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Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis)

Description

Aloe (Aloe barbadensis) is a plant that is short stemmed and grows to a height of eighty to one hundred centimeters tall. The leaves of the plant are thick, fleshy, lanceolate and with a margin that is serrated. In addition to this, they have a shade that varies from green to a grey green. The flowers of the plant are in spike form and the height is up to ninety centimeters. At the center of the leaf, there is tissue which contains gel that is commonly known as aloe vera or aloe gel. Though the plant looks like a cactus, it falls in the lily family and grows well in dry and warm climates.

 

Medicinal Uses

According to history, the first medicinal uses of Aloe (Aloe barbadensis) were noted in 1862. It was used in the making of Egyptian tablets. Currently, it is one of the commonly used medicinal plants and the fact that it can be grown at home is a major plus. The following are some of the major ways in which the plant is used for medicinal purposes.

 

  • It acts as a laxative and this is because the lining of the inner leaves contain aloin. This is an ingredient that is used in the making of laxatives and consequently, it is availed in capsule form.
  • The juice of the plant is used for the purpose of diminishing wrinkles and nourishing the skin.
  • Blisters, cuts and burns are often accompanied by burning sensations and the gel can be used to reduce this. Additionally, eruption of herpes can also be treated with the gel of the plant.
  • Dermatologists also recommend the use of creams and gels which are made using the plant for the purpose of treating skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and warts.
  • The juice from the plant is also used to heal rashes, foot sores, vaginal sores, fungal attacks and foot sores.
  • Studies are still ongoing on the effectiveness of the juice from the plant for the treatment of cancer. There are studies that indicate it helps with WBCs activation and promotes growth of cells that are non-cancerous.
  • The juice of the Aloe (Aloe barbadensis) can also be mixed with milk for the treatment of kidney infections.

 

Dosage and Administration

Administration of Aloe (Aloe barbadensis) can either be external or internal depending on the type of affliction been treated. It can be mixed with other fruits as well and in this case, it delivers minerals and vitamins which are essential for the overall good health of the body. For the purpose of preventing dehydration, it should be ingested during long travels. The dosage should be in accordance to prescription when taken in tablet form.

 

Parts Used

The leaf gel, leaves and latex are parts of the plant that are commonly used.

 

Benefits

There are several benefits associated with Aloe (Aloe barbadensis) and some of these are as highlighted below.

 

  • It is comes in handy for toughening the immune system. The plant has twenty three peptides and this not only regulates the metabolism but also accelerates it while at the same time, it purifies the body of any toxins.
  • It comes with some antiseptic properties which help with the destruction of fungi, bacteria and viruses. It is also essential for the purpose of stimulating and renewing cell formation.
  • Thanks to Aloe (Aloe barbadensis), several curative and therapeutic products are manufactured and this includes laxatives, vitamins, deodorants, body care and face creams among others.
  • It is effective for treating different types of ailments such as deficiency illness, depressions, anemia cases, constipations, and obesity, asthma, gingivitis, sprains and muscles strains among others.

 

Side Effects   

While there are no major side effects noted with the use of Aloe (Aloe barbadensis), there are a couple of precautionary measures that need to be taken into consideration.

  • Aloe has the tendency to gripe and consequently, this can lead to constipation. It is therefore advisable to use it with carminative in order to get the best results.
  • When aloe is been used for the treatment of diabetes, it should only be used with the supervision of a professional in the health care industry.
  • People who have intestinal inflammatory conditions such as appendicitis, stomach pain, intestinal obstruction, Chrohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis should not use it. Same case applies to expectant women as well as those who are breastfeeding since it causes purging in the child.

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