This plant is not only a favorite of mine but we always had one growing in a pot or two around my own home and that of my grandmother’s. I grew up with a lot of folk medicine which is probably why I’m so enamored of natural health for animals and their humans!
This plant is so soothing externally for burns, cuts, scrapes and internally as well – be careful using it internally with your pets as it has strong purgative qualities which translated means it can cause diarrhea and even vomiting. It has so many wonderful qualities and it has that desert exotic look as well that always attracts me. Externally it can be very beneficial. I use the Aloe Vera Gel from Mountain Rose Herbs in my own home created lotions and ear cleaning solution.
Here is a remedy that my colleague, Dr. Jeannie Thomason, uses for anal sac problems in dogs:
I make a poultice of about 1/2 clay and 1/2 activated charcoal using filtered or spring water and pure Aloe Vera Gel. I then hold it over the rectum and glands or the impacted gland in question for about 15 minutes. I do this several times a day until the glands shrink back to normal or open up to drain. I also UP the bone content of the dog’s diet.
Article from Natural News:
Can aloe vera prevent and cure cancer?
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