Aloe vera is one of the chief plants used in folk-medicine. Its curative benefits were recognized from the early Indian, Chinese, Greek and Roman civilizations. The Egyptians refer to it as”the plant of immortality” and it is usually among the funeral gifts buried with the pharaohs. In the standard setting, aloe vera is used for healing wounds, relieving itching in addition to swelling and it’s known for its antibacterial as well as anti-inflammatory properties.
Aloe vera is a member of the lily family and is a couple of feet tall. It’s over 240 species but unfortunately, only four of them have medicinal values. The most potent of all of the species is the aloe barbadensis and it’s important to remember that aloe vera, which is native to North Africa as well as Spain, can also be grown in the hot areas of Asia, Europe and America.
The curative potential of aloe vera stems from its ability to avoid injury to the epithelial tissues and assist in the healing of damaged tissues. Aloe is quite valuable in soothing many skin disorders like mild cuts, insect bites, bruises, eczema and so forth. Research has also demonstrated that it has antifungal as well as antibacterial properties and boosts blood flow to wounded areas. Additionally, it helps in the production of fibroblast (the skin cell responsible for wound healing) and collagen (the protein which controls the aging process of the skin as well as wrinkling).
Moreover, when aloe vera juice is taken internally, it aids digestion, helps control blood sugar, boosts energy production, promotes cardiovascular health and improves the immune system. It assists in clearing toxins from the digestive system and enhances the functioning of the liver, kidneys as well as gall bladder. Its anti inflammatory fatty acids alkalize the digestive juices and guide against acidity which causes indigestion. These fatty acids aren’t only beneficial to the stomach but also to the small intestine and colon. However, it is not advisable for pregnant women and children under five years old to take aloe vera .