Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is also known as A. vulgaris Lam or A. barbadensis Mill. It is described as Aloe which is mainly found in northern Africa. It is a very short-stemmed or stemless plant which can grow upto a height of 80-100 cm tall which spreads for balancing and root sprouts.

The leaves of aloe vera are thick and fleshy, lance-shaped leaves and they are always green and grey-green in colour.

The flowers are produced on a spine or thorn up to 90 cm tall which contains tubular corolla in yellow colour that is about 2-3 cm long. Aloe vera contains calcium, amino acids, sodium, vitamins, nitrogen, enzymes etc.

The cultivation of aloe vera is done throughout the subtropical and drier tropical regions of the world and used for herbal medicine and as an ornamental plant.

It is available as a lotion, spray, gel, cream, liquid and even in the form of a capsule.Most of the physicians recommend creams made up of aloe vera which is good for allergies and skin eruptions.

The Aloe Vera Plant

Lotions and gels made from aloe vera have become very popular in the market and used as ayurvedic medicines and cosmetics. The gel of aloe vera contains about 75 nutrients and proved to be a good remedy for wounds and burns.

Aloe vera is also helpful for healing the sores and blisters. This plant is also used as a food preservative like legumes and fresh fruit. It is used as an alternative to synthetic preservatives like sulfur dioxide. It is also used as a medicine and beneficial for the treatment of various skin conditions like eczema, burns and cuts.

The fluid from aloe vera reduces pain and inflammation.The studies show that if aloe vera gel is put on the moderate and severe burns then it takes only six days to recover from the wound.

Some of the cosmetic companies also add the fluid of aloe vera to various products like soaps, makeup, shampoos, moisturizers and sunscreens. Aloe gel is mostly used by people with dry skin and who have sensitive facial skin. It is also helpful in the treatment of fungal infections like ringworm.

The juice derived from aloe vera helps the people suffering from ulcers, heartburn and other digestive disorders. It also provides comfort to the people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and indigestion. Sometimes it is also used as a drug. Other benefits of aloe vera are that it enhances the production of elastin and collagen which are important for preventing aging of skin.

It is used as a moisturizer and removes dead cells and also helps in the discrimination of healthy substances. It also reduces the dark spots and pigmentation on the face. So, the uses of aloe vera are unlimited and considered as a miracle substance.