Aloe vera is known as Chinese-aloe, Indian-aloe, true-aloe, Barbados-aloe, burn-aloe, first aid plant.
Habitat: It grows mainly in the dry regions of Africa, Asia, Europe, and America. It is a thick, short-stemmed plant that stores water in its leaves.
Part used: There are two medicinally useful parts; clear gel in the leaves and aloe latex just under the outer part of the plant leaf.
Traditional Uses and benefits:
Aloe vera has antioxidant and antibacterial properties. It inhibits the growth of certain bacteria that can cause infections, heal wounds, and treat skin problems.
In history, this plant is used for treating sores, first-degree burns, and sunburn. It is proved by some studies that it is an effective treatment for first- and second-degree burns.
It reduces dental plaque, and also is effective in killing the plaque-producing bacterium streptococcus mutans in the mouth.
This plant is one of the most effective remedies for mouth ulcers. According to some studies applying aloe vera reduces the size of mouth ulcers.
It contains compounds like aloin and barbaloin, which is useful in reducing constipation. Topical aloe vera gel can improve skin and prevent wrinkles.
Dosage and Precautions:
The external use of Aloe vera gel is generally safe. The oral use of this plant may cause stomach cramps or diarrhea due to its laxative effects. Do not exceed 500 mg twice a day for eight weeks. Long term use may cause liver damage.