Aloe Vera is known as Ghrita Kumari

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In Sanskrit, Aloe is known as Ghrita Kumari, Kumar means girl and it was believed that this plant
supplied the energy of youth to women and had a rejuvenating effect on the female nature. In the Hindu culture, the Aloe Vera plant retains an important place among the sacred plants of the Atharva Veda, where it is named – “the silent healer”. Ayurveda (the ancient Indian science of health and life considered aloe to be ‘Vera rasayana’ – the rejuvenator of the organism. According to Ayurveda Aloe Vera contains four flavors – sweet, sour, bitter and astringent (Svetlana Pasaric). In the Indian ayurvedic medicine, also is applied in numerous applications such rejuvenating remedies, for menorrhoea problems and to stabilise the cardiovascular system. Aloe is regarded as the plant of balance between pitta, Kapha and Vata – the Aloe is one of very few plants that hold these qualities.

Vera originated in the Arabian peninsula. The Arabian peninsula where Aloe very evolved is close to
historically important early trade routes between Asia and the Mediterranean. Historical sources suggest Aloe Vera trade routes were well established in the Red Sea and Mediterranean region as far back as the 4th Century B.C. Thus Aloe Vera plant has been known and used for centuries for its health, beauty, medicinal and Skin care properties.

The earliest record of Aloe Vera use comes from the Egyptians. There are records of the Egyptians
drawing pictures of Aloe Vera plants on the walls of the temples. Many cultures such as the Egyptians would have even elevated the plant to a ‘god – like’ status. The healing properties of the Aloe Vera were utilized for centuries earning the name “Plant of Immortality”. (Gertrude Baldwin).

Aloe Vera had traveled to Persia and India by 600 B.C. by Arab traders. The Arabs called Aloe the
“Desert Lily” for its internal and external uses. They discovered a way to separate the inner gel and the sap from the outer rind. With their bare feet they crushed the leaves then they put the pulp into the goatskin bags. The bags were then set in the sun to dry and the Aloe would become a powder (Gertrude Baldwin).

Red & White Aloe Vera

How to Use Aloe Vera During Radiation Treatment

Simple steps on caring for, growing and preparing your aloe plant.


  • Try aloe vera to reduce redness, rashes, and other radiation-induced skin irritation.
  • Learn how to properly care for, propagate, and harvest aloe vera.
  • Follow our simple 3 step process to prepare the soothing aloe vera gel.


The aloe vera plant (or aloe, as commonly referred to in our islands) has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties.

Aloe contains amino acids, fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins A, B12, C, E, and choline—all packed into this low maintenance plant.

It is a wonderful addition to any garden or windowsill. With the right amount of sunlight and water, aloe can work its healing magic!


The gelatinous substance taken from the aloe stems can be used to soothe and calm various skin-related issues such as burns, swelling, itchiness, and redness. For cancer patients, aloe vera can be used to treat skin redness, rashes, and itchiness caused by radiation therapy. Aloe has been used safely for centuries. However, we advise talking with your healthcare provider before trying something new.*


Aloe is a very easy plant to care for, propagate, and harvest. Aloe thrives in bright, direct sunlight and soil with plenty of drainage. It needs water, but it is a slow-growing succulent. Too much water will cause it to rot. The amount of sunlight your aloe plant gets will determine the amount of water it should receive. For example, an indoor aloe plant should get substantially less water than an outdoor aloe plant due to the difference in sun exposure and heat.

Aloe does not need to be fertilized. To propagate your aloe, notice that as your aloe grows it will send up new shoots or offsets from the mother root, gently cut the new shoot from the mother root to separate it. Allow the shoot to sit out of the soil for several days; this allows it to form a callous over the cut. Then, place the shoot in a pot and gradually begin to water the plant again.


Find a plump stem on your plant and use a knife to make a clean cut close to the base. The “wound” on the plant will heal over and the plant will produce another stem over time. Harvest your aloe on an as-needed basis, but be sure to leave some stems on the plant!

Harvesting the aloe


Step 1: Take your harvested stems and place them in a bowl with the cut side down to drain the aloin (a yellow-brown liquid that drips out of the skin) for 30 minutes.

Step 1: Drain liquid

Step 2: After the aloin drains, rinse your stems and lay them out.

Step 3: Use a sharp or serrated knife to slice lengthwise––this will expose the gel and allow you to scoop it out. We recommend using a spoon for the best results. If you have any aloin residue on the gel, you can scrape it off and rinse the gel.

Step 3: Slice and scoop out gel


Now your hard work has paid off! Use your aloe vera by either mashing it up or using a food processor to create a spreadable and soothing gel. Apply anywhere that needs some TLC. The aloe gel will absorb when used sparingly but don’t be afraid to add more. Store your aloe for up to 2 weeks in the fridge in an air-tight container (air exposure can cause bacteria growth).

Saving the Aloe for later use

Note: Many sources will speak to the benefit of ingesting aloe. For cancer patients, we strongly advise not ingesting aloe. Please consult a medical/medicinal professional if you would like to utilize it for such a purpose.

*Disclaimer: This blog post is intended for general information purposes only. This information is not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of any health conditions. Any questions regarding your own health should always be addressed with your healthcare provider. Use all information at your own risk.

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