Aloe belonging to Alliaceae family is a succulent herb that reaches 80 to 100 cm in height and matures in 4 to 6 years. The plant lives for 50 years under favorable conditions. Aloe Vera is biologically active and native to southern and eastern Africa along upper Nile in the Sudan and eventually introduced to Northern Africa. The plant is naturalized in Mediterranean region and other countries across the globe. It is cultivated commercially in Aruba, Haiti, Bonaire, India, United States of America, South Africa and Venezuela. The finest aloe is found in desert of Southern California. This plant is able to survive in hot temperatures of 104˚F.
Aloe Vera is a stemless plant which grows 80 to 100 cm tall and spreads by root sprouts and offsets. Leaves are thick, fleshy, green to grey-green, lanceolate with serrated margins. Flowers form on spike upto 90 cm tall. Flowers are pendulous having yellow tubular corolla about 2 to 3 cm long. Aloe Vera juice is a thick liquid derived from the flesh of aloe vera plant leaf. The leaves are crushed and grinded followed by steps to purify and filter the liquid. The mild and tolerable flavor of juice makes it suitable to add it to shakes and smoothies.
Some common names of Aloe Vera are: Aloe, Kumari, Indian Alces, Gawarpaltra, Ghirita, Curacao aloe, Barbados aloe and Lu hui. Usually, it is used for decorative purposes and grown indoors as a potted plant. Also it is used in consumer products such as cosmetics, skin lotions, beverages and ointments for sunburn and minor burns.
Health Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe Vera juice has been used medicinally for thousands of years but recently got much popularity. The study on active ingredients displays the health potential. This plant encompasses vitamins (folic acid, choline, Vitamin A, E, C and B12, antioxidants) along with nine minerals, eight enzymes, salicylic acid, saponins and others.
- Heal wounds and burn
Aloe Vera is renowned for its healing and soothing effects on wounds and burns. Studies shows that the application of aloe vera to a wound promotes rate of wound closure and tensile strengthen wound by proliferation of cells including liver, skin, blood cells and nerves.
- Aging skin
It is thinning and wrinkling of epidermis combined with creases, lines, furrows and age spots in the face. The components found in aloe vera reverse degenerative skin changes with the stimulation of collagen or elastin synthesis i.e. reversing the aging effects on skin.
- Restores immune system
Aloe Vera prevents the chances of suppression of immune system of skin which is the major cause of skin cancer.
Aloe Vera comes with moisturizing properties. Studies confirms that Aloe Vera improves the hydration, assist elimination of dead skin cells and has penetrating ability which transports healthy substances through skin. It is also used in dermatological and cosmetic products. Aloe Vera is utilized for manufacturing over 95% of dermatological valuable extracts worldwide.
- Arthritis, Joint and Muscle Pain
Aloe Vera lowered severe joint and muscle pain related with arthritis and pain associated with injuries and tendinitis. When applied to the pain area, Aloe Vera penetrates the skin and soothes the pain. Ingesting aloe vera juice on regular basis prevents and causes regression of adjutant arthritis.
- Lower inflammation
Aloe Vera enhances various anti-inflammatory responses in the body, lowers swelling from injuries and speeds up recovery from infections. It aids the relief of pain as well as discomfort and promotes overall wound process.
- Arthritis, Joint and Muscle Pain
Aloe Vera lowers joint and muscle pain associated with arthritis and also pain related with injuries and tendinitis. Apply it to the area of pain directly; it penetrates the skin to soothe pain. Studies show that ingesting Aloe Vera regularly prevents and cause regression of adjutant arthritis.
- Relieve gastrointestinal problems
Aloe Vera juice provides relief from gastrointestinal problems. People consume this juice to provide relief from gastrointestinal, ulcerous and kidney problems. It improves regularity, promote energy levels, comforts intestine after intake of Aloe Vera juice. Moreover, irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, colitis, duodenal and peptic ulcers are relieved after intake of Aloe Vera juice.
- Coronary Heart Disease
Study shows that ingesting Aloe Vera gel has positive effect to blood fat lipid accumulation related with diseases. Aloe Vera lowered total cholesterol, phospholipid, triglyceride and nonesterified fatty acid levels which when elevated accelerates fatty material accumulation in medium and large sized arteries such as coronary arteries of heart.
- Antioxidant properties
Aloe Vera has Vitamin E, C, zinc and seven superoxide dismutases. The circulation of blood has various constituents providing beneficial effects on coagulation and blood pressure.
- Digestive health
Aloe Vera is helpful for IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome). It is used for other digestive problems such as peptic ulcers and other stomach inflammation. The properties are used for soothing and healing digestive problems.
- Enhance immunity
The ingredients found in Aloe Vera contain antiviral, antibacterial and analgesic elements.
- Treat sunburn and burn
The healing and soothing quality of Aloe Vera are helpful for burns especially sunburn.
- Acts as a laxative
Aloe Vera has laxative effect on bowels.
- Detoxifies body
Amino acids support kidneys and liver.
- Improves brain function
Study shows that diet with Aloe Vera has better memory recall and recognition and also lowered incidences of tension or low mood. The effects are attributed with saccharides found in aloe vera.
- Consume Aloe Vera juice mixed with milk for kidney infections.
- Aloe Vera releases pepsin which supports digestion, soothes colic pain, digestive tract irritations and ulcers.
- It is a tonic, increases immunity and combat diseases.
- It promotes circulation and enhances the supply of oxygen to the cells. It helps to alleviate thalasemmia.
- It helps in maintaining healthy muscles and joints and also prevents arthritis.
- It prevents constipation and acts as effective blood purifier.
- It is beneficial for liver and kidney problems such as jaundice.
- It lowers inflammation as well as infection of ear and eye.
Aloe Vera for Healthy Skin
- Aloe Vera eliminates wrinkles and age related changes.
- It promotes circulatory system and nourishes skin.
- It effectively treats skin disorders such as psoriasis and dermatitis.
- It heals wounds and cuts, burns and blisters, sunburns and also minor second degree burns.
- Aloe Vera eliminates acne, skin allergies, skin blemishes and dark spots.
- Applying Aloe Vera to the skin provides relief from dry skin.
- The extracts of Aloe Vera in hydrophilic cream are effective for treating genital herpes in men.
- For seborrheic dermatitis, apply aloe vera lotions to the skin.
How to Use
Consume Aloe Vera drink on an empty stomach. Mix 20 ml with a glass of water. Or mix equal quantities of aloe vera juice with amla (Indian gooseberry), tulsi (holy basil) and giloy juice (heart-leaved moonseed).
Side Effects of Aloe Vera
- Some might experience dehydration due to frequent stools, irregular heartbeat, stomach cramping, lower potassium levels.
- People with heart disease, kidney problems, diabetes, nursing, pregnant women and allergic to garlic, onions and tulips should not use Aloe Vera internally.
- It causes allergic reactions such as irritation or swelling of lips, face and tongue. When experienced these symptoms discontinue using.
- In pregnant women, it can cause complications such as miscarriage.
- Aloe Vera juice causes blood sugar to drop to low levels in diabetic patients.