Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has been known since ancient times for its healing properties and benefits, we find references and citations of aloe in the Bible and in ancient documents where handed down  the use of plants for healing from the ancient peoples of Egypt and India. It’s amazing how the use that is made today is the use of the plant that the ancients did, because the studies confirm that more than a thousand years ago it was a fair use.

Aloe vera: Properties and benefits

Grows naturally on dry, limestone soils but can also be grown by seed or offshoot.  It is a succulent plant from whose leaves are extracted through manual labor, a thick juice, also called gel.


The active ingredients are made up of anthraquinone cathartics, known as the true killer diseases, have the same effect of antibiotics but with fewer toxic effects. The substances that make up the plant are many, here are the most important: cinnamic acid, useful as a germicide, barbalonia, resistanolo oil, air, aloin and calcium. The full composition of gel and its properties have not yet been clarified but are unsure of its beneficial effects on the human body.

Healing Properties and Benefits of Aloe Vera

According to recent studies has shown aloe vera can significantly prolong the lives of cancer patients and even boost their immune system.

In an experiment carried out on human cancer cells, it was found, by direct injection of these cells in a mixture of aloe, lecithin, what is connected to activate the immune system with this vegetable.

In fact, cells that had been injected with the lecithin, have activated a part of the immune system which, in turn, produces substances that attack the cancer. It appears that tgi vegetable promotes the growth of normal cells.

Aloe – emodin, would, according to some studies, an effective anti-cancer and anti-viral activity and its ethanol extract was also active against herpes virus.

Studies concerning aloctina A contained in aloe have highlighted its anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer and anti cancer. To underline the capacity of the plant to heal wounds and burns, is able to penetrate into the injured tissues, reduce pain and increase blood flow to those tissues.

Aloin and aloe are widely used as active ingredients in preparations, laxatives, often in combination with other substances such as cascara and senna.


Aloe vera: Properties and benefits

The gel of its leaves is used in soft drinks that are commonly called aloe vera juice. Gel is produced by diluting with water and mixing it all with citric acid and preservatives.

The products of the gel are available in liquid form to dry.

Wound Healing

According to a report of the American Journal of Dermatologic Surgery and Oncology, convalescence after surgery, is significantly reduced when treated with aloe.

A sample of people with acne have undergone surgery to fix the problem.

Completed surgery on their faces bandages were applied: on one half of the face was applied a regular doctor, while the other half used a compound of aloe gel.

Well. Half treated with aloe healed less than 72 hours in advance of the next.

The report’s author, Dr. James Fulton dermatologist claims to cure any wound with aloe because it greatly accelerates the healing of tissue.

In America the fresh gel of the plant is known as the most popular folk remedy in the country with regard to burns and scalds and the plant is also called “first aid plant”, as it also has moisturizing and softening.

Gel Stabilization

The gel of aloe, being composed of polysaccharides and water, is an extremely unstable substance, whose active ingredients are deteriorating rapidly. Therefore become necessary processes of extraction and storage are extremely powerful. For this reason, the modern food industry, has patented several processes of stabilization and concentration.

Among these, there is a particular type of freeze that allows to concentrate the gel to 200 times (200:1), stabilizing the form of dust. In this way, gel so treated can be placed in swallow formulations (capsules or tablets) avoiding the problem of taste (not all pleasant).

What is Aloe Vera

Leaves with gel

It is often called the “miracle plant”, we can say that this is a plant with many resources.

The varieties of the plant are many, about 200. One that has greater utility to humans, because of its medicinal properties is A. Barbadensis miller, commonly called aloe vera.

In 1862 it was discovered an Egyptian papyrus dating back to 1.500 BC. When it was discovered how even then its therapeutic properties were known and appreciated, especially from Greek and Roman physicians


The plant to be effective must be “biologically alive”.

It’s scientifically proven that the process of drying, freeze-drying of the plant or the gel extracted from the leaves, almost totally cancels its therapeutic potential.

The plant works by providing a rich cocktail of nutrients. These elements work as a team, enhancing its effect with each other in synergy. The plant also possesses qualities adaptogen, which means that different people will draw different advantages based on what they need, because the benefits vary from person to person.

The plant helps, at first, to prevent damage to epithelial tissues are damaged and if you already contribute to their healing. Antioxidants fight the free radicals.

Anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial action, thanks to its nutritional constituents, promote cell growth and thus ease the healing.

In ancien Egypt, the plant was called the plant of immortality and was also used for embalming. Queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra seems to use it for their beauty. Even the Sumerians knew the preciousness of this plant. In Mesopotamia it was used to ward off spirits maligla. Solomon, known for his wisdom, he was already using the plant. There are traces of knowledge of aloe vera in Persia and India around 600 BC. The Hindus believed that this plant, aloe vera, to grow in the garden of ‘Eden and called the “silent healer”.

Aloe Vera: Properties and Benefits

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