Other Names: Aloe
For protection, healing.
A cactus like plant which grows in arid climes. Aloe is better known for its use in herbal medicine than herbal magick, but nonetheless, the easy growing nature of the plant and its wide variety of uses make it a worthy addition to the cupboard of any shaman, healer or witch.
Aloe has a cactus like appearance and is native to Africa but the plant can be easily grown indoors in a pot in wetter climes. Ninety per cent of the Aloe Vera plant is water making it vulnerable to frost. ”Child” growths in the pot can be divided and re-potted for new plants. If growing indoors, allow the soil to dry out completely before watering again. If you have a mature plant, move it to a wider pot as the roots grow shallow rather than deep.
Because of its water based make-up and ability for healing, Aloe is most commonly associated with the Moon and used in spells for protection, healing or any motherly quality.
Aloe Vera is widely used in herbal medicine and home remedies. The plant can be used to soothe burns and as an antiseptic treatment for wounds. To use, break off a piece from the tip of the plant and split apart. The juice can be rubbed onto the affected area. Aloe is used in some lotions to treat sun-burn. Cosmetic companies also include Aloe in moisturisers, soaps, creams and shampoos. A word of warning on using the juice – the America FDA ruled in 2003 Aloin was a class III ingredient. Untreated Aloe that contains Aloin is now used primarily as a laxative but the Aloe commonly purchased in shops has been processed and the Aloin removed. It can therefore be used as an aid to digestion.
While the juice inside the plant was traditionally used by witches and healers, modern processing uses the whole plant, including the leaves. This is known as ”whole leaf” aloe.