Aloe Vera Purple Inside

by Sarah
(Melbourne, Australia)

Hi

I have been using Aloe Vera on my skin for years, but this was always from a plant my mum had, which had a clear gel (sometimes yellow/light brown colour in it) which I know is normal.

But when I bought a plant myself, I cut it open and it had clear gel, but also a purple 'liquid', kind of like a purple juice on the leaf walls, not in the gel. Is this normal? and is this plant still ok to use for skin care, sunburn etc..?

kind regards
sarah


Hi Sarah,
Wow, I've never seen purple in that stuff called ambertose - which, as you say, is in the walls of the leaves. My first guess is that it is from a slightly different plant in the aloes family or species.

Let's hope that someone who has experience with this will comment here and let us know for sure.

Personally, I'd take a positive view and just treat it as something unique - like flowers of a new shade of colour.

Blessings & Thanks,
Ruth

P.S. Are you able to comment and attach a photo of a cut leaf?

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Nov 16, 2017
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Purple aloevera NEW
by: Ranjan

I bought aloe vera leaf. After one month it was purple. Can I eat or not?

Oct 07, 2017
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by: Anonymous

that particular specie of aloe vera is what I'm looking for. I remember having that plant when I had major third degree grease burns on my arm. I immediately put the gel on the burn for about a week. To this say there is no detection of discoloration anywhere on y my arm So I have to give thanks to that particular strain of aloe vera.


Oct 03, 2017
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Purple Aloe?? NEW
by: AdoreeDeAsiaa

Why is the inside of my aloe plant purple?

Jun 21, 2017
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Dead Aloe Vera Plant? NEW
by: Anonymous

Well, I guess I should have read these comments before I took the scissors and chopped all but three peddles of my aloe Vera plant. I had it indoors and it didn't seem like it was doing so good. So being that the weather here is hot in NM, I thought it might do better outdoors. (Not A Good Idea) I kept watching for any changes. First day all the peddles drooped, today was the second day and it looked like it went into shock. It was purple. I thought I killed my poor Aloe! So, just brought it in took all the gel off and put it in a container and refrigerated it. It looks very bad. Very bad. I hope it lives 😶

Jun 21, 2017
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Dead Aloe Vera Plant? NEW
by: Anonymous

Well, I guess I should have read these comments before I took the scissors and chopped all but three peddles of my aloe Vera plant. I had it I doors and it didn't seem like it was doing so good. So being that the weather here is hot in NM, I thought it might do better outdoors. (Not A Good Idea) I kept watching for any changes. First day all the peddles drooped, today was the second day and it looked like it went into shock. It was purple. I thought I killed my poor Aloe! Do just brought it in took all the gel off and put it in a container and refrigerated it. It looks very . Very bad. I hope it lives 😶

May 04, 2017
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Please help! NEW
by: Anonymous

Hello. I recently had a small pimple and picked at it (bad I know) my good friend told me to cut a piece of my aloe plant and use the gel to help it heal. While it did feel good and make the skin heal nicely, the affected area is now a dark purple :( I've seen other people online have this problem, do you know if it will go away? Thanks

May 03, 2017
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Juicing with brown juice of aloes NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi, I would like to know if I can use the brown juice in my smoothie

Apr 13, 2017
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purple aloe NEW
by: mindi

I have huge aloe vera plant that has been repotted several times and is only getting bigger. When I lop off 1/2 the fronds/leaves to repot, there is dark purple liquid every where......makes a huge mess. Every baby from this plant also turns out huge when several months old. I have used it for burns, pets, and have eaten some. It is in sunny window indoors in central Texas. Hope this helps someone.

Mar 29, 2017
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Aloe vera turned my skin purple NEW
by: babytoes

I burned my hand last night, and cut off some of the aloe plant I was given by a friend. I smoothed the gel on the burn, and it did a great job at taking away the pain. This morning, when I woke up, my thumb was purple! My husband was all ready to rush me to the ER until I explained it was the aloe. The purple washed off in the shower, but it was quite a surprise. I dis take some pictures, but don't know how to attach them to the message

Feb 22, 2017
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Purple in Aloe plant NEW
by: Debbie

I have the purple on the leaves of a BIG Aloe plant. IT come on the plant when one of the leaves broke. Now that the other leaves have grown about 1 inch longer in size they have the dry purple stuff on it. I can wipe it off. It is not hurting the plant but it just looks weird. I have never seen it before. The other leaves of full of the clear liquid jell. The plant is thriving and growing like a weed. I have wiped it off the leaves and it is a red/purple look in the paper towel.

Jan 27, 2017
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Aloe NEW
by: Anonymous

My aloe is also purple inside. I don't know how.

Jul 25, 2016
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Aloe Vera leaf is brown not clear on the inside NEW
by: Anonymous

When I cut open my aloe vera leaf it was not clear but it was brown there was only about 3 inches of clear gel the rest was brown is the brown gel still safe to eat I plan on making fruit smoothies with the gel but I am unsure if I can use the brown gel?

Jul 08, 2016
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my experience NEW
by: Franchesca

well my grandma have this plant in her back yard and i picked 3 yesterday and remove it from the skin adding the gel into a bowl and use a spoon to break it up to smaller pieces and i cover it down and kept it in my room. The next day i open it to use it which is today it was purple there are some parts that are still chear but i have never seen it done this before so im not sure whether its a good sign or not but im still going to use it because Aloe vera isnt harmful so it being a different colour shouldnt either

Jan 31, 2015
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Aloe gel turned my skin purple
by: Anonymous

Hi! I have had hyperpimentation on my face for months and now recently some acne which I popped and I applied aloe from my plant and it turned my skin dark purple which looks worse than it did before, I am just wondering why and if it will go away!!

Jun 03, 2013
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Aloe Vera with Purple inside Heals too!
by: Ruth

Hi Sarah,
(sorry, I haven't been back in a while to check)
I'm glad of your report, and thrilled to know that even purple-gel aloe is healing.

I discovered that myself when I got second-degree burns on my hand at Easter, but my aloe vera healed it up perfectly.

[Story and photos on this page; http://www.aloe-vera-and-handy-herbs.com/aloe-vera-the-burn-plant.html - or click on the Burn Plant on the left menu].

We don't want to get burned again if we can help it, eh, Sarah? But great to know we have a good remedy at hand!

Blessings,
Ruth

Nov 22, 2012
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purple
by: Sarah

Hi Ruth

I did try and take a photo, but camera not very good, really can not see colour.

Just wanted to add a bit of an update:
I did use the 'juice' on my skin for a burn on my upper lip from waxing (I used strip instead of hot wax and it really pulled my skin off, it was a quite a big patch too). I was worried that it would scar, was also worried that the purple stuff might change properties of aloe vera gel, but it definitely did not. After smothering area with the gel from these plants, throughout the day for 2 days, skin healed, can not tell there was any burn there at all now: )

regards
sarah

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