Herbal Grimoire: The Shocking Truth of Aloe Vera

Written by Algoth’s Grove

“The plant of immortality was documented by the Egyptians as early as 16 Century BC. However, science has evolved, and we have found that this beauty isn’t as safe as we would have liked to believe.”

Aloe Vera, also known as Aloe, Burn Plant, Lily of the desert, Elephant’s Gall, is found right across the world as an addition to all sorts of healing products. From shampoo’s to make-up removers, soft drinks, edibles, over the counter medicine and so forth. Since the time when Egyptians would present this incredible plant as a funeral gift as well as using it as a beauty product, Aloe Vera has come a long way in folkloric medicinal uses.

The problem with medicine is that we do not read or research enough information before listening to the old witches tales on the uses. As a 21st century witch, everything must be balanced by the science. Algoth’s grove loves our Aloe, but its uses in treating anything internally is not backed by science, and the scary fact is that without the correct process of decolorization, Aloe Vera produces a component called Aloin. In rats, Aloin showed to produce tumors in the large intestine, it has also been showed to be a active cause behind ovarian cancer and other feminine reproductive problems. It is also extremely potent in ensuring the dilution of semen in artificial fertilisation of sheep.

The scientific evidence that we have is frightening enough to risk taking Aloe Vera internally. It is used extensively in Ayurvedic Medicine as Kathalai, and we find it in almost every supermarket today. The FDA removed the laxative version from over the counter medicine because the evidence of safety was not concrete enough to have it passed. When Googling Aloe Vera, the medicinal effects make this plant an incredible medicine, but the science and the toxicology reports are not speaking the same language. Yes, science has yet to meet our folkloric understanding of medicine, and even though topically Aloe Vera is wonderful for an entire array of medical issues such as acne and psoriasis, however, your skin absorbs this plant, once is fine, but a continued use on a daily basis is not something that the science behind it recommends.

Magically, Aloe was sacred to the Egyptians and to Islamic followers today. To witches, the Aloe Vera is a plant of femininity, representative of the element of Water and of the moon. It is sacred to the astological sign Cancer and is a great charm to bring peace into the home.

The spirit of Aloe Vera is phenomenal both medicinally and magically, however it is not worth ingesting until there is concrete evidence of its absolute safety. But the choice is really yours.   

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One comment on “Herbal Grimoire: The Shocking Truth of Aloe Vera”
  1. brewandpotionmistress says:

    “The Truth About Aloe Vera” brings up several good points which are applicable to all plant medicine usage.
    Although many plants have a long history of folkloric use, this does not necessarily make them safe. As you point out, today it is important to balance our Inherited knowledge with what we can learn from the science behind these plants.
    What I see so much is an attitude among non-herbalists that, “it’s just a plant”, therefore it can be consumed ad lib. Herbal medicines, just like pharmaceuticals, have a specific dosage and timeframe so that they can be optimally effective and safe. Taking them outside of this recommended framework can cause toxicity and side effects.
    Some plants used historically, although effective, are also quite dangerous. We know today (and I suspect most herbalists knew hundreds of years ago) that these plants allies need to be used very carefully with great respect. Foxglove-Digitalis spp is a great example. Although Foxglove has impressive cardiotonic properties, it also has a very narrow therapeutic window- even slightly higher amounts can be deadly. It should not be used as safer alternatives are available.

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