Aloe Vera can be used for various ailments. Externally, it can be applied for burns and sprains and internally, it can be taken for constipation, jaundice, loss of appetite and gas formation in the stomach. In burns, the juice or the pulp of the fleshy part of the aloe vera leaf is applied externally. And for sprains, the pulp or the juice may be gently rubbed over the affected part, two to three times. Aloe Vera juice is very relieving for pain associated with sunburn. It has a very soothing effect, and can also be used as an emollient in creams.

For all these troubles the juice or pulp of this plant is given. You can add a pinch of sugar or salt to the bitter juice. For treating children with aloe juice, you can add some sugar, honey or jaggery to it. For a patient suffering from jaundice, the juice or pulp should be given by adding sugar or jaggery (no salt).

The dose: You can best give both pulp and juice of the aloe in a dose of one teaspoon (5 ml) three times a day, preferably on an empty stomach. Keep a growing aloe in your kitchen windowsill handy as it is a very good, natural first aid treatment for burns. Aloe Vera will stop the pain almost immediately and even help in healing if a little of it is freshly applied every few hours.

Christiaan Janssens

CRO Akwa Wellness

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