Botanical Name: Aloe barbadensis
Aloes is a succulent perennial plant of the genus aloe, having fleshy leaves with spiny edges. Aloe or Gum Aloes is characterized by strong and pungent odour and very bitter and nauseas taste.
Aloe or Gum Aloes exudes from the leaves of aloe species. The liquid extracted from these species is concentrated either by means of evaporation or by boiling to turn it into a consistency of thick liquid. The processed juice or gel solidifies on cooling.
Significance and Uses:
Aloe gum is particularly used in pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. This gum or resin is used as a compound to treat various skin infections and irritations, soothe burns and wounds. A prominent property of gum aloes is that it serves as a strong laxative. As a laxative, it stimulates the digestion process, constipation and diarrhea with painful urination. It is also used in combination with other herbs as a purgative to treat congestion, especially in the pelvic organs, abdomen, and head such as minor prolapse of the uterus, prostate problems and headaches.