Aloe Vera is known as the “immortal plant” from the ancient times. The reason for this name must be due to its survival in the wild environment. It contains 96% water components in its leaves that’s why it can live in the dried atmosphere. It contains unique properties of wound healing and is used widely in herbal medicines and medicines for skin ailments and other ailments, it is also used in skin cosmetics and other skin products.
Aloe Vera plant has long thick leaves with minute spicules on its sides. It contains rich amount of moisture and vitamins and minerals. There are many species but Aloe Vera Barbadensis is cultivated for its health benefits.
Health benefits of Aloe Vera
- Skin ailments
Aloe Vera is very useful in skin ailments. A wide variety of skin disease is being treated with Aloe-containing topical applicants for skin.
- Skin burn and sunburn
Aloe Vera is used in the treatment of sunburn and dry skin it acts as an excellent moisturizer and replenishes the water content of the outer layers of skin. It is also effective on flame burns or chemical burns where aloe gel is used in combination with olive oil.
- Acne and Rosacea
It is one of the best moisturizers for skin. It is used in cosmetics and exfoliating skin scrubs and body lotions for dry skin. It is very effective in reducing pimples and acne crops and also reduce the skin condition Rosacea.
- Anti-aging effects
It prevents wrinkle formation and regular use of aloe slows down the process of aging.
It is also helpful to get relief of pruritus and itching and reduces the redness and soothe the skin. It is also beneficial for use in children having diaper rash and reduce their irritability and pain.5
It contains contents that speed up the healing process of ulcers hence it can be used for herpetic ulcers Canker sores and bed sores.
- Insect bite
Aloe prevents pain and itching when applied at the site of insect bite.
It is a condition that occurs as a result of excessive exposure to the cold and alone is proved to have the beneficial role.
It is a condition of severe itching and spreads from person to person and cause of great irritability. Aloe gives a soothing relief of this itching and is used in preparations of topical applicants for scabies.
This is an autoimmune disease of the skin and it is also treated with topical applications congaing aloe gel.
Having strong, long beautiful hair is one of the things everybody wishes for. Massage with Aloe helps in strengthening of hair, promotes the hair growth and is also useful to get rid of dandruff.
Beautiful clean teeth make the smile charming and also guarantee the good hygiene. Aloe is used in toothpaste it contains fluoride that helps in strong, whitened, healthy teeth.it helps in relieving of gingivitis, it reduces the plaque formation. Applying of aloe to the tooth socket provides relief of dry socket.
- Bowel effects
Aloe latex is a yellowish tinged secretion from the under surface of the outer covering. It acts as the laxative and helps in smooth bowels and get relief of constipation. Topical application of aloe at anal fissures hasten the healing process and reduces the duration of painful defecation. It is proved effective in conditions like irritable bowel syndrome.
Aloe gel is suggested to help the restoration of joints health particularly in conditions of osteoarthritis and rheumatism and provides relief of pain.
- Benefits for diabetics
Its role for glycemic control is not proven strongly so far but it helps in a number of ways as
- It helps in reducing weight in diabetics and pre-diabetics with the family history of diabetes.
- It also reduces cholesterol and helps in maintain normal blood pressure.
When aloe should be avoided
Topical applications are safe but oral preparation should be avoided due to diarrhea
- Ulcerative colitis.
- With warfarin because diarrhea increases warfarin absorption and increases bleeding.
- With digoxin because it causes decreases potassium level which can be fatal with digoxin intake.
- With diuretics or water pills
- It also should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding because it can cause miscarriages and birth defects.