Aloe vera has been known for its healing properties for at least 6,000 years. In the early days, the plant was known for being a “plant of immortality” and was presented to Egyptian pharaohs as a funeral gift.
These days, aloe has an entire industry behind it. Its juices are used in cosmetics and personal-care products such as moisturizers, soap, shaving cream, and suntan lotion. The aloe vera product that probably comes to mind most easily is the bright green gel that’s stocked on drugstore shelves. You’ve probably used it to soothe a nasty sunburn.
What Are the Health Benefits of Aloe Vera?
- Digestive issue Aloe latex contains aloin, which is an anthraquinone that gives aloe vera its laxative properties and may help treat constipation.
- Wound healing Aloe gel may help expedite the healing process of burns or cuts on the skin.
- Treating skin conditions, like psoriasis and acne Aloe creams have a calming effect on the skin and have been shown to help reduce itchiness and inflammation.
- Sunburn relief Some people swear by aloe to calm a sunburn. You might have experienced the gel’s cooling effect yourself, but the research backing up the claim that it can speed skin recovery is lacking. One small study, for instance, found aloe vera didn’t have any effect on treating a sunburn when compared with a placebo.
- Relief in Heartburn Researchers found aloe vera helped lessen several symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), including heartburn, belching, and vomiting.
- Lower blood sugar A study found drinking two tablespoons of aloe vera juice every day for two weeks helped lower the blood sugar levels among people with type 2 diabetes. Triglyceride levels of the study participants also improved — a big deal for those with diabetes, because they’re at an increased risk of developing heart disease.
Hair Fall :- Aloe vera contains something called proteolytic enzymes which repairs dead skin cells on the scalp. It also acts as a great conditioner and leaves your hair all smooth and shiny. It promotes hair growth, prevents itching on the scalp, reduces dandruff and conditions your hair. Diane Gage, author of Aloe Vera: Nature’s Soothing Healer says, “Keratin, the primary protein of hair, consists of amino acids, oxygen, carbon, and small amounts of hydrogen, nitrogen, and sulphur. Aloe vera has a chemical make up similar to that of keratin and it rejuvenates the hair with its own nutrients, giving it more elasticity and preventing breakage.”
content of Aloe vera
The healing power of aloe is due to the rich variety of more than 75 useful substances. The plant contains:
- Vitamins: А, group В (including В12), С, Е;
- Minerals: calcium, chromium, iron, phosphorus, germanium, manganese, magnesium, potassium, copper, selenium, zinc;
- Amino acids: 7 of the 8 essential amino acids (isoleucine, leucinе, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine and valine) and 11 of 14 non-essential amino acids (asparagine and glutamic acid, alanine, cysteine, arginine, glycine, histidine, hydroxyproline, proline, serine and thyroxine);
- Polysaccharides: aceman, glucomanan, galactan;
- Monosaccharides: glucose, xylose, galactose;
- Anthraquinones: 12 compounds that have laxative, antimicrobial and anticancer properties;
- Enzymes, organic acids, fatty acids, saponins, etc.
Aloe Vera has enlonged, fleshy leaves with thorns, which is why it is often confused with cactus, but the truth is that it belongs to the family of lilies.
The interesting thing is that, although it is most widely spread in Asia, South America, Africa and Southern Europe, the plant can grow almost anywhere in the world, because it is not pretentious, it doesn’t require special conditions for cultivation, as well it can receive the necessary nutritional substances and moisture even from the air.
The unpretentiousness of the plant, combined with its extraordinary properties, makes it one of the most accessible and curative plants on the planet.