Properties and Benefits of Aloe Vera: Today I am excited to speak to you about a favourite of herbal medicine: Aloe vera. Aloe started out as an ornamental plant and continues to spark enthusiasm in gardeners worldwide up to this day. However, aloe is also a potent medicinal herb with several wonderful health benefits. The plant has been found to possess excellent anti-inflammatory, emollient and soothing properties and is believed to help cure a variety of skin issues as well as digestive problems.
The principle of action is based on the plant’s inflammation-reducing properties and calming action. Aloe vera plants resemble a knit tentacle basket of a greyish-green or bright green color, depending on the variety. The elongated, succulent leaves are covered by sharp little spines. A long stem rising from the middle of the plant supports a yellow and red elongated flower that usually blossoms in mid-summer.
When you break an aloe leaf in half, you will notice a gel-like transparent substance on the inside of the leaf. This gel is used for the treatment of both digestive problems and skin conditions. For instance, Aloe gel is famous for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Although scientific studies are reluctant as to the uses of aloe for the treatment of actual medical conditions, Aloe vera gel is very efficient in relieving heartburn symptoms such as a burning sensation in the chest area, sour taste in the mouth and even gastroesophageal reflux. Even more, there are many people who claim that Aloe vera gel can efficiently treat gastritis.
Aloe vera gel-based drinks are a wonderful substitute for regular fizzy drinks and a regular consumption is highly beneficial for your stomach, especially if you are dealing with some sort of digestive problems. The best part is that some Aloe vera drinks contain vitamins as well, adding to their restorative and healing properties.
Also, Aloe vera gel is a great, natural emollient. For this reason, it is widely used in the beauty industry in the form of tissues, moisturizers, sunburns lotions and is added to shampoo and soap to prevent dry skin. Moreover, there are claims that Aloe vera is highly efficient in treating sunburns, psoriasis, skin rashes, itching caused by mosquito bites and other mild skin problems.
Aside from the gel, the leaves provide us with another important substance, a yellow latex extracted from the inside part of the plant’s skin that can help relieve constipation. Many people prefer to grow aloe plants in a pot, at home. If you have friends who own an Aloe vera plant, maybe you have noticed how they often take a small portion of a leaf and apply the gel found inside on a burn or a mosquito bite to soothe the pain or itching and hurry up the healing process. Ask them why they do it and if they believe Aloe vera indeed has soothing and healing properties.
However, precaution is required: not all of the Aloe vera plant is safe for human use. Aloe vera leaves contain a toxic substance called aloin which may have unwanted side effects. Also, overuse of aloe latex is not recommended as it can lead to potential health problems. Aloe gel, however, is safe for consumption and especially recommended if you are suffering from digestive problems.
Aloe vera plants have been used by people for almost two millennia and they haven’t received a single bad review from anyone. Moreover, the plant is a main ingredient in numerous efficient pharmaceuticals aiming to offer digestive relief and soothe skin problems.