Lana Farson, M.S., L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist

Skin Healer – Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe is cooling, moistening and astringent.  The clear gel is used for moistening and regenerating the skin.  It has been used externally for thousands of years to treat wounds, skin infections, 1st degree burns such as sunburns and many other dermatological conditions.  It is excellent for sunburns, and is best when applied soon after receiving the burn.  Best quality and cutting aloebest results involves using the transparent gel from the fresh plant.

To obtain the gel:

  1. Cut off one whole leaf from the plant
  2. Slice off the thorny edges
  3. Fillet the aloe leaf by cutting off the flat edge of green skin with one long stroke.
  4. Score the exposed gel, so that it begins to release its inner moisture (keep one edge of the green skin intact)

The dried yellow latex from the inner lining of the leaf has a different function and is used in Asian medicine as a laxative due to its ability to moisten the large intestine.  The yellow latex contains anthroquinone glycosides.

4 Comments

  1. PUI YEE LAW says:

    After I read this article, I tried to apply FRESH Aloe Vera gel on my face for a week. I notice my skin complexion is better and smoother. The result compares with the non-fresh one sold in the market, I notice the fresh one give a better result. I wonder, can we eat the aloe as well?

  2. Barton Atkison says:

    Aloe Vera is commonly used to treat sunburn. As well as providing soothing relief, it may also assist in the healing process. Apply to the affected areas as needed. Although the gel extracted directly from an aloe Vera plant works best, if you don’t have ready access to one, you may use an ‘over the counter’ Aloe Vera Cream that contains the gel. For this to be effective, just ensure that the cream contains a high concentration of Aloe Vera than it does water or other solutions.,

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