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Medicinal Herbs: Aloe Vera
Plants have long been used for disease prevention and as natural remedies, by humans, other animals, and even by plants. Much of what we have learned so far, has come to us by watching dietary habits of animals in the wild, from personal experience, and second-hand knowledge passed down from others. Today, herbalism is common, and more is known about the medicinal properties of plants. There is in fact, so much data about so many plants, and so much yet to come, that I felt it necessary to limit the number of plants in the following list of medicinal herbs. I therefore decided to focus on a handful of plants, which grow best in the wild in my local area, or are easy to find, propagate and grow indoors.
Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)Parts Used: gel from leaves
Nutrients: carbohydrates (sugars, cellulose, lignins), fats, proteins (lectins), amino acids (alanine, arginine, asparagine, aspartic acid, cysteine, glutamic acid, glutamine, glycine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, proline, serine, threonine, valine, tryptophan, tyrosine), enzymes (alkaline phosphatase, amylase, bradykinase, carboxypeptidase, catylase, cellulase, creatine phosphokinase, lipase, oxidase, proteolytiase), vitamins (vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, choline, C, E), minerals (calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, zinc)
Medicinal Properties: analgesic, anesthetic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, emollient, haemostatic, hypoglycemic, immunostimulant, vulnerary
Phytochemicals: aloin, anthraquinones, cinnamic acid, emodin, glucommannans, salicylic acid, saponins, phytosterols
Safety Precautions: none, if used externally
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