Aloe Vera is a succulent plant species having a stemless structure with thick grayish or green leaves and an average height ranging 50-120 cm. This cactus looking plant which is found in our own backyard isn’t just a plant with its roots in folklore; but is the crux of a multi-million dollar industry, which extends from cosmetic products to diet and health. It is grown mainly as an ornamental plant but is popular among many contemporary gardeners and herbal users due to its abundant uses and magical medicinal attributes. It possesses antiviral and antibacterial characteristics, which helps in treating everything from constipation to diabetes. Aloe Vera has over the ages integrated itself into everything we use. But what makes this magical plant so distinguishable?
Uses of Aloe Vera for Beauty Products: Aloe Vera has been used in many beauty products for ages due to its many researched backed benefits. According to Bill C. Coats, “Due to the fact that skin requires nutrition, Aloe Vera when converted into a personal care regimen, can cure and provide impressive and healthy nutrition to the skin. The cosmetic as well as health care creams formulated using Aloe Vera is effective precisely for clearing acne and providing nutrition to the dry and sensitive skin. Moreover, it is also used in shampoos and conditioners for growing and maintaining healthy hair scalp.
Health Benefits of Aloe Vera: Apart from the cosmetics industry, the health industry is also reaping the magical benefits of Aloe Vera. The gel extracted from Aloe Vera is effectively used in many dietary supplements and juices, due to its rich antioxidants and anti-bacterial properties, which help in cutting out free radicals in the body, boosts immunity and supports in weight loss. Further, the protein found in Aloe Vera also aids in muscle development and provides the profuse amount of energy. It is also used industrially not only as an ingredient in beverages, yogurts, and desserts but is also ingested orally for conditions ranging from glaucoma to multiple sclerosis. In a 7 day research on 180 people suffering from recurring mouth ulcers, and Aloe Vera patch applied in the affected area was successful in diminishing the size of ulcers.
Protection and Luck: Aloe Vera is also considered by many people as having many magical protective features with the ability to ward off accidents and keep evil influences out. However, these claims are not backed by scientific experiments they help develop a positive attitude and perception among the people.
Therefore Aloe Vera plant is famous for its many positive properties regarding health, cosmetics, and protection. Most of these claims are backed by evidence but some of them are passed on from generations which curtail the need for evidence by many sects of the society.