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3. Aloe Vera

  • Kingdom: Plantae

  • Order: Asparagales

  • Family: Asphodelaceae

  • Genus: Aloë

Aloë, also written Aloe, is a genus containing about four hundred species of flowering succulent plants.

They occur naturally in Africa, especially South Africa’s Cape Province and the mountains of tropical Africa, and neighboring areas such as Madagascar, the Arabian peninsula and islands off Africa.

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The plants are cultivated as ornamental plants, especially in public buildings and gardens. The Aloe vera, in particular, is said to have medicinal properties. The plant may grow to a height of four feet. The aloe, a clear thick gel-like substance flows from the inside of cut leaves. The leaves also produce a bitter yellow juice which, when dried, becomes aloe latex.

aloe vera genesisHuman use of Aloes are primarily as a herbal remedy in alternative medicines and “home first aid”. Both the translucent inner pulp as well as the resinous yellow exudates (gel) from wounding the Aloe plant is used externally to relieve skin discomforts and internally as a laxative. To date, research has shown in certain cases that Aloes produce positive medicinal benefits for healing damaged skin.

Some Aloes have been used for human consumption. For example, drinks made from, or containing chunks of aloe pulp, are popular in Asia as commercial beverages, and as a tea additive; this is notably true in Korea.

For medicinal purposes, aloe vera is most commonly used externally to treat various skin conditions, and burns. Not only does it soothe the skin, ease pain and reduce inflammation, studies have been done to show that using aloe as a topical treatment to burns will help speed up the healing recovery process. A study performed in the 1990s showed that the healing of a moderate to severe burn was sped up by six days when covering the wound on a regular basis with aloe vera gel, compared to the healing of the wound covered in a gauze bandage (Farrar, 2005). Aloe vera helps burns of various degrees, including sunburn. When the gel is rubbed over over-exposed skin, the redness will disappear within a couple of days, and it helps to preserve moisture so that the skin will not become dry and peel. A cut leaf from an aloe vera plant can be rubbed over the skin, as it exudes gel; the gel can also be bought in drugstores.

symmetry aloe vera juiceAloe vera can also be used to treat minor cuts and scrapes. Rubbing a cut leaf over a cut will help prevent infection and will speed up the healing response from the body. The aloe vera acts as a sealant and pulls the skin back together like a bandage or a suture. Although aloe should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment, its many uses are beneficial and should be considered for anything such as an everyday moisturizer to a first-aid antiseptic. In addition to the above-mentioned benefits, continuous research is being done to learn how else the aloe vera plant can play an important part in human lives.

Many cosmetic companies are now adding this plant to every product possible including makeup, soaps, sunscreens, shampoos and lotions, as well as any product that is created to soothe, protect and moisturize the skin. This is due partially to the fact that Aloe extract is full of vitamins, nutrients and minerals, as well as the perception of the general public of Aloe as a healing ingredient.

genesis_aloe_gel_symmetryAloe gel is also useful for any dry skin condition, especially eczema around the eyes and sensitive facial skin, and for treating fungal infections such as ringworm. In Ayurvedic medicine, the gel is usually applied fresh and can even be converted into an ointment for long-term use.

Aloe vera contains over seventy-five nutrients and twenty minerals, nineteen amino acids including all eight essential amino acids and eleven secondary amino acids as well and twelve vitamins. These vitamins include: A, B1, B6, B12, C and E. It has even been referred to as “a pharmacy in a plant” (Farrar, 2005). Aloes also contain anthraquinone glycosides, resins, poly- saccharides, sterols, gelonins, and chromones. It is also a source of a class of chemicals called Aloins.

* It should be noted that the outer leaf of the aloe plant contains phytochemicals whose proper- ties are often purgative in nature. While these ingredients are valuable in detoxification they need to be avoided in pregnant and lactating women. For this reason only the inner gel is used by Symmetry in obtaining the aloe juice, which then has no purgative properties.