Aloe vera is one of the chief plants used in folk-medicine. Its curative benefits were recognized from the ancient Indian, Chinese, Greek and Roman cultures. The Egyptians refer to it as”the plant of immortality” and it is usually one of the funeral presents buried with the pharaohs. In the standard setting, aloe vera is used for healing wounds, relieving itching as well as swelling and it is 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. Its leaves contain the healing gel that’s 96% water, while the remaining 4 percent contains Vitamins A, B, C, and E; calcium; amino acids for protein building; and enzymes used in the digestive system. It has over 240 species but sadly, only four of them have medicinal values. The most potent of all the species is the aloe vera barbadensis and it’s important to remember that aloe vera, which is native to North Africa in addition to Spain, is also grown in the hot regions of Asia, Europe and America.
The curative potential of aloe vera stems from its ability to avoid injury to the epithelial cells and assist in the healing of injured tissues. An epithelium is a layer of cells covering the body and our biggest epithelium is the epidermis. Aloe is very beneficial in soothing many skin disorders such as mild cuts, insect stings, 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 creation of fibroblast (the skin cell responsible for wound healing) and collagen (the protein which controls the aging process of the skin in addition to wrinkling).
Moreover, when aloe vera juice is taken internally, it aids digestion, helps control blood sugar, boosts energy production, promotes cardiovascular health and enhances the immune system. It helps in preventing 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 that causes indigestion. These fatty acids aren’t only beneficial to the gut but also into the small intestine and colon. However, it is not advisable for pregnant women and children under five years of age to take aloe vera internally.