Aloe vera and its most common use, healing aspects
The oldest known use of aloe vera is the treatment of burns. In fact the plant (the preparation derived from it) has the property of stimulating the growth of the epithelium after a wound, absorbing the dead cells. Moreover, it has moisturizing properties, favoring the absorption of water in the skin tissues. It has analgesic properties, even in depth; counteracts the growth of fungi, viruses or bacteria. Relieves itching and has detoxifying properties. It is also used as a purgative, and is also widely used in the cosmetic, food and veterinary fields. It is contraindicated in pregnancy because it is considered abortive. In case of abuse there are deficiencies of some electrolytes, mainly potassium. We find it in the form of powder, ointment or mainly gel. In food use it is found in the form of juice.
The cultivation of aloe vera and in which countries is more widespread
There are two main methods for the cultivation of aloe vera: cutting and seed multiplication. For the cutting during the summer the side shoots are removed and, perhaps putting them in the dark, they are left to dry for two or three days. After this procedure, the shoots are put into jars with composts for cuttings inside them. For the multiplication from seed towards March-April, around a temperature of 20-21 degrees Celsius, the seeds are placed in the jars and left to germinate. Aloe vera does not grow upwards. With time it increases in size and the leaves grow. It has a very short stem that can bend over time with weight. The countries where aloe is most widespread in the world are North Africa, Madagascar, Arabia, Mexico, Argentina, Paraguay, Colombia, desert regions.
Aloe vera: general benefits and contraindications
The use of aloe has a long tradition all over the world, and only thanks to the experience in the early times could its benefits be ascertained. It is mainly used as a treatment for burns, certain skin diseases and antiseptic, but taken orally in the form of juice is used as a detoxifier and cure for gastrointestinal disorders. One of the most useful active ingredients of aloe vera is a mucopolysaccharide that has beneficial and protective effects on the gastric and intestinal mucosa. To obtain these results, however, it must be ensured that the concentrate is free of aloin, another active ingredient which, however, taken with assiduity leads to negative effects such as irritation of the intestinal walls. Aloe vera juice is mainly used to stimulate the body's natural defenses.
Aloe vera plant: Use of aloe vera in cosmetics and in the kitchen
Did you know that aloe is excellent to use even in the kitchen? You can prepare delicious sweets and tasty drinks thanks to its extracts. The most popular recipes are pie with ice cream with aloe vera or elixir and energizing cocktails. Also in cosmetics this plant is very widespread, thanks to its penetration capacity to the deepest layers of the skin, and to its stimulating, emollient active ingredients, used both for skin care and hair care. It has moisturizing properties, given the ability of mucopolysaccharides to retain water, therefore it is very effective in the treatment of dehydrated skin. Used after hair removal, it has soothing and calming properties. It is suitable for cleaning acne-prone skin for removing impurities. In short, it is a formidable plant, with a thousand uses and properties.