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Can I use aloe vera gel for face &hair ? Benefits & side effects of aloe vera gel on face & hair?

Can I use aloe vera gel for face &hair ? Benefits & side effects of aloe vera gel on face & hair?

Aloe: Aloe is considered safe for both skin, hair and if properly prepared for drinking. Be sure quality and validity of ingredients. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Aloe Lotion (Definition)

Aloe gel, made from the central part of the aloe leaf, is a common household remedy for minor cuts and burns, as well as sunburns. It can be found in many commercial skin lotions and cosmetics. Aloe contains active compounds that may decrease pain and inflammation and stimulate skin growth and repair. For this reason, aloe vera gel has gained tremendous popularity for relief of burns, with individual success in helping minor burns. In one study, burn sites treated with aloe healed completely in less than 16 days compared to 19 days for sites treated with silver sulfadiazine. In a review of the scientific literature, researchers found that patients who were treated with aloe vera healed an average of almost 9 days sooner than those who weren't treated with the medicinal plant. However, other studies show mixed results, including at least one study that found aloe actually delayed healing. Aloe is best used for minor burns and skin irritations, and should never be applied ...Read more


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What are the side effects of aloe vera juice?

What are the side effects of aloe vera juice?

Aloe vera juice: I understand your concern about Aloe Vera and side effects. Aloe latex can cause stomach pain and cramps. Long-term use of large amounts of aloe latex might cause diarrhea, kidney problems, blood in the urine, low potassium, muscle weakness, weight loss, and heart disturbances. Taking aloe latex 1 gram per day for several days can be fatal. Please see your Physician. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects from aloe Vera juice?

Are there any side effects from aloe Vera juice?

Yes, esp. if...: Most aloe juice is made from the gel and this is generally safe in moderation. However, some juice contains anthraquinones from the latex near the skin; this is a powerful laxative that can lower potassium and even at times cause hepatitis and kidney problems. Even just the gel can cause allergies in some and may lower blood sugar (good for diabetics). See http://tinyurl.com/zcusu5o for details. ...Read more

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Our pediatrician recommended 1/2 tsp of raw aloe vera juice 1-3 x daily for our 4 month old with GERD symptoms. Is this safe? Side effects?

Our pediatrician recommended 1/2 tsp of raw aloe vera juice 1-3 x daily for our 4 month old with GERD symptoms.  Is this safe? Side effects?

No : Aloe is potentially unsafe by mouth for adults. Infants of this age is not recommended to use preparations that may contain contaminants as well. It also may function as a laxative and cause unnecessary weight and water loss. Lastly, there are latex components which are not advisable to exposure. ...Read more

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Does decolorized aloe vera gel has any safety consern?

Does decolorized aloe vera gel has any safety consern?

On skin?: Potentially one if used on the skin one may develop an allergic contact skin reaction to it but I have never seen one yet. Even if you drink a moderate amount of it, there is little risk for adverse reactions but there is not a single food item which is 100% free of side effects for all people. ...Read more

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Could i apply aloe vera gel on open cut?

Could i apply aloe vera gel on open cut?

Aloe Vera: May be helpful for minor wounds.Aloe vera (aloe barbadensis) can speed burn healing by stimulating growth of new skin. Use of aloe vera can help to prevent keratinisation of new skin growth and thus it may help to minimize scarring ; speed the healing process of burns and skin wounds. It stimulates the growth of new healthy skin cells. ...Read more

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Can aloe vera gel be used as a lubricant?

Depends: It all depends upon its formulation. A gel by definition has lubricating quality. But whether it can be used as a lubricant for a useful purpose. ...Read more

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Can vaseline aloe vera gel be used on face?

Carefully: Any heavy oil based product could block your pores and cause acne. ...Read more

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Can i leave aloe vera gel on my face over night?

Might be irritating.: Sometimes too much of a good thing can be too much of a good thing. Although side effects are not common with aloe ; it is used to treat some skin conditions, it has the potential to cause skin irritation. ...Read more

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What type of aloe vera gel can you use on your hair?

Aloe Vera Gel: Why? I don't know of any indications for aloe vera for hair. Aloe Vera can prompt healing of tissues but hair is dead? ...Read more

Using Aloe (Definition)

The Aloe vera plant has been used for thousands of years to heal a variety of conditions, most notably burns, wounds, skin irritations, and constipation. It is grown in most subtropical and tropical locations, including South Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Aloe was one of the most frequently prescribed medicines throughout most of the 18th and 19th centuries and it remains one of the most commonly used herbs in the United States today. However, oral use of aloe for constipation is no longer recommended, as it can ...Read more