Aloe Vera, also known as burn plant or lily of the desert, is a succulent plant that is very rich in medicinal properties. The gel and juice found inside Aloe Vera is well known for its healing benefits. It treats hair loss, wounds, digestive issues and hemorrhoids.
Aloe Vera juices are used in cosmetics and personal-care products such as soap, shaving cream, moisturizer, and suntan lotion. This plant, also known as a “plant of immortality”, specializes in sunburn treatment and grows naturally in southern and western part of America, Europe, Asia, and in dry, tropical climates in Africa.
Aloe Vera has a very bitter taste, whether it leaves or the aloe latex, but its medicinal and healing value is more important that it bitterness. The gel extracted from the leaves are usually used on the skin to treat burns and various skin conditions. The gel is also processed into a liquid or capsule form to be taken orally. Aloe latex, the yellow pulp that’s found just under the outer surface of the plant leaf, has laxative properties and is usually taken orally to treat constipation
HEALTH BENEFITS OF ALOE VERA
1) Treating Skin Conditions
Aloe creams have a calming effect on the skin and have been shown to help reduce itchiness and inflammation
2) Sunburn Relief
Aloe Vera has a cooling effect and therefore good for soothing mild sunburn. Its speed up skin recovery.
3) Wound Healing
Aloe Vera does not only provide a relief to sunburn, it also brings healing to the wounds.
Aloe latex contains aloin, an anthraquinone that gives aloe vera its laxative properties. This helps to relieve constipation. It has the ability to increase water in the intestinal lumen thereby aiding digestion.
5) Lower Blood Sugar
Drinking at least two tablespoons of aloe vera juice everyday will help lower your blood sugar levels. Its therefore recommended for diabetes patients
6) Heartburn Relief
Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties, as well as antioxidant and anti-ulcer properties. A standardized aloe vera extract has been proven to relief heartburn, belching and vomiting.
OTHER USES OF ALOE VERA
Aloe vera can be use for mouthwash. This helps to reduce plaque formation on teeth.
Aloe vera gel can be applied on the outside of tomatoes. This helped delay ripening, prevents certain bacteria from growing, and therefore aids in maintaining their quality and freshness.
Aloe vera can also be use a pain reliever because it contains salicylic acid, a compound that gives aspirin its anti-inflammatory effects.
Aloe vera is rich in vitamin C, A, E and seven amino acids. It is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It support skin hydration and clarity, therefore it an ingredient in the beauty and cosmetics world.
Though aloe vera is very bitter, it uses, healing and medicinal properties are more valuable and should be considered more than its bitterness.