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Aloe Vera

Introduction:  Aloe vera, from the genus family Aloe, is a succulent plant with more than 500 species around the world.  Aloe vera grows in tropical climates and used mainly in agriculture and medicinal uses.  In common, they are used in cosmetic as skin lotions and medically for minor burns, beverages and also few other species is very well known for its medicinal purposes due to its stability.  They are short stemmed and the leaves are thick and fleshy with serrated teeth at the edges.  They also produce flowers during the summer month of about 90 cm tall.  Though they are widely cultivated around the world, it is widely seen in North Africa and its neighboring countries.  Now, Aloe vera is grown in many countries due to the huge demand in cosmetic industries.

                          

Medicinal Uses:  Aleo vera has been found to have many health benefits in cosmetic, herbal remedies, and food supplements.  They are multifunctional herbs used as blood purifier, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, uterine tonic, spermatogenic, laxative, and fever reliever. It has also been used as appetite-stimulant, purgative, and for cough, cold, piles, debility, dyspnoea, asthma and jaundice.  They are mainly used in

1.  Digestive System: Treat constipation due to the presence of laxative property.  Also relieves heartburn, belching, and vomiting.

2.  Dental:  Natural germ opposing capacity due to the presence of anthraquinones which acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.

3.  Skin: Used in cosmetic because of its skin smoothening effect, help reduce inflammation due to its antimicrobial activity and skin burn.

4.  Blood Glucose:  Help to reduce blood sugar level on daily intake of aloe vera juice improving the triglycerides level in blood.

          

Pharmacology:  Aloe vera has 50 plus active constituents mainly vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids, aminoacids.  Anthraquinones and their derivatives are mostly found in Aloe vera.  Aloin and emodin are the major components of anthraquinones that act as analgesic and has antiangiogenic properties.  The leaves contain mainly barbaloin and isobarbaloin from anthraquinoines which gives bitterness.

                                                                                                        

Aloe Vera Juice

Ingredients

  • Aloe vera leaf 1-2
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar for taste
  • Lemon one half

Method:  Wash the aloe vera leaf thoroughly and pat dry it with a clean dry cloth.  Now remove the edges and outer skin layer with a sharp layer and extract the clean gel from the center part of the leaf leaving any yellow stain in it.  Now mix this with the water and add sugar and lemon as desired and serve it immediately.

                           

Aloe vera juice is a good refreshner.  Apart from that, aloe vera gel can be used to clean the scalp by applying it on the scalp and washing it regularly.  Also as cosmetic to apply on the skin for any skin issues.

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