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Aloe vera: plant and properties

Aloe vera: plant and properties

Aloe, true for completeness, and scientifically we must refer to this plant by calling it Aloe barbadensis Miller: is part of the Aloeaceae, it is a fleshy-looking shrub and loves hot and dry climates, but it is nevertheless perennial.

The well-known gel is obtained from its leaves, the largest producer of this magical ointment whose powers we will know, is the Dominican Republic, and all of Latin America, the best supply areas for 'Aloe I'm Spain, Greece and Israel but in the world it is cultivated in Africa, Australia, North America, Central America, South America, Russia, Japan. In addition to Spain, the Europe ofAloe it also looks to Italy but the crops of this plant are still small in size.

Among the many boasted properties, the best known are the anti-inflammatory ones, but it is also a good remedy for hair, anti-fall. In general, it is very good for the skin, especially if associated with honey and in soap format.

Aloe: plant

As a plant it reproduces only with cross-pollination because it is self-sterile, that is, the male and female flowers of the same plant do not cross each other. It reaches heights of up to 1 meter and has an almost succulent appearance.

The leaves in fact constitute a sort of fleshy tuft, are of simple shape and 40-60 cm long, with some non-dangerous thorns on the sides. They have a very thick cuticle and have a considerable percentage of water in them. That gel contained in Aloe Vera it will then be used both for juices and foods, and for external use with cosmetic or hygiene products. At the center of the tuft of daughters there is the yellow-red flower, which forms a sort of capsule.

Aloe: benefits

The benefits of'Aloe vera have been known from very ancient times, they were mentioned on clay tablets of 2000 BC. and among the Egyptians who used it for embalming: this is why it is also called the "plant of immortality". Under the pyramids, theAloe it was also a substance for hygiene products or for healing treatments. In Bible appears, as an aromatic plant or for the preparation of ointments before burial, but its systematic study officially began in 1959 when a Texan pharmacist managed to treat this plant in order to make it marketable.

The American government has thus begun to recognize the healing properties of this plant for treatment of burns and gradually they discover various similar and non-similar benefits. In terms of chemistry, the three main components of this pulpy plant are complex sugars, the mysterious anthraquinones and then various substances such as mineral salts, vitamins, amino acids, organic acids, phospholipids, enzymes, lignins and saponins.

Aloe: properties

Many are to be verified, but the medicinal properties of today's protagonist are really many. IS' regenerating and healing, so it helps wounds heal. Always on the skin has a anti-inflammatory and humectant effect: it is moisturizing and promotes water retention in the skin tissues.

It also works as an antipyretic, relieving the case of burns, inflammation and fever, it also hinders the growth of fungi and viruses, as well as bacteria. Used from inside or outside, detoxifies from the impurities of toxins. Everything makes it seem like a beautiful and good plant, but there are some contraindications, spinets aside, which in your case do not do much harm. Instead, the peripheral part of the leaf contains aloin which has a laxative and irritative effect of the colon, up to causing an abortion. It is therefore not recommended, and not only in pregnancy, to consume any

Aloe in pregnancy

As mentioned, pregnant women should never take aloe latex because it can cause uterine contractions and result in miscarriage. Even in the breastfeeding phase, it is better to leave it alone because the effects on babies and children of these substances have not yet been studied enough and there is no single reassuring version.

In general the aloe gel it is considered safe if applied to the skin surface, of course, it should be avoided on open and deep wounds. We check that we are not allergic before using it, and we check that we do not have to undergo surgery soon: theAloe can cause increased bleeding.

Aloe hair

To counteract premature hair loss, theAloe and products made on the basis of this plant are excellent natural remedies. In fact, material is obtained from the leaves to then obtain cosmos-trichological treatments, with nourishing and anti-oxidant properties, to fortify the scalp and avoid hair loss. Fortunately it is not just a hereditary issue to surrender to, hair loss, and withAloe we can minimize the effect by acting on excess sebum on the skin, lifestyle and the incorrect use of bleaching products for tints or meches.

Aloe: juice

We still talked little about effects of Aloe if taken orally, but an example for all is the case of juice. Rich in pulp, with the utmost respect for bio-active ingredients, with unpasteurized Aloe vera, gluten-free and GMO-free, here one liter bottleto test and taste the benefits.

Aloe gel

Thirst quenched, we can also hydrate "from outside" with the gel, perfect for damaged or dry skin. This I propose, but there are several on the market, online and in specialized and natural stores, it has a high content of vitamins B, C, folic acid and carotene and contains neither parabens nor sulphates, as well as being odorless and colorless. Half a kg of gel to try.

Aloe: soap bars

Juice, gel, and now the soaps, atAloe. We can do these by obtaining scented ones, made with healthy ingredients rich in benefits for the skin. In "Homemade soap with aloe vera”We find the recipe based on Aloe vera and honey. The natural cleanser obtained is great for any skin type and the two important natural ingredients help the cellular regeneration of the skin, keeping it healthy, hydrated and radiant.

Aloe: cultivation

While we are in the mood to do it yourself, why not think about cultivating from the start Aloe? All you need is a large terracotta pot, garden soil, peat, gravel and the cutting to plant. There is Aloe vera, the best known, but you can range over 200 other existing plants, includingarborescens, the "cousin" of the vera, with the octopus shape and a height of even 4 meters. There soapwort it has particularly large, thick leaves, while the aristata has a diameter of up to 30 cm and is recommended against wasp or other insect stings. To proceed step by step, read how "Grow Aloe vera at home”.

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Video: Aloe Vera Care Guide (December 2021).