Aloe vera is a type of succulent plant belonging to the aloe family, and it resembles some types of cacti. It is also known as medicinal aloe and has a variety of common names such as Burn plant, Elephant’s Gall and Lily of the Desert. This plants are mostly found in dry and warm regions worldwide, and it is densely found in Africa, India, and other arid zones. Also, it can be cultivated in our own homes as a pot plant
Aloe produces latex and gel which are used for medicinal purposes. Aloe is found in the inner part of its leaf which is the clear jelly-like substance while latex is the yellow substance under the plant’s skin. No food contains aloe vera thus it can only be used as an aloe supplement or in gel form. Some aloe products are processed from a whole crushed leaf, to ensure they contain both latex and gel.
What does Aloe Vera do?
Aloe vera has a wide range of health benefits for our body and can be taken orally or applied to the skin. It includes some substances such as enzymes, minerals, and vitamins that play a role in how aloe vera works. When applied as a gel, it can cure radiation-induced skin damage, inflammation in the mouth, burning mouth, an inflammatory skin condition called lichen planus, wound healing, hemorrhoids, dental plaque, bedsores, dandruff, scabies, frostbite, osteoarthritis, diaper rash, inflammation, gum disease, pain after surgery to remove internal hemorrhoids, soothe irritated skin and act as a moisturizer or an antiseptic. Also, aloe extract acts as an insect repellant when applied to the skin.
People consume aloe gel orally for itching and inflammation, asthma, radiation-related skin sores, osteoarthritis, stomach ulcers, diabetes, hepatitis, inflammatory bowel diseases, weight loss, fever, and as a general tonic. Aloe extract is also used for high cholesterol, and an aloe chemical called acemannan is consumed orally to help reduce effects of HIV/AIDS.
Aloe latex is consumed orally mainly as a laxative for constipation. Additionally, it is used to cure varicose veins, joint inflammation, seizures, osteoarthritis, asthma, colds, bleeding, multiple sclerosis, eye conditions that cause blindness (glaucoma), depression, diabetes, swelling of the colon (colitis), lack of a menstrual period, hemorrhoids, and vision problems. Fresh aloe leaves are chewed to prevent mouth cancer.
How much aloe vera should you use?
Gels and creams with aloe vera vary in dosage. For minor burns, some creams only contain o.5 percent aloe vera while others may contain 70 percent for psoriasis. Aloe has no set dose as an oral supplement. Some use 100-250 milligrams of aloe juice for constipation or precisely 50 milligrams daily as recommended. Use one tablespoon of the gel daily for diabetes. Consult with your doctor on how to use aloe because high oral doses of aloe latex or gel are dangerous.
Where to buy Aloe Vera?
There are many online retailers where you can purchase the plant, or you can get it from a local plant nursery. There is also a myriad of beauty and health products in the market which are products of aloe vera, and you can purchase them from pharmacies, local supermarkets and of course online.