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What are the health Benefits of Aloe Vera? Sometimes called a wonder plant.

Aloe Vera belongs to the family of Xanthorrhoeaceae. Aloe Vera is a mouth-watering plant in the category of Aloe that is mostly utilized as an herbal medicine. Aloe Vera requires parched and dry climate to grow with the soil being fertile and fast draining as Aloe Vera consists of a lot of water inside it. There are around 250 species of Aloe Vera plants in the world. The size of the Aloe Vera plant varies as per the climatic conditions in which it grows; the known sizes are from one inches to two foot diameter depending on the colonies they grow in. The most commonly found species of Aloe is Aloe Barbadensis. Some of the aged Aloe Vera plants blooms with the tall back shielded by bright colours petals, creating a beautiful flower.

Origin: Aloe Vera is largely produced in the countries of India, Nepal, and Africa. The adapted positions of this genre take place in southern part of Arabian Peninsula, Sudan, and North Africa along with Cape Verde, Canary, and Madeira Islands. It also grows in the tropical and temperate regions of Belize, Nigeria, US, Australia, Barbados and Paraguay. It is said that from the 17th century, this species of Aloe Vera was introduced to China and various other parts of the southern part of Europe. As per modern usage, Aloe Vera Gel has become very popular in cosmetic industry and it is being required at a large scale for the countries like Cuba, Bangladesh, Mexico, Kenya and South Africa.

Medicinal Usage: The organic compound presents in Aloe Vera’s extracts are mannans, anthraquinones, polysaccharides and lectins which are the reasons for its beneficial uses. The Extracts of Aloe Vera may be useful in treating wounds, burn marks, sebaceous cysts, minor skin contaminations and raised blood fatty acids in human body. Aloe Vera Gel is largely used as an ingredient in various lotions, beverages, Yogurt and desserts as well. When a person consumes Aloe Vera Juice, it brings relief in congestion and digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome and heartburn in spite of the fact that it is not advisable to have it orally. As per the recent studies in 2007, it is revealed Aloe Vera can also be used in soothing process of first degree to second degree burn cases.
Aloe Vera also improves the blood glucose levels in patients who are suffering from diabetes, liver disease with hepatitis and lower blood lipids in hyperlipidaemia. A Study has also concluded that Aloe Vera may lower down the symptoms, itching, irritation and swelling in patients with ulcerative colitis. As a matter of medical fact, Aloe Vera extracts are employed as immune stimulant that benefits in struggling against cancer in cats and dogs, which has not been human tested. According to Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Aloe Vera is a proven natural food flavouring agent that can be counted in healthy diet too.

Aloe Vera in Cosmetic Industry: Cosmetic companies add fluid or other extracts from Aloe Vera to various products like soaps, moisturizers, makeup, sunscreens, incense, shampoos and shaving cream. Aloe Vera extracts have antifungal and anti-bacterial activities, which furthers helps in the fight against skin infections. Since it has anti-irritant properties, it can be used to reduce chafing of nose of patients with cold or hay-fever. It can be used for re-twisting dreadlock hair, to make biofuels from Aloe Vera seeds, a natural agent for vegans.

Precautions: Aloe Vera loses its beneficial compounds when chemicals are used while processing it. It is advisable to grow Aloe Vera at your own nursery to get assured pure form of Aloe Vera.

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