According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, 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 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.
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 reduce pain and inflammation and stimulate skin growth and repair. Aloe Vera can reportedly east the pain and dryness associated with radiation burns caused by radiation therapy associated with cancer.
The Aloe Vera Project is our free program to match the growing skills of our garden club with the needs of the cancer community. As you are aware, radiation therapy can cause a painful, itchy skin burn.
The Men’s Garden Club of Jacksonville would like to provide Aloe Vera plants to cancer patients at no charge, upon their doctor’s suggestion.