aloe vera

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Aloe vera in flower

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˌləʊ.i ˈvɛ.ɹə/, /əˌləʊ.i ˈvɪə.ɹə/, /ˌæ.ləʊ ˈvɛ.ɹə/, /ˌæ.ləʊ ˈvɪə.ɹə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæ.loʊ ˈvɛ.ɹə/, /ˌæ.loʊ ˈvɪ.ɹə/


aloe vera (countable and uncountable, plural aloe veras)

  1. A plant of the species Aloe vera, grown as an ornamental, thought to have medicinal value; an extract, often a gel, made from the plant.
    • 2001, White Eagle, chapter 2, in The Medicine Way[1], page 71:
      Some other trees like the cactus and aloe veras, have other means of protection or feel no need for it and they grow much faster and easier that way.
    • 2003, Patricia Bragg, Paul C Bragg, Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle Health System, page 22,
      Another excellent cleanser and toner is aloe gel or fresh aloe vera cactus pulp. Cut off 1 inch of aloe vera rib, slit open and rub yellowish pulp directly on the skin.
    • 2005, Richard H. Pitcairn, Susan Hubble Pitcairn, Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats, page 139,
      Further, scientists have learned that certain houseplants reduce pollutants, especially philodendrons (formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide), spider plants (carbon monoxide), aloe veras (formaldehyde), and gerbera daisies and chrysanthemums (benzene).
    • 2006, Wolfgang Heinemann, Surviving Brain Cancer: A Personal Memoir[2], page 147:
      Every morning and evening I drink half a tumbler of pure aloe vera jelly, which also strengthens my immune system. I believe that these generous portions of aloe vera above all have led to an improvement in my blood-test results after seven months of chemotherapy—in fact they are better than they were before.
    • 2009, Gwendolyn Zepeda, Houston, We Have a Problema, unnumbered page,
      An orange cat rubbed against it and then threaded through the aloe veras, meowing lazily as Jessica opened the screen door.
    • 2013, Judy Chapman, Ultimate Spa: Asia's Best Spas and Spa Treatments[3], page 196:
      In ayurveda, aloe vera is sometimes called kumari or "princess with the gel" or ghrit kumari ("ghee of the princess"). [] Alternatively, try this recipe created by the staff at Six Senses Spas. It is made with cooling lavender and aloe vera as well as nourishing milk.



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