What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe Vera is a succulent plant, and it originated from North Africa. The important part of the plant is the long and fleshly leaves, two major component of the leaves are the latex (which is yellow in color) and the gel. The gel is used as medicine, cosmetic and a food supplement. The gel portion is used topically as a moisturizer and for the treatment of various skin conditions and is used orally as a medicine for various disorders.
The latex portion too has medicinal value, however it is not commonly used as a medicine because of the strong laxative effect it has. In addition to that, an overdose of aloe latex may cause various disorders like dehydration, diarrhea, loss of potassium in the blood (which in turn might result in irregular heartbeat and other heart conditions) kidney dysfunction, and possibly death.
People who are growing the plant at home, should be careful about the latex portion and extract the gel alone.
Uses for Aloe Vera:
It cures a lot of skin conditions like burns, wounds, sunburns, skin burns because of radiations, psoriasis and eczema (because of moisturizing). In Ayurveda Aloe Vera is used independently as well as a component of medicine for various treatments. It cures ulcer and several other stomach disorders like bloating and gastritis, cures ulcers in the small intestine, relieves constipation, improves overall immunity, aids in better absorption of vitamin E and C. It is also a rich source of vitamins, especially vitamin C (though not as high as what Indian Gooseberries contain)
According to Ayurveda Aloe vera is a natural coolant. It is bitter-sweet in taste, and controls both Pitta and Vata based disorders and hence extensively used in Ayurveda for liver and spleen disorders. It is used as a detoxifier and improves vision. Aloe vera is recommended for anti aging.
The flowers of this plant is used remove intestinal worms.
Like many Ayurvedic herbs, the research on aloe is still not extensive. However based on the research done so far several of the health benefits are validated scientifically. Experiments and clinical trials have proved that aloe vera is effective on dermatoses, constipation, wound healing, psoriasis, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammation, contact dermatitis, reduce pain sensation and several other benefits.
Safety Concerns & Drug Interactions:
There are no known safety issues related to Aloe gel (very rare cases of occasional allery). However it is not advised to use aloe on severe burns or deep wounds, instead one should seek medical attention.
However the Aloe latex is not safe for everyone and people with intestinal disorders should never use aloe latex (other potential side-effects are discussed above). Aloe latex should never be consumed along with certain drugs, diuretics and other drugs which can cause potassium loss.
Oral consumption of Aloe vera may reduce blood sugar levels, so it is not advised for those who take medicine to control blood sugar.
Recommended Aloe Vera Products:
freshly extracted aloe gel is the best way to consume aloe vera, however if you cannot grow aloe vera at home, it is better to buy an aloe vera drink that is organic and without any preservative. we recommend the following drink (for oral consumption) and gel (for topical application).
|Aloe Vera Juice Organic No Preservatives
|Aloe life Skin Gel