Aloe Vera is a succulent plant like the cactus or Agave. It’s native to the Arabian peninsula. It grows in hot, dry climates all over the world.
Many scientific reports and the experience of millions of people prove that Aloe Vera is the plant that is “good for everything.”
For healing, the preservation, and restoration of health, for beauty care, for food, and household purposes. Industries and people use the gel of the plant for many conditions.
Aloe Vera Medical Uses
Aloe Vera contains 98.5% water and many numbers of nutrients. They are the ones we need to get from our diet to ensure the proper functioning of our body: vitamins, enzymes, minerals, proteins, hormones, essential amino acids, complex sugars. Of course, the cultivation conditions and the processing methods have to be taken into account, since they may represent different amounts of ingredients among the plants.
The anti-inflammatory and immune-stimulating effects have mostly confirmed by tests, as well as the accelerated healing of frostbite, burn, and wound.
The cosmetic industry extensively uses it in many products. It is an anti-inflammatory ingredient in beauty and personal care products.
Aloe Vera for medical ailments and prevention
Although there isn’t enough evidence on the efficacy of Aloe Vera for many of the conditions that people are using it for, however, in practical use, people, (including me) find it useful for treating inflammation.
People widely use the gel for minor skin conditions. When the gel applied to the skin, it’s effective for speeding up the healing of minor burns, abrasions, and scratches. Furthermore, it’s indeed valuable for soothing itchiness, redness, and swellings caused by insect bites. It does work for insect bites!
Aloe Vera possibly improves a large variety of skin conditions such as psoriasis, ulcers, acne, dandruff, cold sores, frostbite, and herpes.
Unknown to many, it can reduce gingivitis and remove dental plaque as well. Practically, it is used in toothpaste by major manufacturers.
Aloe Vera to drink
It is most probably safe when ingested in the form of a dietary gel or juice. The gel is safe to swallow if the aloin content of the product is less than 0.1 mg/kg (1 ppm). It doesn’t taste good and nor has a pleasing appearance, but people got used to it.
It helps to remove accumulated chemicals and toxins from the intestine and carries away with the waste. It is cleaning the bowel, and therefore, vitamins and trace elements absorbed optimally.
- Research suggests that taking aloe gel twice a day reduces body fat in overweight or obese people.
- Possibly reduces blood sugar and improve cholesterol levels.
- More recent studies show Aloe Vera may help prolong the survival time of cancer patients.
- Aloe latex taken orally is a potent laxative. It is unsafe, possibly toxic if taken continuously and therefore, not in use anymore.
Contraindication: Don’t use in case of allergy to plants in the family of Liliaceae.