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Posted by Elizebath Bijoy Sunday, May 15, 2011

Plant SourceAloe barbadensis Miller (Family Liliaceae).
Part Used: Leaf gel.
Properties: Healing, pain-relieving, emollient, soothing, anti-inflammatory.
Most Common Traditional Uses:
Internal - General tonic, cleanser, detoxifier.
External - Minor burns, sunburn, eczema, psoriasis, skin irritations, insect bites, minor cuts, scratches and wounds also extensively used as a base for organic skin care.
Other Advocated Uses of Aloe Vera: Too numerous to count

Aloe vera, also known as the true or medicinal aloe, is a species of succulent plant in the genus Aloe that is believed to have originated in the Sudan. Aloe vera grows in arid climates and is widely distributed in Africa, India, and other arid areas. The species is frequently cited as being used in herbal medicine. Many scientific studies of the use of aloe vera have been undertaken, some of them conflicting.Despite these limitations, there is some preliminary evidence that Aloe vera extracts may be useful in the treatment of wound and burn healing, minor skin infections, Sebaceous cyst, diabetes, and elevated blood lipids in humans.These positive effects are thought to be due to the presence of compounds such as polysaccharides, mannans, anthraquinones, and lectins.

Large scale agricultural production of Aloe vera is undertaken in Australia,Bangladesh, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, China, Mexico, India, Jamaica, Kenya and South Africa, along with the USA to supply the cosmetics industry with Aloe vera gel.Aloe vera juice is used for consumption and relief of digestive issues such as heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome, although it bears significant potential to be toxic when taken orally. 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, shaving cream, and shampoos. 

Aloe Vera gel normally contains no laxative principles (anthraglycosides). These laxative compounds are only present in cells immediately beneath the skin of the leaf. After the leaf is cut crosswise, the yellow bitter latex containing these compounds drains out of the leaf. When this latex is dried, a dark resinous mass is produced which is commonly called simply aloe. This aloe is a drug and is used in many laxative preparations. A milder form of laxative is also produced from the plant by splitting the whole leaf, drying it and milling it to a powder. Since this product contains considerably lower amounts of anthraglycosides and high concentrations of the gel, its laxative action is considered much less harsh than the concentrated aloe latex.I have noticed in many houses Alovera is been planted in the pot and people consume it directly without any doctors prescriptions.Few species of Aloe vera cause skin rashes, thus its essential to get good advise on which type of aloe vera is harmless... enjoy reading


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