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Aloe (Ghritkumari), Its Uses and How it Looks

Characteristics

How it looks - It is a coarse perennial with a short stem and shallow root system. The leaves are fleshy with horny prickles on the margins, and the flowers are yellow or orange in colour.

What we use - Leaf juice

What it does - It is bitter, cooling, anthelmintic, carminative, diuretic, stomachic and emmenagogue.

Herbel Medicines for the Cure of Common Disorders

  • In jaundice - A few drops of aloe juice is instilled in the nostrils to control jaundice. In liver disorders and splenomegaly-Aloe juice with turmeric powder should be taken twice a day to combat these conditions.

  • In difficult urination - In high fever, sometimes, this condition arises. Consume diluted aloe juice from time to time to alleivate this condition.

  • In wounds - Boil aloe leaves and take the fleshy part of the inside of the leaves to use as a poultice over wounds.

  • In burning sensation - Paste cumin seeds with aloe juice and apply over the area. Even in burns, the above mixture may be applied from time to time to hasten healing and prevent scar formation.

  • As a cosmetic - Aloe is one of the best known moisturisers and is used freely in creams and shampoos to retain moisture in skin and hair.You can make your own home-made moisturiser and cleanser in the following way - Take 1h tsp of lemon juice and 1/2 of aloe juice. Dilute this with about 4 tsp of water. After filtering apply this mixture over the face and neck and wash off after 15 minutes.
   

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