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Aloe, Aloe vera

Family:

Asparagaceae

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Medicinal Garden information:

Is an effective skin moisturizer and antimicrobial

In treatment for Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) application of aloe extract cream increases healing rates.

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Serves as a natural laxative when taken orally

Research suggests the inner leaf lining of aloe may be used orally as a natural laxative. Aloe latex contains anthraquinone glycosides (aloin, aloe-emodin, and barbaloin) that act as potent stimulant laxatives.

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Compounds found in aloe are effective skin moisturizers and topical use can significantly improve symptoms of psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis

Topical use of a aloe extract significantly improves symptoms of psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis. Constituent polysaccharide found in aloe, known as glucomannan, is an effective human skin moisturizer.

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