Aloe Vera, a succulent, has been used for centuries for different purposes including medical treatment, beauty and skin care, herbal remedy, etc. More than 420 species from the Aloe plant family are used for various occasions. The plant contains a significant quantity of water in its leaves and root system.
The use of the Plant of Immortality in history:
6000 years ago, Egyptians called the plant the “plant of immortality” while the Native Americans called it “Wand of the Heaven”. The beauty queen Cleopatra used the juice in her body for beauty regimen. The Greeks used the plant to cure everything from baldness to Insomnia. Philippians used it with milk for the Kidney infection. In 1944 the Japanese soldiers who were exposed to the “A” Bomb used Aloe gel to treat their wounds and reported less scarring and faster healing. Nowadays, in Japan, Aloe Vera is used in commercially available Yogurt. Both the ancient Chinese and Egyptians used the plant to treat burns, wounds and to reduce the intensity of fever. Alexander conquered the island of Socotra to secure the supply of Aloe Vera. Aristotle advised him to do this so that they can use Aloe Vera to treat wounded soldiers.
Ingredients of Aloe Vera:
Aloe Vera has approximately 75 active components including 20 amino acids and lots of vitamins and minerals, e.g. calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, chromium, manganese, copper, zinc, vitamin A, B2, C, E and folic acid. It is also rich in carbohydrates, enzymes, salicylic acids and phytochemicals such as saponins. As a result, the gel helps to maintain natural energy level.
The Healing Properties of the Plant:
Skin Care: The plant has rejuvenating properties therefore perfect for the patients who have severe skin diseases. It works as a moisturizer and hydrates the skin. When it absorbed into the skin, it stimulates the fibroblasts cells and causes them to regenerate themselves faster. Fibroblasts cells are responsible for producing the collagen and elastin so that the skin will become smoother and look younger. Aloe Vera also increases the amount of oxygen in the skin and provides a healthy, bright and fair skin. It reduces the dark spots. It soothes dry skin and strengthens weak nails. The anti-inflammatory properties of the Aloe Vera soothe the skin, reduce redness, puffiness and rashes on the skin’s surface and minimize the visibility and acne scars and fights against pimples. The Lignin present in the plant is beneficial for skin problems like eczema and psoriasis. Finally, it fades stretch marks.
Asthma Treatment: Aloe Vera is used for treating asthma. Aloe Vera leaves are suggested boil with water, and the patients are suggested to breathe in the vapour. The miracle plant is also used to treat mouth sores, stomach sores, or cold sores.
Kills Bacteria and Virus: Saponins, a steroid glycosides, found in the plant tissue fights against anti-microbial like bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeasts. Saponins dissolve in water to give a soapy froth and have cleansing and antiseptic properties. Aloe Vera is used to treat minor burns and itching from bug bites.
Digestion: Aloe Vera juice contains a great number of digestive enzymes, antioxidants and a natural form of aspirin. It naturally boosts the immune system. Polysaccharide, found in the gel, worked as a chemical messenger of the immune system. Aloe Vera juice was used as a natural laxative that encourages the intestine to move and help with exclusion. It works within the intestinal tract to help break down food residues that have become impacted and help clean out the bowel. When the bowel is cleaned out, it greatly reduces bloating, discomfort, and helps ease stress. As a result, the Juice reduces irritable bowel syndrome. Though it does not have any side effect, it should not be regularly taken as it can affect the lining of the intestine.
Makeup remover and hair conditioner: Itcan be used as a makeup remover and hair conditioner. It increases hair growth and reduces hair falls. It is also a great choice for aftershave treatment.
Other Internal Benefits: The plant lowers high Cholesterol and stabilizes Blood Sugar level. Research reveals that the plant halts Inflammation and ends Constipation. Doctors prescribed the juice for rheumatism and arthritis. The juice also reduces the Heart attack rates and cures gum diseases. Giberellin found in the plant act as a growth hormone that stimulates new cell. Researchers and scientists are trying to use it against AIDS and cancer fighter because of its healing properties.