouth ulcers, aching teeth, gingivitis, receding gums, and sore throats. Some research suggests aloe will stimulate an immune response if taken orally, being traditionally used to treat stomach ulcers, asthma, and even HIV.

Preparation and Dosage: The gel/juice in the leaves is used to treat a variety of aliments. Externally- For minor burns, run the affected area under cold water before applying gel liberally. It combines well with comfrey in healing deep-seated problems such as fractures and sports injuries. For mouth and throat problems, rinse the mount and fums daily with gel. It can be mixed with sage to create a "tea" to gargle with for a sore throat or hoarseness. Internally- Take 0.1-0.3 milliliters of the juice. I strongly suggest taking aloe internally ONLY under the supervision of a licensed medical professional. Aloe stimulates uterine contractions and should be avoided during pregnancy. It should also be avoided in lactating women as it is excreted in the breast milk and may adversely affect the baby.

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