Medicinal Aloe Vera

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Aloe Vera is a trendy succulent plant thanks to its various medicinal virtues. Thanks to its natural properties, it is used in beauty and health creams and as an excellent natural healing agent. Growing an Aloe Vera plant at home can not only be beneficial botanically and aesthetically, but it can also help in the area of ​​health; in other words, this plant can be an excellent addition to our first aid kit.

To take advantage of its medicinal properties, we must apply the crystalline and gelatinous interior of the fleshy leaves directly to the wounds to be treated. It can be used on cuts, burns, irritations, and more. Another benefit of this plant is that it can relax the skin after it suffers from too long exposure to sunlight. On the other hand, this plant is useful as medicine, but its sculptural appearance, together with its large leaves, gives a unique decoration touch to the interior spaces where we decide to grow this plant.

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Aloe Vera Leaves and Growth

The Aloe Vera stem is short and thick and is responsible for storing water in the plant’s leaves. One of the most remarkable things in its appearance is its leaves; these are grayish-green, thick, spiny, and fleshy. They end at a point and can reach 30-50 cm long. These sheets are filled with a dense tissue that stores water, hence their thickness. We can cut and use these leaves at any time of the year without harming the plant. This viscous, water-filled tissue is the gel associated with aloe vera products and contains most of the plant’s bioactive compounds: vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants. The gel contained in the leaves is antibacterial and acts primarily on golden staphylococcus and various species of streptococci. Thanks to these properties, this gel’s use is prevalent in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, and food industries.

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Aloe Vera Care

If we want to grow Aloe Vera at home, we must bear in mind that it is a plant with some specific requirements to grow healthily and robustly without losing any of its medicinal properties. One of the main things we must consider is that Aloe does not withstand cold temperatures, so one way to grow it properly if we live in a humid and cold area is to alternate its cultivation between outdoors and indoors. During spring, summer, and early autumn, we can cultivate it with a sunny exposure on the terrace or balcony, and, the rest of the year, we will grow it indoors, sheltered from the cold and rain, yes, making sure to place it in a sunny place.

Aloe Vera must grow with adequate solar exposure and plant in the sunniest place possible. If our house does not have high natural lighting, we must consider keeping it on a balcony or window receive enough light. If not receiving enough light, it will begin to develop thin leaves that will cause the plant’s leaves to start to arch and lose their consistency.

When it comes to watering our Aloe Vera, we cannot forget that it is a crass succulent plant; it accumulates water inside its leaves. Thanks to this, it requires being in dry and well-drained soil. Arid soil will reduce the frequency of their waterings. If we exceed the frequency or quantity of the risks, we will begin to notice rottenness on the leaves and stems of our plant, and if we do not correct this in time, our Aloe Vera may die.

We can ensure extra growth with vigorous and frequent leaves to fertilize our Aloe Vera during the spring and summer seasons. It is advisable to use natural compost.

Are there different types of Aloe Vera?

The answer is no. “Aloe Vera” is the name given to a single species, so in other words, “Aloe Vera” is the name of the specific species. The only thing that can differentiate from one specimen to another are the small white dots, or that some specimens do not have a stem while others do have a short one. However, there are many types of Aloe. Aloe is the name of the genus to which our protagonist belongs, and it includes about 500 species or varieties. But all of them have leaves and flowers with the same shape, and although they grow in different parts of the world, they usually do so in the same conditions of sun and heat. Apart from the scientific name, the only thing that changes is the color and size, and the uses since the vast majority of aloes are not medicinal.

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How to use the Aloe Vera plant?

To use the Aloe Vera gel, we must open the leaf in half; at that time; we can use the gel directly on the affected area or scrape it with a blunt-tipped knife. It is best to apply now to burns (including sunburns), dry skin, wounds, fungal infections, diaper rashes, herpes, ringworm, insect bites, allergic rashes, eczema, or any skin itch. However, we can scrape it off and store it in a clean, refrigerated container for use whenever necessary.

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Properties and advantages of Aloe Vera

Improves skin elasticity and helps prevent wrinkles.

According to a study, Aloe Vera gel can delay skin aging. It showed that topical application of the gel increased collagen production and improved skin elasticity.

Pure juice reduces dental plaque

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Aloe Vera juice is as effective as mouthwashes. This 100% pure juice is as effective as chlorhexidine, an ingredient in mouthwashes, reducing dental plaque.

Accelerates the healing of burns

As mentioned before, Aloe Vera is often used as a topical treatment for various skin conditions. The gel from this plant can be used for first and second-degree burns and sunburns. Aloe Vera can reduce the healing time of burns compared to conventional medications.

Antioxidant and Antibacterial properties

The gel of this plant contains antioxidants belonging to the family of polyphenols. These polyphenols, along with other compounds, can help prevent certain bacteria’s growth that causes infections in humans.

Treat Mouth Ulcers

Aloe Vera can accelerate the healing of mouth ulcers. It can also help reduce the pain associated with these ulcers. However, despite helping with treatment and pain, Aloe was no better than conventional ulcer medications.

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Helps Treat Constipation

In this case, the gel is not used, but the latex. Latex is a sticky yellow residue found under the skin of the Aloe Vera leaf. It is composed mainly of a compound called aloin, or barbaloin, which has well-defined laxative effects.

Reduce Blood Sugar level

Aloe Vera is a remedy for diabetes on some occasions. It can improve insulin sensitivity and helps improve blood glucose control. However, long-term consumption of aloe vera supplements can cause liver problems. When trying this method, one should be careful.