Aloe vera plant: Aloe vera grows extensively in Africa and other arid / hot regions. It is a watery plant with a short stem and a length of 1 meter. It is used both for medicinal purposes and as an ornamental plant. The reddish brown colored substance extracted from the thick leaves of this plant is used in medicine, cosmetics and dyeing. Benefits of Aleo give itself especially when used on the skin. According to some research results, aloe vera extracts may be useful in the treatment of wound and burn healing, diabetes and high blood lipids in humans.
Parts of the plant used: The most important part of the aloe vera plant is the liquid in the leaves, called the aloe vera gel. Other parts of the plant can be used in cosmetics and paint industry.
Contents: The number of active compounds contained in the plant is over 200. The main compounds are: Water, amino acids, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin B. In addition, minerals such as selenium, iron, manganese, magnesium, calcium, zinc, copper, phosphorus, potassium.
Uses of Aloe Vera
Topical Uses: Burn healing, Wound healing, Sunburn, Radiation-induced skin reactions, Genital herpes, Psoriasis
Oral Uses: Ulcers, Diabetes, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Immune Support, Constipation
- Traditionally, aloe was used topically to heal wounds and for various skin conditions, and orally as a laxative.
- Today, in addition to traditional uses, people take aloe orally to treat a variety of conditions, including diabetes, asthma, epilepsy, and osteoarthritis. People use aloe topically for osteoarthritis, burns, and sunburns.
- Aloe vera gel can be found in hundreds of skin products, including lotions and sunblocks.
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved aloe vera as a natural food flavoring.
Scientific evidence for the cosmetic and therapeutic effectiveness of Aloe vera is limited and when present is typically contradictory. Despite this, the cosmetic and alternative medicine industries regularly make claims regarding the soothing, moisturising and healing properties of Aloe vera, especially via Internet advertising. Aloe vera gel is used as an ingredient in commercially available lotion, yogurt, beverages and some desserts. Aloe vera juice is used for consumption and relief of digestive issues such as heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome. It is common practice for cosmetic companies to add sap or other derivatives from Aloe vera to products such as makeup, tissues, moisturizers, soaps, sunscreens, incense, razors and shampoos. Other uses for extracts of Aloe vera include the dilution of semen for the artificial fertilization of sheep, use as fresh food preservative, and use in water conservation in small farms.
Aloe vera is alleged to be effective in treatment of wounds. Topical application of Aloe vera may be effective for genital herpes and psoriasis. Aloe vera extracts have antibacterial and antifungal activities. Aloe vera extracts have been shown to inhibit the growth of fungi that cause tinea.
- Aloe leaves contain a clear gel that is often used as a topical ointment.
- The green part of the leaf that surrounds the gel can be used to produce a juice or a dried substance (called latex) that is taken by mouth.
Aloe vera side effects: Overall, there are not really any significant side effects to aloe vera, especially if it is used on the skin. Be sure that the aloe vera gel that you are applying is clean (you don’t want to put dirt in a wound or on a burn).
If you are drinking the gel, it can cause cramping and diarrhea. There is also some evidence that aloe vera juice and powder can lower blood sugar, a big concern for diabetics using aloe vera.