Common Name Standardized: aloe veraOther: aloe, Barbados aloe, Curacao aloe, ghrita kumari, kanyasara Botanical Name Aloe vera (L.) Burm. f.Plant Family: Liliaceae Synonyms Aloe barbadensis Overview IntroductionAlexander the Great is said to have sent his army from Greece to anisland off the coast of Somalia just to obtain its crop of aloe.ConstituentsAloe-emodin, arginine, magnesium, salicylates, serine, vitamin C, and complex polysaccharides including acemannan.Parts UsedThe whole leaf.Typical Preparations"Bitter Aloe" is a dried latex taken from the "peel" of the leaves,more precisely the double wall of the leafs water sacs. When bitter aloeis first extracted from the leaf, it is yellow, but it turns brown asit dries. The type of Aloe Vera sold by Our Sacred Garden is made fromthe entire dehydrated leaf, cut or powdered. Precautions Specific: Orally administered drugs should be taken one hour prior to consumption of aloe vera leaf gel or several hours after consumption, as it may slow the absorption of orally administered drugs.General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications. For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.