Out of the 400 species of the Aloe family, Aloe Vera has been used for thousands of years and is still present in several types of medicines today. It is used predominantly as an herbal remedy for the skin, in the aid of digestion, the reproductive system and even in detox formulas.
The gel or pulp can be extracted from the plants for many benefits, both externally and internally.
Externally it is commonly used to treat skin conditions by soothing the skin and easing pain and inflammation. In some cultures, they rub the raw pulp on the skin while in western cultures, they tend to go with more pharmaceutical preparations. The aloe can even speed up the healing process of burns, eczema and other conditions. One the skin, the plant’s gel can be rubbed to reduce redness, which reduces the number of days that it may be visible, say after an insect bite or similar irritant.
Rubbing the leaf over cuts in the skin can prevent infection and speed up the healing process by acting like a bandage. Because of its healing and moisturising benefits to the skin, it has been adopted by cosmetic companies and added in many products.
The juice of Aloe Vera can be extracted by cutting the leaf, collecting the juice and then evaporating it. The juice has many benefits when drunk. This is partially due to the fact that it contains twelve vitamins (including A, B1, B6, B12, C and E), 19 amino acids and over 20 minerals. These are all essential to the body’s optimum function.
In Ayurveda, the Indian health practice, Aloe Vera is known as Kumari ‘the princess’ because of its positive effect on the menstrual cycle and female reproductive system. It is also known for its ability to clean the liver and protect the digestive system by reducing intestinal inflammation.
On the other hand, the verdict is still out there for the full miracle benefits of Aloe. There are some studies out there which show that there are of course negative bits to this plant. Therefore any Do It Yourself – or Home remedies are not typically recommended. This hold true since there are some laxative properties which arise from the anthroquinine, which is a potent laxative.
In addition to the abdominal pain and extreme diarrhea this laxative might cause, ingesting aloe vera juice may also cause malabsorption of nutrients and medication and loss of electrolytes, specifically potassium. Low potassium levels may lead to an irregular heartbeat, muscle weakness and fatigue. Healthyeating
Please be very careful of touted benefits of Aloe and its benefits in weight loss. Some studies may quantify the amount of weight persons may have loss due to the use of Aloe Vera, however, weight loss is primarily achieved with a reduction in calories. Some properties of the aloe is as a laxative, which means a loss in water. Therefore it is important when trying to lose weight that one is losing fat and not fluid.