What is Aloe Vera?

 

what is aloe

Aloe Vera is a cactus like plant. More precisely, it is a succulent and it contains a great quantity of water in its leaves and root system. More than 420 species of the Aloe plant family are used for herbal remedy and skin care purposes.

The Plant of Immortality

6000 years ago, Egyptians called the plant the “plant of immortality” while the Native Americans called it “Wand of the Heaven”. Cleopatra used the juice in her body for beauty regimen and Greeks used the plant to cure everything from baldness to Insomnia. Philippians used it with milk for Kidney infection.

Ingredients of Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has approximately 75 active components. It is rich with lots of vitamins, minerals, carbohydarates, enzymes, amino acids, salicylic acids and phytochemicals such as saponins.

Lignin

Lignin is a complex non-carbohydrate aromatic polymer present in all wood. It is a structural material of cellulose content that allows for penetrative properties.  Lignin is beneficial for skin problems like eczema and psoriasis.

Saponins

Saponins is a steroid glycosides found in plant tissue that dissolves in water to give a soap froth. This soapy substance is capable of cleansing and having antiseptic properties. It works strongly against anti-microbials like bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeasts.

Anthraquinones

  • Aloin: cathartic and emetic
  • Barbaloin: antibiotic and cathartic.
  • Isobarbaloin: Analgesic and antibiotic.
  • Anthranol
  • Anthracene
  • Aloetic Acid; antibiotic

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