Aloe vera is an amazing plant with wonderful health benefits and medicinal uses but like with any ingredient it is important to get to know the side effects especially if we are planning to use it for long durations of time. We use aloe vera extensively here in our village and I have never seen any one experience side effects but few wildturmeric channel subscribers have mentioned that they are allergic to aloe vera, some of them experienced rashes after topical application.
Aloe vera gel is generally safe for external application and also for oral consumption if we don’t overdose on it. The latex, which is the green slimy part found between inner gel and the outer rind is usually the part that causes side effects. I have shared all the clinically recorded side effects of aloe vera in it’s various forms.
Please remember the side effects given below are exceptions and not every one reacts the same. But it is important that we get to know the side effects as anybody can develop an allergy to it. If you are allergic to aloe vera, I would suggest to stop using it completely.
What Is Aloe Vera?
Aloe vera is stemless perennial succulent with large amounts of water stored in its tissue. The leaf contains three layers, the inner gel which is made up of 99% water and the rest is made up of amino acids, glucomannan, sterols, vitamins and lipids. The middle layer is made up of latex, it is the yellow sap which contains glycosides and anthraquinones. Finally the outer layer is the green rind with thorns.
Aloe Vera Dosage:
Usually a tbsp (15 ml) to 50 ml is recommended for various problems, I would suggest starting with the lowest dosage and see how your body reacts to it and then increase it over time. If you are taking any medications, please consult your physician before consuming it daily.
4 Top Side Effects Of Aloe Vera:
1. Drug Interactions
A 35 year old woman experienced massive bleeding after an operation after oral consumption of aloe vera tablets for about two weeks for leg pain before she underwent the surgery. During surgery she was given an anesthetic called sevuflurane which has antiplatelet properties and since aloe vera also has antiplatelet properties, it lead to severe bleeding. If you are taking medications that has antiplatelet properties, please remember that aloe vera will have drug interactions with it.
2. General Aloe Vera Allergy
Some people can be allergic to aloevera. In general, people who are allergic to Lily family like onion and tulips will usually be allergic to aloe vera too. If you are allergic to aloe vera, it can cause skin irritation, hives, cramping and diarrhoea. Oral consumption of aloe vera can cause acute hepatitis in people are allergic to it.
A 73 year old female was admitted to the hospital with acute hepatitis. The doctors were puzzled as to the cause of the the hepatitis and asked repeatedly whether she was taking any medications but since aloe vera was a natural remedy she forgot to mention about it but finally the patient admitted that she was taking aloe vera tablets for treating constipation and once she stopped the aloe vera tablets, her condition improved drastically. Eight cases have been reported so far with hepatotoxicity after consuming aloe vera preparations.
3. Aloe Vera Latex Allergy
Generally for oral use, only aloe vera gel is used but certain products, like for example constipation tablets contains the whole aloe vera leaf extract along with the latex. Anthraquinone present in aloe vera latex can cause side effects which includes diarrhoea, abdominal pain, vomiting and dilated colon. Long term use can even cause colon cancer.
A 52 year old male patient from Pakistan started taking juice from 4 to 5 leaves of aloe vera. He experienced rashes on his legs and ankle pain after 24 hours. Over the next few days, he started getting abdominal pain leading to kidney dysfunction.
A 74 year old female developed deep black pigmentation of the whole colon after using laxatives that contains anthraquinone for a very long time. She also developed precancerous leisons.
An 18 year old girl who was given laxatives from fourteen months to 5 years developed small bowel cancer. It is always best to avoid laxatives that contain aloe vera latex and pregnant women should avoid products containing aloe vera latex completely because it can stimulate uterine contractions leading to premature labour or miscarriage. Breastfeeding mothers also should not consume aloe vera latex containing products as it can cause diarrhoea in the infants.
4. Aloe Vera Gel Allergy
Aloe vera gel has been used for the treatment of various diseases. It is consumed both orally and applied topically for various skin problems and digestive problems including stomach ulcer. Usually aloe vera gel does not cause any problems compared to the latex but like with any ingredient there are exceptions. A 47 year male developed skin rashes after using oral and tropical aloe vera gel.
A 72 year old woman developed rashes all over the legs after she applied homemade aloe vera leaf juice. Another important thing to note is applying aloe vera juice resulted in slow recovery from inflammation caused due to dermabrasion and chemical peel in four patients who are allergic to aloe vera gel. However the amount of side effects and carcinogenicity of using aloe vera gel when compared to aloe vera latex is very very less.
Hi Ram…This is really good one for white discharge…. beacause i had the problem past 3years back…and i took medicines but no use….one of my relative told to me and i tried……..my problem get solved with in three days……this is really natural medicine ram….
for how long it should be taken???
Hi,It should be taken for 3 days in the morning, in an empty stomach. Even if you continue having it for few more days, it won't do any harm.
what is the quantity to intake.
Hi, If it's a small leaf, use 1 whole leaf, else use half of it. Scoop out the flesh and grind it along with cumin, as mentioned in the post. Take this daily in the morning for 3 days.
Hello Ramya, I had been suffering from this problem for about 4 years now. I also started having other health issues due to this. A few months ago, I tried out your remedy and it has really worked wonderfully. In January, I took this for 3 days and saw a huge improvement. Now whenever, I feel that it is increasing, I just take the mixture again for 3 days for good relief again. Thank you so much, God bless!
Can i take it everyday?
Yes, this juice can be taken everyday………….
Hi ramya, thank you very much for this remedy. Please let me know if I could use the brimune aloe vera juice available in the market instead of the leaf as I don't get the leaf easily.
Hi, I have never tried any of the juice from the markets, but if it is pure Aloe Vera gel without any chemicals and preservatives, I think it will work fine….
Is it okay to soak jeera powder in aloe overnight? Will it be okay to take it 2-3 hours after breakfast and not the first thing in the morning? Can it be had like it is, I mean chewed and eaten without using the mixer to mash it all up?
If you are using jeera powder, soaking it for an hour is enough, but I would prefer fresh jeera seeds. This remedy will be effective if you have it in the empty stomach. You can have the flesh as it is too, but it will be so very hard to have the slimy flesh and jeera seeds as it is… (at least for me :))
Thank you for your prompt reply.
Hi, I suffer really badly, I have done for over 20 years, tried so many things but nothing worked for me. I am on my 3rd day of trying this and I can't believe the difference it has made already, it's amazing!!! I used 100% pure aloe vera drinking gel it's got no preservatives etc. Happy to send details of the gel I used if anyone else is interested, let me know 🙂 and thank you sooooooooo much to you and your late aunt…I'll definetly be sharing this remedy 🙂
Hi PV, I am so very glad that this remedy is helping you. Nothing makes me more happy than knowing that these remedies are helping someone…
After my delivery white discharges have increased a lot.I'm feeding my baby can I drink this juice because I'm scared whether my baby would get affected by cold.
It is best to avoid drinking Aloe Vera juice while breast feeding as it is said to cause diarrhea and vomiting in the baby.
You don't have to mix it with water, drink it as it is. It is not very thick, you can easily drink it…
Can I prep this the night before? And have in the morning?And can I still have it later if I forgot to take in morning after breakfast?
We usually soak Aloe Vera for a maximum of 4 to 5 hours but I think overnight should be fine. It is best to be had only in empty stomach..
Hi Ramya..My wife having the problem last 2years.. now i told you your advice.. hope i think solve this time.. one more question she always told me stomach pain.. so how to solve this pain..? Please reply.. Thank youIbrahim
Dear Ms Ramya..Your advice is very usefully..Now my wife follow your advice.. thank you very much.. i think hope she fine.. just follow the medicine few days.. one more question.. she always truble stomach pain.. any solution..?
If the stomach pain is due to indigestion, ask her to consume omum water (recipe in the blog), it really works well. But if the stomach pain persists, I would suggest consulting a physician….
Hai….if we take this it will create any side effect to the body?
Hi, this Aloe Vera juice will not cause any side effects…
Hi,if cutting aloevera and taking flesh in it not possible,which fresh gel from market do you recommend?
For internal consumption, I would suggest using only the fresh gel as most of the Aloe Vera gel we get in the markets are loaded with preservatives…
Hi, when soak the aloevera flesh and jeera seed, need to add water? Hope to get reply please. thank you
No you need not add water while soaking the jeera seeds in Aloe Vera gel. When you grind it will get runny….
Hi Ramya,i have PCOD problem, do we have any redemy for this.
I will post the remedies very soon..
Hi, happy to see ur post. Im having d same problem. Can we use the same paste on next day r we have to prepare it every day as fresh. .
Hope u rply soon bcz im fear about this problem
Usually we make it everyday fresh and I would suggest the same to you for best results…
Hope u rply soon bcz im fear about this problem
Hi I'm Revathy, I planned to try that alovera with cumin seed, n I have white discharge in 3 months… N it's damn itchiness… N it's make my self down n tired too… Very irrational. Once I try it sure will share my experiences… Thanks Ramya…
How does this actually work? What is the aloe Vera and jeera doing?
Both Aloe Vera and jeera treats the infection that causes white discharge very effectively and both are wonderful body coolants too…..
Hey, i'm suffering frm the same problem 'nd wud like to know if the juice should be taken half a cup kr full? Does it cures the lifelessness of the face caused by white discharge in just 3 days?
Wud like to know if the aloe vera juice should be taken half a cup or full?
Usually around 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the juice will work well and once the problem gets cured, the face will brighten as well….:)
Hello mam meri shadi ko 14 years ho gaya meri wife ko white discharge ka problem hai shuru se kabhi band ho jata hai to kabhi chalu kabhi din me 6/7 time bhi ho jata hai kabhi pet Dard Karta hai to kabhi Kamar Dard Karta hai to kabhi. Sar Dard Karta kabhi chest me to kabhi haath pair me jakdan HOTA hai Maine local doctor se ilaj Karaya lekin koi fayda nahi hua please hame Koi solution bataiye I will wait for your reply as soon as possible thank you
Kya aloe vera ka juice de sakte HAIN wif ko?
Hello I tried using it but the problem still continues with addition to it blood also start to stain with it. Is it normal or I need to consult a doc??
hello madamdo u have any recipe related to breast growth?i have white discharge problem too for that i am using your aloe vera recipe. please suggest me any recipe related to breast growth. thank you, waiting for your reply.
Hi Ramya..my teenage daughter has white discharge problem and also at times vaginal smell…Can u suggest a good remedy. Or will d same aloe Vera gel treatment work.