Aloe

Aloe spp.

Burn Plant, Sea Houseleek, First aid Plant, Lu hui (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Ghrita kumari (Ayurvedic)

Native to

Eastern and Southern Africa

A majority of the Witchlist's Garden include naturalized species that now live across the globe, for history's sake we include it's nativity.

Parts Used

  • Fresh Leaves

  • Dried Leaf Resin

  • Juice/Gel

Medicinal Actions

Note: When considering the Medicinal properties, do not forget that the species, application, and parts used are critical.

  • Analgesic: Pain reliever

  • Antibacterial: Stops or slows the spread of bacteria

  • Anti-inflammatory: Reduces inflammation/swelling

  • Antiviral: Stops or slows the spread of a virus

  • Bitter: Stimulates digestive juices and hunger

  • Cathartic: Purgative

  • Demulcent: Eases inflammation and irritation from mucous glands

  • Emmenagogue: Stimulates menstruations

  • Emollient: Softens or smoothes the skin

  • Laxative: Stimulates bowel-movement aka poop

  • Stomachic: Promotes appetite and aids in digestion

  • Vulnerary: Helps to heal wounds

Divinities & Mythos

  • Ancient Sumerian Deities

  • Ancient Egyptian deities

  • St. Hildegard of Bingen (Benedictine Catholic)

Plant Energies

Over the course of millenia, various religions, physical sciences, diviners and star gazers, etc. have come to assign energies. This is perfectly synopsized by JD Walker in A Witch's Guide to Wildcraft:

Plants can be hot, cold, wet, or dry. They are assigned to or governed by one of seven (or nine [by including the Moon and Sun], depending on your outlook) heavenly bodies. People assigned these characteristics based on where a plant grew, what it looked like, and what effect it had on the humans and animals that came in contact with the plant.

  • Planet(s): Venus, Moon

  • Element(s): Water

  • Gender: Feminine

  • Taste: Bitter

  • Energy: Cooling

Warning: Ingestion

Aloe can be helpful for internal issues, HOWEVER it can cause interactions with medications, lowered potassium due to diarrhetic nature of the latex part of the plant. It can cause blood sugar changes that can be dangerous for diabetic users. And it is LIKELY to reduce the efficacy of steroids. AS WITH ALL ADDITIONS to your health and internal function regimes: ASK YOUR MEDICAL PROVIDER BEFORE ADDING ANY INGESTIONS. Aloe is unlikely to cause skin irritations but should be sampled on a small swath of skin before incorporating regular use. The Witchlist is NOT a medical source and simply compiles historical and reference materials on the uses.

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Magical Properties

  • Attraction (Love)

  • Banishing Loneliness

  • Beauty

  • Blessings of the Home

  • Cleansing

  • Exorcism

  • Healing

  • Luck

  • Protection

  • Rejuvenation (feminine)

  • Relief from Loneliness

  • Settle Restless Ghosts or bring peace to the deceased

  • Truth

Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before adding any Supplements, herbal teas, Infusions, etc.

Part of the reason that we list medical jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have. 

When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking what "actions" an herb might do to interfere with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantageous. Too much of a good thing, eh?