Taste (Rasa): Bitter
Energetics (Virya): Cooling
Doshic Effect: Balancing for Vata and Pitta
Benefits & Use: Applied locally, aloe vera gel calms common inflammatory skin conditions — minor burns, sunburn, cuts, scrapes — by reducing heat and moisturizes the skin. The gel also has antibacterial and antifungal qualities and increases blood flow to wounded areas. Ingested, aloe vera juice acts as a laxative stimulating the intestines and lining the gut wall. It is used for anemia, fever, gynecological conditions, loss of appetite, abdominal colic, among other diseases.
Additional Uses: Eye makeup remover; shaving cream; treatment for puffy eyes; moisturizer for dry cracked heels; organic hand sanitizer
In the Kitchen: Aloe vera extract (juice) has a long history of being used as a health tonic and digestive aid in many indigenous cultures. Though it has a somewhat bitter flavour, it easily blends into smoothies, juicing recipes and salad dressings, just to name a few.