We all have heard about Aloe Vera and have used it somewhere in our daily needs, maybe as an ingredient in face wash or in some oil to improve the quality of hair. People also like to have Aloe Vera juices to remove acne, scars on face and other health benefits. But, do we actually know about the burn plant Aloe Vera? The article talks about 15 amazing facts about Aloe Vera.
- Aloe Vera has a cactus-like appearance and is found to contain water in its leaves. This water in the Aloe Vera leaf has great medical importance and can help to aid serious medical complications.
2. Just like cabbage and lettuce, the Aloe Vera plant has a short stem, is hardy and long-lived. Few species of Aloe Vera, particularly the wild species have to been known to live more than 100 years, which is surely a significant age.
3. When we consider the Aloe Vera species then they are around 300 species that have been discovered till now. Out of these 300 species only 4 species are cultivated because of their medical importance. The most cultivated species of Aloe Vera is Aloe Vera Barbadensis, which has originated in North America and is used to treat skin conditions.
4. The two products of the plant are latex and gel. Latex is yellow or yellowish brown in color and can be found under plant’s skin while Aloe Vera gel is a clear transparent gel-like matter which is found over the leaves.
5. 96% of the Aloe Vera gel is composed of water so that the plant can survive in arid climatic conditions.
6. This Aloe Vera gel is extracted from the plant leaves and contains around 75 different vitamins, minerals, amino acid and essential enzymes that are highly beneficial for your health.
7. The Aloe Vera gel is a potent matter than can aid medical disorders like epilepsy, diabetes, asthma, emphysema, osteoarthritis and many more. The gel has also been known to treat skin problems and infections like frequent acne, dry skin, sunburn etc.
8. Aloe Vera has not only found its use in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic Industry but also holds a significant place in the food industry in the production of yogurts and several beverages.
9. In countries with the golden history like Egypt, Aloe Vera was known as the “Plant of Immortality” and was a significant part of their rituals. Queen Cleopatra used the plant on her body and face, which clearly depicts its ancient importance.
10. Aloe Vera was also very popular in America and was known as “The Wand of heavens” which basically means that the plant is a blessing from the Heaven Gods and they used the plant for several benefits.
11. Aloe Vera is an excellent source of highly useful compounds that shows antibacterial and anti-infective properties to treat bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
12. The plant is also known to be composed of essential substances like alkaline phosphatase, amylase, catalyzes, and enzymes to reduce inflammation. It also helps in the breaking down of fats and sugars in the individual’s body.
13. The research on Aloe Vera reveals that certain components in the plant or plant juice delay and reduces the deadliest problems like skin Cancer.
14. Aloe though has antibacterial properties, but shouldn’t be used on the open wounds. Though it aids healing but is not actually the replacement of antibiotics.
15. Also, internal consumption of Aloe is still not considered safe by the US toxicology team and suggests that there are certain risks associated with the same as certain ingredients could prove to be carcinogenic. Hence unless stated by the practitioner, it should be used for topical purposes only.
The lily of desert though has certain complications with it but is still considered the Wand of Heavens because of its healing properties. The plant is of great pharmaceutical importance and several cosmetic and Nutraceutical products are being manufactured by the companies considering its use and significance in the present era.