Aloe Vera is a small herb which stays ever green in all the seasons.
It is a type of plant which can tolerate drought conditions.
It has thick and succulent leaves which contain gel like substance and also juice.
It is being used from many years for its amazing health benefits to man.
Aloe Vera gel finds its use especially for skin, face, stomach and other organs.
It’s juice and gel or mild, gentle on the skin and is also non-toxic for internal consumption.
Aloe Vera Health Benefits
1. It has purgative properties, i.e. it can irritate the gut and enhance bowel evacuation. Hence it can be used in treatment of constipation.
2. Aloe in high doses can cause an artificial abortion. So it can be used to induce abortion. As per complementary and alternative medicine for cancer (CAM), it is contra-indicated to consume orally by pregnant women due to fear of abortion.
3. Aloe is good to treat menstruation problems. It can restore normal menstruation if disrupted.
4. Aloctine is one of the constituent in aloe juice. This can remove dead tissue by stimulating the process of phagocytosis. The process of phagocytosis occurs due to macrophages (white blood cells) in the body. They roam freely in the blood and eat up any dead tissue or foreign particle. This aloctine is believed to enhance formation of macrophages and there by phagocytosis.
5. It possesses various antibacterial and anti-fungal chemical entities. These can potentially delay and inhibit the growth of such microorganisms.
6. It is a good natural food preservative as it can prevent microbial growth. One can avoid use of harmful synthetic preservatives. Hence it is used to preserve some fruits like oranges, grapes which quickly get rotten or deteriorated.
7. It is a good nutraceutical and can be used for stomach ailments, to rise immunity, cough and cold, asthma, kidney protection, cleansing of toxins from intestines and skin and also prevent hair loss.
8. Due to high level of moisture content and less/slow drying properties, it is extensively incorporated in cosmetic products to serve as hydrating or moisturizing ingredient in liquid or creams, sun-lotions, shaving creams, lip-guards, face packs, healing ointments, and various protective creams.
9. It is also used as an ingredient in the preparation of phyto-medicines as an adjuvant and used in the treatment of various skin disorders like eczema, cracks on soles, abrasions, frost bite, insect-bites, superficial burns or sunburns, and also for rashes in babies.
10. Further aloe is found to be effective in diabetes as published in Phytother Research. As per cancer research Uk, it is also effective in treatment of cancer.
Uses for face:
Alove gel is protective to face due to its soothing, protectant and cleansing properties. It can avoid skin damage due to harsh sun light, prevent microbial growth and may help reduce acne, due to moisturising properties it can prevent dryness of the skin on face. Skin facial products like aloe vera soap, cleansers, moisturizers have alove vera in their composition to provide the above qualities to facial skin.
Uses for hair:
Hair damage or loss occurs mostly due to uncleanliness and microbial infections. Alove vera has the properties like cleansing and anti-microbial there by can help clean the hair and also reduce dandruff thereby control hair fall. Hence we can notice many hair alove vera shampoos, conditioners containing alove vera as one of the ingredient.
How to make aloe vera juice:
Aloe juice is obtained by spontaneous flow of liquid content from succulent leaves of aloe on incision. The gel is obtained by careful eliminating of upper layers of leaf. But if you are interested in making juice for consumption then refer to How to Make Aloe Vera Juice. It consist of water, amino acids, carbohydrates and to small extent fats all of which are easily digestible by body.