Aloe vera is popularly used in India as a natural medicine for health, skin, and hair related problems. It is also used to treat fungal diseases in different countries around the world. Gel and latex are the two main substances produced by Aloe vera.
History of Aloe Vera
In the year 1820, U.S. pharmacopeia mentioned aloe vera as a purgative and skin protectant. The use of aloe vera in clinics started in 1930 for radiotherapy burns to the skin as well as mucous membranes.
In a report back in 1935, it was found that aloe vera provides instant soothing relief from the burning and irritation connected with dermatitis and skin regeneration.
Over the years, the popularity of this natural product kept on increasing. Nowadays, aloe vera is included in almost all the cosmetics and beauty products such as sunscreens, soaps, makeup, shampoos, shaving creams, moisturizers, and tissues. It is also used as an ingredient in desserts, beverages, and yogurts.
In small farms, it is used for water conservation and its extracts are used as fresh food preservatives.
Production Process of Aloe Vera
The production method is really vital for the quality and number of active ingredients present in a product like an aloe vera. You can get the aloe vera juice by pressing, grinding as well as crushing the entire leaf.
You have to do filtration and stabilization to get the required extract. Manufacturers are usually experienced in this process. However, some people are unable to bring out a complete ingredient from the leaf. Thus, they don’t get the desired result.
If you want to get the maximum result, you should follow the instructions mentioned below:
1. After extraction, avoid heating it or using fillers as it will minimize the benefits.
2. While purchasing aloe vera from a local health food store, look for essential certifications in the label.
3. You should get your own aloe vera plant to get the most amazing results daily.
4. If you have an aloe vera plant, keep it outside where it gets exposure to the sunlight. Although aloe vera contains a lot of water as a succulent, you should water it at least once every week in the summer months. In the winter season, you should water it once every month as aloe becomes dormant.
Nutrition Facts of Aloe Vera
Aloe plant leaf contains a jelly-like substance, known as aloe vera gel. The plant contains yellowish latex in the center part of the leaf. Some cosmetics include both latex and gel as they are produced using the crushed leaf.
Research has proved that Aloe vera contains over 75 active components. Some of these active components include saponins, salicylic, acids, amino acids, vitamins, anthraquinones, lignin, enzymes, minerals, and saccharides.
Enzymes found in aloe vera include cellulase, catalase, aliases, amylase, lipase, carboxypeptidase, peroxidase, bradykinesia, and alkaline phosphatase. Minerals include magnesium, calcium, chromium, potassium, sodium, copper, zinc, manganese, and selenium.
Aloe vera also include 4 fatty acids, which give anti-inflammatory effects, such as beta-sitosterol, campesterol, lupeol, and cholesterol. Hormones like gibberellins and auxins are found in this plant which helps in curing pain.
Aloe vera include several minerals and vitamins important for the proper functioning and growth of the human body. It provides all the essential amino acids.
Benefits of Aloe Vera
1. Removes Skin Rashes and Itching
Aloe vera is popularly used as a home-based treatment to cure dermatitis, surgical wounds, psoriasis, oral mucositis and burn injuries. A deep analysis did summarize 40 studies involving the use of aloe vera proved that it can be used as an alternative for an antifungal and antimicrobial agent.
The oral use of aloe vera can also cure wounds and limit the chances of the tumor by over 90% in the bone marrow, spleen and liver. According to the analysis, it can also heal burns, inflammation, frostbite, dermatitis, genital herpes and psoriasis.
2. Cures Burns
Aloe vera can prevent UV-induced pressure on the burnt skin making the treatment process faster. The skin of any human being is too sensitive to be exposed in front of the fire. If the burned skin doesn’t get treated in due time, it can leave its mark forever. The usage of Aloe vera ointment has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treating skin burns.
Aloe vera gel protects the skin from radiation damage caused after skin burn. Since there is always a threat of nuclear warfare around the world, various governments including the U.S. is planning to introduce aloe vera used for military workers who face radiation burns on a daily basis.
3. Treats Cold Sores
You can apply aloe vera gel twice on a cold sore every day. It can easily remove the discomfort and reduce the pain. You can also consume it through your mouth as it is a natural product. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, the treatment process accelerates.
4. Works as a moisturizer for hair and scalp
The people who have dry hair usually also suffer from an itchy scalp. Aloe vera is an amazing natural remedy for such people as it not only nourishes the hair but also makes it stronger than before removing any itchiness related to the dried or dandruff prone scalp. Due to ti its antifungal and antibacterial properties, it is also used to prevent dandruff problems.
Aloe vera gel contains enzymes which remove dead cells from the scalp and boosts skin tissue regeneration process around the follicles of the hair. Most people also suffer from damaged hair due to overuse of shampoos containing harmful chemicals. Use of aloe vera can remove keep your hair and scalp bacteria-free.
5. Treats Constipation
The consumption of aloe latex can boost waster content and peristalsis in the intestine and stimulates the secretion of mucus. Thus, it helps in the break down of the foods and is used as a homemade remedy for constipation.
6. Helps with Digestion
Due to it laxative and anti-inflammatory properties, it helps in digestion and balancing the pH level in the body. Its juice reduces the formation of yeast regularizes acid/alkaline and normalizes the process of bowel movement.
If you have irritable bowel syndrome or flatulence issue, you should consume 30ml of aloe vera juice 2 times every day. As aloe vera has antibacterial agents, it helps in reducing gastric acid levels and curing stomach ulcers.
7. Improves the Immune System
Aloe vera contains enzymes which turn the proteins you consume into amino acids. It further helps in the proper function of the cells in your body. Due to the presence of bradykinesia in aloe vera, the immune system gets boosted and infections are destroyed.
Another important component found in aloe vera is zinc which helps removes the deficiency of the component from the body as well as enables the proper functioning of the immune system. It further prevents diseases, destroys bacteria, and boosts healthy mood.
Aloe vera doesn’t have any side effect or allergic reaction and is popularly known as completely natural wonder plant.
8. Provides Vitamins and Removes Inflammation
Inflammation is the essential cause of most diseases. Aloe vera can offer a variety of minerals and antioxidants which can prevent radical damages as well as inflammation. Vitamins found in aloe vera include Vitamin B12, vitamin A, C, and E.
Vitamin A, due to its antioxidant nature, helps maintain good vision and glowing skin. Vitamin C prevents aging, eye disease, prenatal health issues as well as cardiovascular disease. Vitamin E helps reduce the aging process, free radical damage, and inflammation.
Aloe vera contains bradykinesia and is great for people who are constantly exposed to sun or cigarette smoke. It helps prevent skin inflammation which is caused by UV rays and also prevents skin cancer. It is also known as a cure for eczema and acne due to it skin healing process. You can also apply aloe vera to the skin topically to reduce excess inflammation problem.
9. Cures Diabetes
Aloe vera is known to treat diabetes as well as cardiovascular problems. You can reduce blood glucose and serum triglyceride level tremendously by consuming 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel regularly for a month. It alleviates chronic hyperglycemia as well as perturbed lipid profile.
• For inflammatory bowel disease or constipation problem, you should take 100 milligrams of aloe vera twice every day for a month.
• For skin infections and wound healing, apply 1/2 teaspoon of aloe extract cream thrice every day.
• For skin burns, use the entire aloe vera gel on the spot and apply it every day until it is healed.
• If you have high cholesterol, take 1 aloe vera capsule twice every day for 2 months. The capsule should contain 300 milligrams of aloe vera.
• If you want to protect your skin from bacteria and infection, add 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel into your body lotion.
• For dry hair and dandruff related problems, add 1 teaspoon of aloe gel in your shampoo.
• For dental problems, you should use toothpaste containing aloe vera for 6 months.
Note: The above-mentioned recommendations are the result of scientific research. You must consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet. While purchasing any aloe vera product make sure to check the label beforehand. Avoid overconsumption. Stop the dosage in case of any side effect and contact your doctor immediately.