It has many different names, one of which is the medicine plant. There is only one, out of numerous different types of Aloe Vera, which is really helpful in the medical field, which is called Aloe Vera Barbadensis. The plant takes about four years to become fully grown.
The gel is collected from the leaves and used in many different ways, for example cosmetics and health products. The vast majority of the Aloe Vera plant contains only water, and what remains are the many healthy vitamins and minerals and also good levels of antioxidants, which is probably the reason why Aloe Vera products have become so popular in recent years.
Aloe Vera, when taken orally can be very helpful if you suffer from certain stomach or digestive problems. Two of the reasons for this are, it has anti-inflammatory qualities and it reduces acid in the digestive process. Also, the juice has a beneficial effect on heartburn. Aloe Vera has helped many people with arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma and many more health problems. This plant is also great for healing burns and abrasions. It is also effective when treating fungal infections such as ringworm.
Aloe Vera also, has many benefits if used on the skin, and has been shown to assist in the healing of many skin problems including eczema, acne, psoriasis and more. It has also been said that Aloe Vera can help seriously ill patients, (In particular cancer), by boosting the body’s defenses against disease.
If you are lucky enough to own one, you might have watched it “cure itself”. The leaves of the aloe plant are erect and rigid and are held there by the gel inside the leaf. If you were to cut a leaf, the gel would shoot out and then afterwards, the plant will create a protective layer over the cut. If you decide to use one as a house plant, they are fairly straightforward to look after.
The uses of this seemingly magical plant are many and also varied and have been used as a natural medicine for thousands of years. There are many aloe vera products available today including skin lotions, cosmetics, moisturizers and sun screen creams. I am sure you will benefit from them once you have read all the great information on this amazing plant.