What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe Vera is a juicy houseplant which is originated from the Arabian Peninsula but now it is cultivated worldwide. It is a medicinal plant that is safe to extract the gel from the plant directly & use it. This plant mainly grows in hot & dry climates. It is primarily cultivated for its agronomic & medicinal uses. This plant can be grown successfully indoors as well as outdoors. It is highly used in consumer products like body lotion, ointments, & beverages. Aloe Vera plant comes with fleshy & thick leaves as it stocks liquid in its leaves & grows up to 40 inches tall.
The leaf contains a translucent gel that is bitter. This gel is 96% water & the rest is nutritional elements like amino acids, vitamins, & minerals. The gel contains an element called acemannan which is a complex carbohydrate. Aloe Vera plants are available online & at floral shops. This plant can be grown in-door if a sufficient amount of sunlight is provided. Watering the plant is very essential when its soil becomes dry. Watering the plant once a week is recommended & even overwatering is not good.
Uses of Aloe Vera:
• Aloe Vera is extensively used in industries of pharmaceutical & cosmetic. The gel-like liquid in this plant contains bioactive compounds such as amino acids, vitamins, antioxidants, & minerals.
• Our oral health problem is very common nowadays as we are increasingly eating chocolates & junk food. Aloe Vera juice can be used as a mouthwash which will reduce bacterial biofilms or a dental plaque from our teeth. It kills the yeast & bacterium which is produced from plaque.
• Aloe Vera contains antioxidants like polyphenols which is beneficial for our health. This anti-oxidant will restrict the growth of bacteria which causes infection in our body.
• Aloe Vera helps in slow aging & prevents wrinkles. By taking the gel orally we can improve our skin elasticity within 3 months. It helps in retaining moisture on the skin especially for those who have a dry skin problem.
• The gel is used to treat sunburn & sores by applying it to the skin. It is used for topical treatment & is often termed as a skin protectant. It helps in preventing itching, infections, & redness. Many studies suggested that this gel can be used to heal sunburn rather than using conventional medication.
• Diabetes patients can consume Aloe Vera along with medication as it improves blood-sugar management.
• By applying Aloe Vera on mouth ulcers for few days can help in treating this bacterial infection rapidly. It also reduces the pain which comes from an ulcer. So keeping Aloe Vera at home is very essential as people often experience mouth ulcers.
• Not only gel but also latex of the plant is beneficial which is present in the leaf. By consuming latex, people can treat their constipation problem as it contains a compound called aloin.
• Consuming Aloe Vera can help people who are suffering from psoriasis, herpes simplex, & lichen planus.
• Ayurveda considers this plant as a miracle herb as it helps in treating minor cuts, severe burns, & wounds.
• If Aloe Vera is consumed regularly, it can help in weight-loss as it contains vitamins & minerals which advances the body’s immersion potential.
Importance of Aloe Vera:
Aloe Vera is mainly used for skin treatment including acne, burns, skin radiation, sores, dandruff, psoriasis, abrasions, seborrhea, & many more. The gel softens the skin, prevents wrinkles, & heal sunburn. It helps in lowering cholesterol levels & controlling blood sugar levels. It also treats maladies like skin disorders & constipation. To promote well-being, Aloe Vera is available in a capsule to take it internally. It is very easy to harvest the Aloe Vera plant at home as you will only require a healthy Aloe leaf. You can apply the gel directly onto your skin.
The gel can also be added to drinks & smoothies. There are some Aloe products like toner, cream, & cleanser that you can use to cure acne. Aloe products are less irksome than other cosmetic products. Pregnant & breastfeeding women can avoid using Aloe Vera as it is risky to consume in that condition. For years, it is been used to improve baldness & skin conditions. Consuming Aloe Vera gel helps in curing ulcerative colitis which is a dangerous disease.
Diabetes patients can use 100 mg of Aloe Vera juice along with the medicine. Those who are suffering from constipation can use 150-200 mg of Aloe Vera juice daily. A high dosage of Aloe Vera is not recommended as it is dangerous for our health. 0.5-1% of Aloe Vera is used in cosmetic products like creams for the skin.
How to make Aloe Vera Juice at home:
To make Aloe Vera juice at home, you can follow the procedure given below:
I. First cut a healthy Aloe Vera leaf from the plant with a sharp knife. Pulling a leaf from the plant is not considered.
II. The leaf contains a thorny layer on the outer side which should be removed after cutting the leaf.
III. Removing the thorny layer will help in exposing latex which is present underneath the leaf.
IV. Now cut the leaf horizontally through the latex & remove the gel with the help of a spoon.
V. You can put the gel in a bowl.
VI. Now remove the latex part as it beneficial too (it contains solid laxative properties).
VII. To make juice, put the gel into the blender, add water to it & blend it for four minutes.
VIII. Now pour the juice into a glass & add ginger or lemon to it (as per your preferred taste).
IX. Now, your juice is ready.
In a nutshell, we can say that Aloe Vera has a wide range of uses because of its therapeutic properties. We can directly scoop out the gel from the leaf & also use the residual part. The plant has many agricultural & medicinal uses & it is widely used in the cosmetic & pharmaceutical industry.