Aloe Vera

Benefits of using Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is an oriental type of plant that can be grown in both garden and indoor environments. Some species of aloe are more prized than others due to their aesthetic or medicinal properties.

Aloe Vera gives the best healing therapy

The role of aloe Vera as a medicine goes back many years, and today it is perhaps best known as a soothing ointment used to quell the pain of sunburn or some other rash or itch.

It can also be taken orally as a laxative.

Many studies have confirmed that aloe has a positive healing effect when applied to damaged skin, and its uses today in both traditional and alternative (particularly homeopathic) environments are many and varied.

  • Can be used in foods also

Aloe Vera is also sometimes added as an ingredient in health foods and drinks advertised to have positive health benefits, and is especially popular as a variety of tea in the far east.

Aloe Vera possesses both antibiotic and antiseptic properties, which make it ideal for use as a treatment for skin ailments and irritations, rashes, burns, cuts, scrapes and bruises.

Poison Ivy infections are commonly treated using aloe, as is eczema, and it is employed cosmetically as an effective hair styling product.

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Composition

The chemical composition of Aloe Vera is quite interesting.

It contains a number of components that are known as purgatives, which means that they are effective for cleansing the body of unwanted substances or infections, and reducing the chance of new or worsening infections where one has been present.

Particular kinds of aloe that possess these properties include aloe vera, aloe socotrina, and aloe perryi, as well as many others. Commercial names for such cleaning forms of aloe include Cape aloe, Indian aloe, hepatic aloe, socotrine aloe and barbadoes aloe.

What are its potential uses?

When talked about in this medicinal or cosmetic sense, aloe typically refers to the juice extracted from the leaves of the aloe plant.

Cutting the leaves of an aloe plant allows the useful juices to run out freely and be collected, then the remaining greens are often boiled down and processed to form less potent forms of aloe for low-grade medical or cosmetic purposes.

It is worth noting that one particular strain of the aloe plant, aloe venenosa, is poisonous to humans and several other animals, and should be avoided.

Other effective uses of Aloe Vera

Studies have been carried out to investigate the possible effectiveness of aloe as an oral medication, and some of these indicated that mice given regular doses of aloe showed improved regenerative qualities, particularly with regard to healing wounds.

A separate study found that aloe may be able to reduce the risk of heart disease patients suffering complications, and yet another shows a possible role for aloe in the maintenance of a steady blood sugar level in diabetes sufferers.

The role of aloe in many branches of medicine is still undergoing study and development, and the full potential of this special plant extract will likely not be realized for some time to come.

Currently, aloe is marketed variously for the treatment of skin wounds and irritation, coughs, ulcers, diabetes, headaches, immune system problems, arthritis and even cancer.

Many of these treatments are used commonly as part of an alternative or homeopathic treatment course.

Aloe can also be used as a potent laxative when properly prepared.

Studies into potential side-effects of aloe usage have so far indicated that it possesses no substantiated carcinogenic risk to humans.

The most popular type of aloe, and the one that you have probably already heard of, is aloe vera.

Aloe vera is a species of aloe which grows natively in North Africa, and has been known for hundreds if not thousands of years to possess healing qualities.

It is moderately simple to grow and cultivate in non-extreme climates, and may be treated somewhat like a cacti for the purposes of care.

Well-known applications

Aloe vera is used to treat household cuts and burns, as well as eczema, and has strong pain suppressant and anti-inflammatory qualities.

Wounds treated with aloe in addition to the usual bandaging of the wound show much improved healing time and increased comfort levels of the patient.

Recent applications of aloe have branched out into food manufacturing, where it is being used as an effective preservative, maintaining the freshness and health benefits of fresh fruit and vegetables for over five times as long as usual, due in part to its powerful antifungal and antibiotic qualities.

Useful for animals also

Furthermore, animal doctors have begun to use an injectable form of aloe as a treatment for certain kinds of cancer in dogs and cats.

This treatment is both safe and effective, though it has not as yet been approved for treatment of human beings.

Aloe vera gel is used cosmetically in all sorts of forms, from additives in make-up to moisturisers, sunscreens, soaps, shampoo and various lotions, as well as hair styling gels and creams.

Pros

Some ulcerative colitis patients may experience positive benefits as a result of taking aloe juice regularly and in small amounts.

Aloe beverages are available at health food stores and on the internet, and various other aloe-containing foodstuffs are now appearing, including yoghurts.

Many ancient civilizations swear by aloe vera not only as a treatment for external ailments, but also as an aid to digestion, and aloe vera curry is a popular dish in some parts of India.