There are more than 300 species of the aloe plant, but Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) is the best known and is prized in the health and beauty worlds for its healing properties. They grow naturally in dry, tropical climates in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the southern and western parts of the United States. The gel and juice found inside aloe vera became a popular herbal remedy that was used to help treat everything from skin issues to digestive problems. Aloe vera was officially listed as a purgative and skin protectant by the U.S. pharmacopoeia in 1820 and was clinically used in the 1930s to treat burns and mucous membranes. Today there are many companies who create different products from aloe vera, such as makeup, soaps, sunscreens, incense, shaving cream, shampoos, tissues and moisturizers. Commercially, aloe vera is used as an ingredient in yogurts, beverages and desserts. Extracts of aloe vera are used as a fresh food preservative. There are two medicinally useful parts of the aloe vera plant. The leaves are filled with a clear gel. This gel is extracted from the plant and usually used on the skin to treat burns and various skin conditions. The gel can also be found in liquid or capsule form and taken orally The aloe latex, is the yellow pulp that’s found just under the outer part of the plant leaf. Aloe latex has been shown to have laxative properties, and it’s usually taken orally to treat constipation.
You Can Use Aloe Vera as:
To maintain the quality and freshness of tomatoes, also prevent certain bacteria
To reduce plaque inside the mouth by mouth washing it with aloe vera
As a pain reliever Salicylic acid found in aloe vera may act as a painkiller
Beauty Benefits of Aloe Vera:
Aloe vera is used for keeping skin hydrated and clear. It’s rich in antioxidants such as and vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E, and it contains seven of the eight essential amino acids. It’s also known for its anti-inflammatory properties, though some critics say more research is needed before we can say that for sure. Aloe vera topical gel helped treat acne lesions when combined with a tretinoin cream. Aloe has anti-aging potential: The researchers gave 30 women doses of aloe vera gel twice a day for three months. There were significant improvements in their wrinkles and the elasticity of their skin thanks to an increase in collagen production.
Side Effects of Aloe Vera:
Aloe latex can be dangerous, taking it orally can lead to cramps and diarrhea. It could make other oral medications you’re taking less effective. Taking just 1 gram of aloe latex orally per day for several days could end up causing kidney damage and may even be fatal. It also can lower blood glucose levels, so people with type 2 diabetes need to be careful and talk to their doctor before incorporating aloe latex into their care regimen.
Aloe vera contains antioxidant vitamins A, C and E plus vitamin B12, folic acid and choline. It contains eight enzymes, including aliases, alkaline phosphatase, amylase, bradykinase, carboxypeptidase, catalase, cellulase, and peroxidase. Minerals such as calcium, copper, selenium, chromium, manganese, magnesium, potassium, sodium and zinc are present in aloe vera. It provides 12 anthraquinones — or compounds known as laxatives. Among these are aloin and emodin, which act as analgesics, antibacterials and antivirals.
Four fatty acids are present, including cholesterol, campesterol, beta-sisosterol and lupeol The hormones called auxins and gibberellins are present; they help with healing wounds and have anti-inflammatory properties. Aloe vera provides sugars, such as monosaccharides and polysaccharides.
Soothes Rashes and Skin Irritations
Treatment of psoriasis, dermatitis, oral mucositis, surgical wounds and as a home remedy for burn injuries. Aloe vera extract was reported to provide rapid relief from the itching and burning associated with severe radiation dermatitis and skin regeneration. Aloe vera gel has a protective effect against radiation damage to the skin.
Hals Cold Sores
Aloe vera has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties that accelerate healing and reduce pain associated with cold. The amino acids and vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6 and vitamin C are also extremely helpful. One of the vitamin B6 benefits, for example, is it acts as a natural pain treatment and creates antibodies that our immune system uses to protect us.
Moisturizes Hair and Scalp
It has nourishing properties, and the tons of vitamins and minerals that are present keep your hair strong and healthy, it also helps with dandruff, and the gel’s enzymes can rid the scalp of dead cells and promote the regeneration of skin tissue around the hair follicles.
The use of aloe latex as a laxative is well-researched; the anthraquinones present in the latex create a potent laxative that increases intestinal water content, stimulates mucus secretion and increases intestinal peristalsis.
Helps with Digestion
Because of its anti-inflammatory and laxative components, another aloe vera benefit is its ability to help with digestion. Aloe vera juice helps digestion, normalizes acid/alkaline and pH balance, lessens yeast formation, encourages digestive bacteria and regularizes bowel processing.
Boosts the Immune System
The enzymes present in aloe vera break down the proteins that we eat into amino acids and turn the enzymes into fuel for every cell in the body, which enables the cells to function properly. It kills bacteria and protects the function of our cell membranes.
Provides Antioxidants and Reduces Inflammation
Provides an amazing number of vitamins and minerals that help reduce inflammation and fight free radical damage. Vitamin A, for instance, plays a critical role in maintaining healthy vision, neurological function, and healthy skin because it’s an antioxidant that reduces inflammation. It also has Vitamin C, vitamin E.
Some evidence in humans and animals suggests that aloe vera is able to alleviate the chronic hyperglycemia and perturbed lipid profile that are common among people with diabetes and are major risk factors for cardiovascular complications.