What is Aloe Vera
By: Jenafer Song
What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe is a spiny cactus plant of the lily family. This plant is also close related to onions, garlic, tulips, and asparagus. The aloe plant has been in existence for thousands of years. There are over two hundred and seventy five species of the aloe plant but the most common is aloe Vera, which was also highly recommended by early physicians. Aloe
Vera is a popular houseplant, which has had a long history of multipurpose folk remedy. The part of the plant in which people use, is the inner gel leaf mucilage, a thin
Clear jelly like substance obtained from the tissue that makes up the inner portion of the leaves. The gel contains carbohydrate polymers, and other organic and inorganic compounds.
The history of the aloe Vera plant
It is suggests that the aloe Vera plant was originated in the warm, dry climates of Africa but because the plant is adaptable, the root can survive in freezing air, just as long as the ground is not frozen and the root to not destroyed.
The process of growing aloe Vera
Since the aloe plant has been around for many years its been used for many medicinal reasons. Scientific research has been done on aloe Vera since 1935 and found that the pure powder of aloe Vera is the key ingredient used in the laxly skin.
The aloe Vera plant needs minimal care and attention. It has a few natural enemies such as gophers and wind. The aloe plant consists of ninety five percent water. Because the aloe plant is very popular, you can find it in almost any plant store or nursery.
The leaves of the aloe plant grow from the base in the rosette pattern. Mature plants can grow as tall as two and one half inches to four feet with the average being around twenty-eight to thirty six inches in length. Each plant usually has twelve to sixteen leaves weighing up to three pounds. The plant can be harvested every six to
eight weeks by removing three to four leaves per plant.
If this plant is grown outdoors in tropical climates, it should be planted in sunny areas with less shade. The soil should be fertile and fast drying. If the plant is grown in a very mild climate, the plant should be potted by the window where there is a lot of sunlight and may be put outside during some months. During this season, the soil
should be completely soaked, but then be allowed to dry again before re-watering. Aloe Vera is very most in which its stores a large quantity of water within the leaves and root. They are extremely frost tender therefore during the winter months the plant should
utilize very little water because the winter months are a very wet season. Aloe can be grown in all areas of the world where temperatures do not fall below freezing. The Aloe plant will freeze at twenty-eight degrees farenheight and the plant will die.
The aloe Vera plant needs minimal care and attention. It has a few natural enemies such as gophers and wind. The aloe plant consists of ninety-five percent water. Because the aloe plant is very popular, you can find it in almost any plant store or nursery.
How aloe Vera can be used
Aloe Vera is making its way to be among natural remedies for healing medicines. This plant has been called a miracle plant, the silent healer, and the first aid plant. Its been common to see aloe Vera plants in homes across the United Stat4es or where it may be used by cutting off a part of a leaf, and spreading its gel on burns, scrapes, and bruises.
The plant can be separated into two basic products, gel and latex. It is best to make the gel as pure as possible because aloe latex contains the anthraquinone glycosides aloin A and B, which are potent laxatives. The products are difficult to keep it potency when the leaf is broken and not used right away. The best time to use the aloe gel is when the leaf is broken and used directly form the plant because at this time the leaf is high in potency. Pasteurization will kill all the bacteria that are present at the time, and the chemical preservatives will prevent bacteria from growing.
What does aloe Vera contain?
No other natural product contains so many elements that are beneficial to the body, which includes vitamins A, B1, B2, B3,B5, B6,B12, C, E, folic acid, choline, calcium,, sodium, zinc, chromium, potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese, anti-oxidant, and selenium. Aloe Vera also contains amino acids that have seven essential amino acids, and thirteen secondary amino acids that are produced in this plant. The aloe plant also produces trace elements, enzymes, saponins, lignin, anthraquinones, and acemannan, polysaccharides.
Everything you need to know about aloe Vera and the healing process
There are two main constituents, which are the aloe gel and the aloe drug. Before you remove the gel form the leaf; you must remove the tip and the spiny sides of the leaf. Then squeezing the leaf, or just grinding up the entire leaf con remove the gel. The gel in between the leaves of the plant, sometimes combined with other ingredients, can help reduce redness on the skin, relieve pain, and may also speed up the healing process by accelerating cell replication, improve blood flow, reduce scaring, and can lessen age spots that appear on skin that has been over exposed to sunlight.
The drug is diverted from the juice obtained from cells beneath the tough outer skin of the plant. The drug yields extracts that contain resins, anthraquinones and anthrglycosides when dried or purified. The crystallized anthraglycosides in the aloe extracts are called aloin, which is the yellow substance. The main ingredient of aloin is an antrguinone glycoside called barbaloin. The aloe drug can be used to protect the skin from harsh ultra-violent rays.
The main cause of sunburns is the UV-B radiation that can cause skin cancer, but with application of the aloe plant it moisturizes dry, damaged skin. Some say aloe Vera could be used to cure skin cancer if used regularly over several months, although aloe Vera doesnt work on all skin cancer.
Aloe is also used for treating skin, hair, healing arthritis, stomach ulcers, diabetes, and could help fight tooth and gum decay. It can also be used for treating sport injuries. Aloe leaves are also used for eczema, skin ulcers, thermal burns, and sunburns. A few studies have been tested whether taking aloe gel internally can influence wound healing. One study has shown improvement in wound healing on mice, which the scientist found increasing the blood flow to the injured areas. Another study on heart disease showed that by adding aloe Vera to ones diet, there was a marked reduction in total lipids, total serum cholesterol. Serum triglycerides and fasting and post meal blood sugar levels in diabetics. Searchers also found no other studies on blood lipids, heart disease risks, and aloe.
Today skin hair products and pharmaceutical creams, which include aloe, are used for treating burns and other injuries. Skin and hair products in which contains certain emollients help improve the skin, scalp, and hair texture. It helps the skin by restoring it to its natural PH balance and gives the skin a smoother appearance. The reason aloe Vera penetrates the skin is because it lowers the skin tension of water. Aloe Vera also helps facial pores unclog and gives your skin a healthy glow because the enzymes activity in the plant speeds up the blood circulation and sloughs of dead skin. The amino acids help the growth of new cells. The hyaluronic acid removes toxins and allows the astringent properties of the plant work in a more effective way.
Drinking a glass of half aloe Vera juice and half water and ice everyday will help control rheumatoid arthritis. For best results drink it gradually. The taste is a little unpleasant but it gets the job done. The juice seems to lessen the pain though it could take two months before effects could take place. Some feel effects after rubbing the gel directly onto the skin over an aching joint or muscle. For the stomach, the aloe is used to control constipation by also drinking a glass of aloe Vera juice a day. The drink may also help heal heartburn and indigestion.
Aloe Vera juice and gel may also help in treating skin problems including insect bites, rashes, stings, dry-chapped skin, blisters, diaper rash, razor burns, and fungal infections. It is also said that aloe Vera works on hair loss and ingrown toenails.
Aloe can kill bacteria and viruses such as herpes, which cause blisters and cold sores, and the herpes zoster virus that shingles. Aloe Vera may cause cuts to deepen and enlarge because it works its way past dead tissue to help heal the live tissue.
When aloe Vera is used for reducing scars it speeds up the healing process of burns by stimulating the growth of healthy skin cells and limits the bodies production of scar tissue.
Aloe Vera is just as effective in the mouth as toothpaste. Aloe doesnt harm the tiss7ue culture cells. It can be used on some mouths for mouth ulcers. It also reduces irritation around exposed roots and sore gums often cause by temporary crowns.
To conclude what I have gained from this aloe Vera paper, I can say that this plant is all natural and totally safe for the human body. It can be used to heal not only the outer part of a persons bodies (cuts, burns, and scrapes) but the inner as well. (Ulcers, diabetes, hear diseases)
I used to grow this plant in my yard at my old home, but I dont have the space for it now. I do sometimes go out and grab a leaf when I need to heal a cut. I also see that in our garden at school we do have some ale plants growing. I now have a better understanding of what aloe can do for the human body and I also found many things that this plant is used for besides being applied on the outer parts of ones self. I am also more aware that this product is contained in m any of my every day used products.