Aloe vera got its name from an Arabic word “Alloeh” — which literally means a thing that is bitter and shines.
This is one of the most wonderful plants that Mother Nature has given us.
It comes from a genus Aloe and is a sibling to onions and Lillies.
Aloe vera has a track record longer than 5000 years for its use of medicinal and therapeutic purposes.
Ancient civilizations such as Rome, India, and Egypt have used aloe vera since the beginning of its healing capabilities.
However, not all of the total 300 varieties of aloe vera are useful. Most of them are wild and toxic.
One of the most useful ones is called “Aloe Barbdensis Miller.”
Here are a few more that are useful to us:
- Aloe Indica
- Aloe Reusens
- Aloe Liorite
- Aloe Abyssnica
- Aloe Ferox
Out of all these, the most widely used is the “Miller”. So, let’s talk about it in a bit more detail.
Aloe Barbadensis Miller
“Aloe Barbadensis miller” is widely grown in semi-tropical parts of the world.
Because of its rich medicinal properties, this is the one that you would find in beauty-related products.
Most of the cultivation is done in places that have a warmer environment.
Aloe Vera thrives in a sandy, alkaline, and barren land and does not take much height and spreads equally around its root.
PS: These days, we’ve figured out to grow this plant indoors.
Leaves are mostly 1-2 feet in length and 3-4 inches wide.
If you peel off the leaves, it oozes out transparent tick gel.
This gel, if not stored properly and left uncovered, tend to dry pretty fast. Which limits its use to only making healing potions.
In some parts of the world, its flowers are used in cuisines extensively.
The plant takes between 12 – 20 months before it can be used for therapeutic purposes. At the minimum, the plant should be at least 1 year old before it can be used for any good.
One way to find out if it’s ready to use is to see if the leaf weighs around a pound.
Once ready, you can pluck out the leaf from as close to the stem as you can.
Make sure to always pluck out, never cut.
The gel, if you refrigerate, can last months if store in an air tight jar.
Chemical Composition of Aloe Vera
Here are the chemicals found in aloe vera.
* Alen Glucoside
* Aromatic Oils
* Ganlic Acid
* Emodine Elements
Aloe vera is a powerhouse of rich nutrients and minerals. Containing more than 180 elements, including 20 essential minerals and 8 essential amino acids.
To be honest, this is nature’s intended moisturizer.
*To be precise, Aloe vera Plant is:*
* Anti Inflammatory
Consider the following as a brief summary of the medicinal properties of Aloe vera.
- Amino Acids – Aloe Vera has 20 Amino Acids out 22 that the human body needs. And every essential amino acid that we need is found in aloe vera.
- Fatty Acids – Aloe Vera is a plant that contains natural steroids that comes with only benefits part of it. Cholesterol, b-mesosterol and campesterol and lupil substances are found in ample amounts.
- Enzymes – Good for our metabolic, digestive, and skin health. It contains the Bradykimase enzyme, along with many others.
- Carbose – Carbolic acids are the ones that give this plant its antioxidative properties. There are about 12 of them found in Aloe vera.
- Lignin – It is the substance that is responsible for it’s the ability to penetrate in our skin, which has a myriad of benefits.
- Saponin – Saponin is what gives it antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
- Vitamin-B1, B5, B-6, B-12
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
Sugar – The sugar that aloe vera contains is a godsend for our immune health.
So.. That was about it guys. Stay tuned for more informative articles on aloe vera and use the comment box if you are curious