Aloe vera - planta de sabila © tuttysan, 2007

Aloe vera – planta de sabila © tuttysan, 2007

It wasn’t just one of grandma’s stories or the way mom got back at me for misbehaving by making me chew aloe crystals with honey when I had a cold… there’s more to sábila than meets the eye. The healing properties of Aloe Vera are many, detailed below:

Plant Source: Aloe barbadensis Miller (Family Liliaceae).

Part Used: Leaf gel.

Properties: Healing, pain-relieving, emollient, soothing, anti-inflammatory.

Most Common Traditional Uses:

Internal – General tonic, cleanser, detoxifier.

External – Minor burns, sunburn, eczema, psoriasis, skin irritations, insect bites, minor cuts, scratches and wounds.

Read more here. Picture credits: mom’s backyard.