Aloe Vera: un verdadero todoterreno

Aloe Vera: a true all-rounder

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You are probably familiar with aloe vera from advertising. As an ingredient in shower gels, it promises smooth skin, a laxative effect in teas, comfort in underwear, and fast wound healing in ointments. Aloe Vera: a true all-rounder! But what is really in all the promises? How is aloe vera optimally used and can you keep your own plant in your living room?


Aloe vera donates a lot of moisture

You are probably familiar with aloe vera from advertising. As an ingredient in shower gels, it promises smooth skin, a laxative effect in teas, comfort in underwear, and fast wound healing in ointments. Aloe Vera: a true all-rounder! But what is really in all the promises? How is aloe vera optimally used and can you keep your own plant in your living room?

Cleopatra already knew the cosmetic effects of aloe vera. It is said that he took care of his skin every day with the gel of the plant and it made his eyes shine. Native Americans used the same gel to treat their wounds. The Spaniard Christopher Columbus was so excited about the healing properties that he simply called aloe vera “the doctor in the pot.” And today, in the era of the most modern technologies and science, Aloe Vera remains one of the most popular medicinal and useful plants. The reason is very simple: no other plant has such a dense concentration of ingredients as aloe vera!

Aloe Vera: the lily of the desert

Aloe vera is also called the lily of the desert because it comes from the lily family. The plant is built like a cactus and originally comes from Arabia. It is now growing in numerous regions of the world: including the Mediterranean, India, the Canary Islands, and Mexico. The green plant grows without a trunk from the ground. A yellow flower sits on a short stem. The leaves are very robust and have small spines. The flower is more beautiful, but the leaf itself is more useful, a viscous juice rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc flows in the aloe vera leaves. In addition, the leaves contain numerous vitamins and amino acids that are good for the human body. Aloe vera contains almost 200 individual components that can cover all the nutritional needs of human beings! Two different aloe vera products are obtained from the leaves: on the one hand aloe gel and on the other hand aloe latex, also called aloe juice. To extract the gel, the leaves are peeled. The clear, colorless core found on the blade can be removed with water or a knife. Bitter and yellow aloe juice is obtained from the bark of the leaf.

Aloe vera works, but how?

Aloe vera has a cosmetic, healing and invigorating effect: everything is natural, without chemicals, without allergens! Aloe juice is used as a laxative. However, it should not be taken for more than two weeks. As it can cause severe hyperemia (increased blood flow) in the abdomen, it should not be used during menstruation, pregnancy, lactation, and with kidney infections. Due to this side effect, the juice is rarely used today. Lower risk substances have displaced aloe vera juice. Aloe gel is mainly used externally. It has long been an integral part of alternative medicine and modern cosmetics. Aloe gel is mainly used externally for all types of wounds, burns, skin irritations and psoriasis. So it is mainly used externally on the skin. Especially in summer it is very practical to have products with aloe gel on hand, as it can relieve painful sunburns and the annoying itch of insect bites. It should also strengthen the immune system. Aloe vera is so popular in cosmetics because it provides a lot of hydration. It is used in numerous care products, such as skin creams, masks, shower gels, lotions, and shampoos. The antiseptic, that is, disinfectant, properties of aloe vera accelerate wound healing and the healing process through cell renewal. So if you have a pimple, the aloe gel will heal it faster and the residual redness will go away faster. The high levels of enzymes in aloe vera have even made their way into our dishes and teas. Aloe vera has a positive effect on the digestive system and strengthens your immune system. For example, if you have an irritated gastrointestinal mucosa, the regenerative and analgesic effects of aloe juice will help, as will constipation. Aloe vera can even be found in underwear or stockings because it is especially gentle on the skin.

Aloe Vera at home – grow and benefit!

Aloe vera is a little natural miracle cure. Because the plant is not that big and the gel is very easy to obtain, you are probably wondering if you can just create your own little “aloe vera cosmetic studio” at home. You can! Simply buy a plant (it is available in all well-stocked flower and plant nurseries, sometimes also at the hardware store) or take it with you on your holiday in Mallorca. But you must make sure that the aloe vera has the botanical name “Aloe vera barbadensis Miller”. Only these plants are allowed to call themselves “real” or “true” aloes, as only they contain the amazing combination of power of valuable nutrients and vital substances. In summer it can thrive on the balcony, but in winter it should be moved to the living room. Otherwise, aloe vera is very frugal and undemanding. So that you don’t have to buy an expensive cream, you can simply have the pure, natural product at home. In this video about aloe vera, you can see how you can easily extract the gel from the leaves and enrich yourself with excellent masks and creams.

Aloe vera is a true multi-talented talent. Meanwhile, as a medicine, especially used internally, the medicinal plant has been overtaken by other means. However, applied externally, in cosmetics or wound healing, aloe vera is still a very popular natural substance today. The best thing is that it is very easy to maintain your own plant at home and thus you do not have to resort to expensive products.