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Why we use Aloe!

Aloe Vera Connection™


We add Aloe Vera to our Magnesium Oil and Gel products due to its healing properties at and below the surface of the skin. Aloe is a cell proliferant meaning it helps grow new cells. When combined with the vasodilation (opens the blood vessels very quickly) properties of the magnesium, this amazing product is delivered quickly to the cells!

Aloe Vera’s global propagation has spanned millennia and its natural prevalence is thought to be the direct product of human cultivation and trade.Considering this remarkable plant’s ornamental and medicinal uses, it’s no wonder Aloe Vera has endured as one of the more popular garden plants in temperate and tropical climate horticulture.

Its historical medicinal use is what holds the healer’s fascination, dating as far back as 1550 B.C.[i] in Ancient Egypt, into the early A.D. eras in Greece and Asia, and continuing into modern times on a global scale. Containing several medicinal compounds within the resin of the plant, and the aqueous gel of the inner leaf more importantly, countless remedies and treatments have actively populated the natural skin-care market for decades.

Of the numerous varieties of the Aloe Vera in use today, perhaps the best known is A. barbadensis, a common variation naturalized in North and South America, which grows effectively in both temperate and tropical climates. There are over seventy known variations and other common names include: Aloes, Barbadoes aloe, Aloe vera, and Cape Aloe.

Known Active Constituents[ii]

Aloe Leaf Gel (without Aloin):

Extracts of the mucilaginous gel of the inner leaf contain various polysaccharides (pectins, hemicelluloses, glucomannan, acemannan, and mannose derivatives), amino acids, sterols (lupeol, campesterol, and ß-sitosterol), tannins, and enzymes.

Aloe Leaf Extractives (with Aloin):

Extracts of A. barbadensis resin are known to contain various concentrations of anthraquinone glycosides aloin A (barbaloin) and aloin B (isobarbaloin), aloeresin A and aloeresin B, as well as free anthraquinone, aloe-emodin-anthrone and several c-glycosyl-chromones. Other species of Aloe are known to contain several aloeresins, aloe-emodin, and cinnamic acid.

Mechanisms of Action


Aloin-free Aloe Vera gel (from the inner leaf), refined into a juice or powder, has been used traditionally for the mucilaginous treatment and soothing of acid reflux, canker sores and stomach ulcers. Small doses of refined gel powders have been employed in the treatment of mild diarrhea due to the freeze-dried gel’s ability to absorb excess water in the bowel. Used as a mucilaginous Proliferant, Aloe Vera stimulates the regrowth of soft tissues and mucous membranes within the throat, stomach and large intestines and also exhibits mild antimicrobial properties over exposed tissues.


The fresh and/or stabilized Aloin-free gel from the inner leaf has been used extensively as a mucilaginous proliferant for treatment of abrasions, rashes, first and second degree thermal burns, mild to severe sunburn, psoriasis, and eczema.In some clinical studies, the influence of Aloe on certain tendon-related injuries marked a dramatic increase in collagen organization and superstructure, promoting a little-understood re-epithelialization effect in afflicted tissues using various forms of the stabilized gel.


While the exact mechanisms behind Aloe’s ability to stimulate vasoconstriction and reduce edema are not fully understood, multiple in vitro and in vivo studies have reported accelerated healing and re-epithelialization (regeneration) of damaged dermis and muscle tissue. Some studies have also indicated that compounds within the gel may inhibit localized histamine response when used topically, exhibiting significant anti-inflammatory characteristics.

Stimulant Purgative

The especially well-known anthraquinone glycosides barabloin (Aloin-a) and isobarbaloin (Aloin-b), prevalent in the “yellow sap” layer (sometimes referred to as the “latex layer”) between the outer leaf and gelatinous flesh of the Aloe Vera, have been used traditionally and pharmaceutically as a potent and cathartic laxative, stimulating colonic contractions and inhibiting the re-absorption of water in the digestive tract.


Several compounds found within the gelatinous interior of the Aloe leaf have mildly irritating influences on the outer dermis and sub-surface tissues, which stimulates an effective immune response to the region. Ordinarily, this immune response from motile leukocytes (“white” blood cells) would also involve the localized stimulation of the inflammatory process, but various compounds found in Aloe Vera gels and juices have been observed to exhibit anti-inflammatory effects when used topically.Leukocytes are capable of defending against and metabolizing foreign pathogenic substances and micro-organisms and mucilaginous proliferants, such as Aloe Vera gel and juice, contain various concentrations of polysaccharides and enzymes that stimulate the rapid replacement of damaged or old cells.

Therapeutic Uses

Aloe Vera’s prominence in the herbalist’s garden and the modern natural health marketplace has given rise to a number of therapeutic applications ranging from creams, jellies, exudates (sap), juices and extracts right up to medicinal isolates derived pharmaceutically. Modern science has identified several of the most effective uses for this remarkable plant and any student of modern and eclectic medicinal plant sciences is likely to become well versed in the applications, benefits, and Mechanisms of Action of Aloe Vera.


Treatment for first and second-degree thermal burns ranges from the use of creams and lotions to the full-strength application of the gel itself, straight from the plant. Creams and lotions containing Aloe are notorious for carrying aloe in concentrations ranging far below actual therapeutic dose for most applications, with concentrated and/or purified gels and extracts ranging far more effective historically. The Aloe product is applied liberally, in almost every form, directly to the burn and allowed to fully absorb into the afflicted tissues. Tactile manipulation of the afflicted tissues should be avoided but historical medical and eclectic record suggests that the application of the medicine should be generous and repeated often for best results.


Some forms of psoriasis have been successfully treated topically using a basic isolate of the gel from the inner leaf. Applied in the form of a cream or gel, the Aloe product is massaged deeply into the afflicted dermis and allowed to fully absorb.In cases of psoriasis of the scalp, residue left in the hair is usually rinsed with water, but only after sufficient medicine has been applied to the scalp.


Due to its proliferant and emollient properties, fresh or stabilized gel from the inner leaf has been used to effectively reduce inflammation and tissue damage associated with eczema. Used topically, a generous amount of Aloe Vera is safe for everyday use and may be applied as often as needed.

Acne and Dry Skin

Aloe Vera has been used in both ancient and modern medicinal treatments as a non-oily moisturizer and has been known to reduce inflammation and tissue damage associated with some forms of the common skin ailment known as Acne. Regular topical application of the fresh or stabilized gel from the inner leaf is often recommended for relief from various symptoms related to Acne, as well as for general moisturizing for healthy skin and improvement of local myofascial collagen organization.

Transdermal Delivery Aid

Aloe Vera is well known for its absorbability and has been suggested for use by alternative health practitioners, pharmacognosists, and herbalists in the formulation of remedies and medicines that utilize transdermal delivery methods.


Pregnancy and Nursing

Aloin is well known for its cathartic laxative properties when taken orally. Accordingly, ingestion of Aloe products containing Aloin, even in minute quantities should be avoided by pregnant and nursing women.

Some studies [iii] have shown that continued ingestion of a therapeutic dose of stabilized Aloe Vera gel or juice from the inner leaf may significantly reduce blood glucose. Pregnant or nursing mothers should avoid ingesting Aloe Vera in any form without first consulting their obstetrician or professional healthcare provider.

Cathartic Laxative

Aloin and other Aloin-rich products manufactured as OTC laxatives have been heavily regulated by the FDA over the past decade due to prevalent and sometimes severe side effects [iv]. Accordingly, Aloin laxatives are not especially common in today’s market. Aloin-free juice and gel from the inner leaf is not known to exhibit these laxative effects.

Deep Wounds and Lacerations

The use of juice, gel or resin exudates of Aloe Vera has been contraindicated in treatment of deep lacerations and wounds. One study showed that stabilized Aloe Vera gel actually inhibited the healing of deep surgical wounds, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


[i] The Papyrus Ebers - Cyril P. Bryan, 1930.

[ii] The 5-Minute Herb and Dietary Supplement Consult- Adriane Fugh-Berman, 2003.

[iii] Aloe Vera Leaf Gel in Treatment of Advanced Type 2 Diabetes - Fallah Huseini H, Kianbakht S, et al: Journal of Medicinal Plants, 2012.

[iv] Herbs at a Glance: Aloe Vera - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2012.

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