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Monday, February 13, 2017

Herbarium: Magical and Medicinal Uses of Aloe

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

Folk Names: Burn Plant, Medicine Plant
Gender: Feminine
Planet: Moon
Element: Water
Powers: Fertility, Healing, Love, Luck, Protection
Magical Uses and History: Aloe is one of the most commonly used plants across the globe with most everyone recognizing it for its healing abilities, especially for burns. The Egyptians were one of the first recorded peoples to recognize the healing benefits of aloe, using it extensively in medicine and beauty regiments. Cleopatra was said to have used aloe daily and it was credited to her beauty and youthfulness. Because it kept Cleopatra looking young, it became known as the 'beauty herb' and the plant of immortality, the latter of which was also attributed to its ability to cure soldiers and supposedly improve their life span. It was later used as an embalming fluid to prevent decomposition. The prevention of decomposition was believed to bring the person's soul immortality. As such, aloe can be used in beauty and glamour spells or spells for immortality.

Across the way, the Mesopotamians used aloe to cure a number of ailments that were believed to be brought on by demonic possession. It quickly became known as a holy plant. Its healing abilities became so well known that Alexander the Great sailed his army to islands growing aloe to commandeer the plants as their own to heal his soldiers and prevent further harm. As its miraculous healing abilities were witnessed, the war effort to seize aloe intensified with Aristotle and the general public fully supporting the effort. Multiple islands off the coast of Africa were invaded and seized, their aloe harvested and sent back to Greece. 

Aloe is also associated with love and fertility due to its continual use by the Phoenician goddess Astarte. It is believed that the love and fertility powers possessed by the goddess originated from her unceasing use of aloe on her skin. This continual use caused her skin to glow, which is believed to have maintained her power. As such, aloe became associated with strengthening inner power, as well as love and fertility. Aloe can be used to enhance your own abilities and to aid in fertility and love spells. 

Likely originating in Africa, aloe is hung over doors to protect against evil and bring luck. Growing aloe in your kitchen was believed to prevent burns, of which the plant is capable of healing. This superstition made its way to South America where aloe is deeply associated with protection and luck. Many homes have aloe planted in their front garden beds to protect against evil spirits, witchcraft, and bad luck, while others hang aloe on the doorsteps of their homes and businesses for protection and to encourage business and welcome visitors. Plant aloe in your yard or keep it in your home for the same purpose, or include aloe in protection rituals by anointing candles in its juices.

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 ailments. 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 mouth and gums 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 breast milk and may adversely affect the baby.


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7 comments :

  1. These are very useful. Thank you.

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    1. Your welcome! I am glad you found it useful.

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  2. I hope you don't get upset if people alert you to typos in the herb descriptions, as I found one in the Aleo. Under the "Preparation and Dosage" section: "For mouth and throat problems.....rinse mount and fums daily with gel." I have printed out several of your papers for my book of shadows; they are well done and VERY beautifully illustrated. I hope to be able to print out more in the future. THANK YOU so very much for all your work.

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    1. Not at all. Thank you for catching them. Sometimes Grammarly and myself don't catch all the errors, and sometimes the darned app says its working when it isn't. I appreciate you catching the typos. I'll correct them now in both the article and PDF.

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  3. You're very welcome - I just have spell check on MS word or whatever is on sites like facebook, etc. and even those don't work correctly at times so I understand where you're coming from. I got a new printer so I'm looking forward to coming back and printing out some of the herb PDF's for my Book of Shadows. Thank you for this blog, it's amazing and helpful!!!

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    1. I'm glad you are enjoying it! Thank you for reading!

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