"Aloe , native to Africa, is also known as "lily of the desert", the "plant of
immortality", and the "medicine plant".
The name was derived from the Arabic alloeh meaning "bitter" because of the
bitter liquid found in the leaves.
Aloe Vera is a cactus-like plant growing in the warmer climates of the world and
are described as succulents.
There is the fact that all succulents have self-repairing abilities.
It is green and fleshy with spines and is devoid of any stem.
Aloe vera is a very popular herbal remedy
It has been used widely for a number of ailments with promising results.
There are around 400 species in the genus Aloe.
Aloe vera -used in healthcare & health products
Aloe arborescens - used in healthcare
Aloe aristata - Torch Plant, Lace Aloe
Aloe dichotoma - quiver tree or kokerboom
Aloe variegata - Partridge-breasted Aloe,
Aloe barbadensis - Barbados Aloe, Common
Aloe, Yellow Aloe , Medicinal Aloe.
This is an older name for Aloe vera.
The components of Aloe Vera can be divided into the following groups:
It is rich in all vitamins excluding Vitamin D, especially the antioxidant Vitamins A (beta-
carotene), C and E and even contains a trace of Vit. B12, one of the very few plant sources
of this vitamin.
(This is important for vegetarians and vegans.)
Several different types of these biochemical catalysts when taken orally aid digestion by
breaking down fat and sugars.
(One in particular, Bradykinase, helps to reduce excessive inflammation when applied to
the skin topically and therefore reduces pain, whereas others help digest any dead tissues
in wounds.) Lipases and proteases which break down foods and aid digestion are present.
Calcium, Sodium Potassium, Manganese, Magnesium, Copper, Zinc, Chromium and the
Aloe Vera contains both mono and polysaccharides, but the most important are the long
chain sugars involving glucose and mannose (gluco-mannans ).
These sugars are ingested whole from the gut, not broken down like other sugars, and
appear in the bloodstream in exactly the same form.
Some of these polysaccharides are not absorbed but stick to certain cells lining the gut
and form a barrier preventing absorption of unwanted material so helping to prevent a
"leaking" gut syndrome.
There are twelve of these Phenolic compounds which are found exclusively in the plant
In small quantities, when they do not exert their purgative effect, they aid absorption
from the gastro-intestinal tract and have anti-microbial and pain killing effects.
The important ones, Aloin and Emodin, act as painkillers. They also function as anti-
bacterials and anti-virals.
This in itself is an inert substance but when included in topical preparations it endows Aloe
Vera with a singular penetrative effect so the other ingredients are absorbed into the skin.
These soapy substances form about 3% of the Aloe Vera gel and are capable of cleansing,
having antiseptic properties. These act powerfully as anti-microbials against bacteria,
viruses, fungi and yeasts.
8. Fatty Acids
Cholesterol, Campesterol, b. Sisosterol and Lupeol.
These four plant steroids are important anti-inflammatory agents
9. Salicylic acid
An aspirin-like compound possessing anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
10. Amino Acids
The body needs 22 amino acids – the gel provides 20 of these. More importantly, it
provides 7 out of the 8 essential amino acids which the body cannot synthesise.
What's in aloe vera gel:
• 20 minerals
• 12 vitamins
• 18 amino acids
• 200 active plant compounds (phytonutrients), including:
Triterpenes (a phytonutrient that lowers blood sugar)
• Glyconutrients & glycoproteins
• Polysaccharides, including:
Acemannan, mannose-6-phosphate polymannans
• Phenolic glycosides, including:
Benefits of Aloe vera:
In a single plant, aloe vera offers potent, natural medicine that:
• Lowers high cholesterol.
• Repairs "sludge blood" and reverses "sticky blood".
• Boosts the oxygenation of your blood.
• Eases inflammation and soothes arthritis pain.
• Protects the body from oxidative stress.
• Prevents kidney stones and protects the body from oxalates in coffee and tea
• Cures ulcers, Crohn's disease and other digestive disorders.
• Reduces high blood pressure natural, by treating the cause,
not just the symptoms.
• Nourishes the body with minerals, vitamins, enzymes and glyconutrients.
• Accelerates healing from physical burns and radiation burns.
• Halts colon cancer, heals the intestines and lubricates the digestive tract.
• Ends constipation.
• Stabilizes blood sugar and reduces triglycerides in diabetics.
• Functions as nature's own "sports drink" for electrolyte balance.
• Boosts cardiovascular performance and physical endurance.
• Speeds recovery from injury or physical exertion.
• Hydrates the skin, accelerates skin repair
• Helps in speeding recovery time after surgery.
• Aloe vera Plants are also helpful in healing vaginal infections.
• Aloe vera used to reduce psoriasis.
There is no clear 'active ingredient' in Aloe Vera
The way modern medicine works at the moment is to isolate an
active ingredient, test it in clinical trials and, if successful,
package and patent it for sale as a prescription drug.
Eg: willow bark from which aspirin is made.
Aloe Vera has not been very cooperative in offering up
Aloe vera has marvelous medicinal properties. Scientists have
discovered over 150 nutritional ingredients in Aloe vera.
There seems to be no single magic ingredient.
They all work together in a synergistic way to create healing and
health giving benefits.
The ten main areas of chemical constituents of Aloe vera include:
amino acids, anthraquinones, enzymes, minerals, vitamins, lignins,
Monosaccharide & polysaccharides, salicylic acid, saponins, and sterols.
Benefits of Aloe Vera to the Skin:
Aloe Vera acts as a natural barrier and shields our skin from dangerous
Aloe vera products contain the highest concentrations of healing agent which is
beneficial for the skin.
It makes the skin smooth and glowing.
It relieves heat on the skin caused by sunburn.
It destroys bacteria that try to invade cuts or open wounds.
It is an excellent skin moisturizer that keeps the skin flexible by giving oxygen to the
cells which in turn increases the strength and synthesis of skin tissue.
Aloe vera improves the ability of the skin so that it can hydrate itself.
It is helpful in removing dead skin cells and has the ability for effective penetration and
transports healthy substances through the skin.
It makes the skin smooth and glowing.
Aloe vera oil can be used on the dry skin to make the
skin normal and shiny.
Aloe vera is useful for preventing the aging of the skin. It
nourishes the skin and tissues with body-loving nutrients
such as vitamin E and C.
It lightens dark spots on the face and reduces the
intensity of pigmentation.
It soothes itching and helps restore skin's natural beauty
Therefore it is highly recommended at preventing kidney stone formation.
kidney stone is made up of calcium and oxalic acid crystal deposit
Aloe gel (from the Aloe Vera plant) is very high in both citrate and tartrate which
prevents formation of crystals
Studies have shown that consumption of just 100g of Aloe gel daily is enough
to reduce the build up of crystals in both adults and children.
Aloe vera in prevention of kidney stone:-
Reducing stroke and heart attacks:
Enhancing the quality of the blood will have a significant impact on reducing heart
attacks and strokes.
Eating aloe vera is like adding an all-natural
non-stick additive to your blood flow.
It stops blood cells from clumping together,
which is part of what causes a stroke.
Aloe vera, causes sticky blood to become
"unsticky blood," making it flow like it
should -- one blood cell at a time -- so that
oxygen and nutrients can reach every last
organ and cell in your body
Aloe vera can reverse "sludge blood"
while allowing the blood to carry more
In fact, it will also reduce high blood pressure because part of the reason blood
pressure is so high in some people is because their blood has turned into a thick, viscious
By reducing the viscosity and making the blood flow in a more frictionless manner,
blood pressure is automatically lowered.
The other benefits that come from eating aloe vera gel, are increased blood flow to
the brain, which means, improved learning, enhanced memory and better cognitive
function. These benefits have yet to be proven in studies
Benefits of Aloe Vera in treating severe burns:
Burns are one of the most traumatic ailments and the effects are both physical as
well as psychological since the scars formed are lifelong and has many social
Numerous modes of treatment are tried according to the site, extent and the
age of the victim.
There are numerous creams and gels effective in preventing infections and
other complication most of the treatments employed are poor with respect to early
healing and regeneration of the damaged skin and tissues and the only hope in
patients with extensive burns is skin grafting
The clear sap inside the leaves of the aloe plant has pain-relieving
and anti-inflammatory properties that soothe
and heal burn injuries.
Mucopolysaccharides are film formers that create a thin, protective covering
over the burn as the aloe dries; this film helps shield exposed nerve endings.
Choline salicylate is an anti-inflammatory that soothes burned skin.
Aloe is used in treatment of burns because
of its ability to stimulate healthy cell growth
and repair damaged tissues.
Aloe vera heals radiation burns from radiation :
Applying aloe vera topically to the radiation area will rapidly accelerate the healing
Consuming aloe vera internally will also help heal radiation burns.
Aloe vera can be applied liberally and it can be reapplied several times a
day. To help increase the soothing power,
keep the gel in a cold place, such as in the refrigerator.
Aloe vera gel as an anti tumor:
Aloe vera boosts immune function and destroys cancer tumors
aloe vera polysaccharides have strong immunomodulatory and antitumour
aloe vera polysaccharides exhibited potent macrophage-activating activities including
producing increased volumes of nitric oxide (which has antitumor potential).
That means the gel helps boosts immune system function while destroying cancer
This is an especially interesting effect of aloe: It makes vitamin C, vitamin E and other
antioxidants work better!
It actually potentiates antioxidants, probably due to its effect on enhancing blood
quality and allowing the blood to more effectively transport oxygen and nutrients to the
In fact aloe vera makes everything nutritious,work better due to its blood-enhancing
Aloe vera actually contains advanced
biochemical technology. This technology was
built by nature, and it's 100% compatible
with the human body.
Aloe vera ends acid reflux disease:
Acid reflux isn't really a disease.
The drug companies just call it that to convince everyone that they need to take
medications to ease the symptoms.
Drinking aloe vera gel on a regular basis, and your heartburn symptoms will
usually vanish within a few days.
Of course, it would also help if you'd stop eating fried foods and processed
Heart Burn are described as a condition which is caused by production of an excess of HCl
acid by the gastric glands in the stomach.
The condition is precipitated by stress, or consumption of spicy or oily food.
Aloe Vera soothes the inflamed esophageal tissues giving relief from the burning
Aloe vera cures gum disease:
The aloe vera actually heals gums and eliminates gum disease.
Merely drinking the aloe also helps heal your gums.
Just swish the liquid around your mouth a few times before each swallow.
You'll be bathing your gums in healing aloe gel, and they'll begin to heal
Even severe cases of gum disease can be completely cured in a matter of
weeks using aloe vera gel.
The dental uses of Aloe Vera are multiple.
It is extremely helpful in the treatment of gum disease – gingivitis and
It reduces swelling of the soft tissues and consequently this reduces the
bleeding of the gums.
It is powerfully antiseptic in gum pockets where normal cleaning is
Its antifungal properties help greatly In the problem of denture stomatitis,
ie. red and sore mucous membranes which are permanently covered by a
Cracked and split corners of the mouth are also subject to fungal infection
and this can be cured by Aloe.
Its antiviral properties help in the treatment of cold sores
It has a use in root canal treatment as a sedative dressing, healing
promoter and lubricant
The various forms of Aloe used in dentistry are: – the toothpaste; the
gelly for healing promotion before after
Aloe vera juice aid in weight loss..
It stimulates the metabolic rate, due to which more energy is consumed.
This helps in stabilizing and reducing the body mass index.
The energy which is burned is taken from the fats and carbohydrates stored in the body
It is said that drinking aloe vera juice through the week is equivalent to multiple
workouts done through the week.
Apart from stimulating metabolic rate, the other reason why aloe vera juice aids in
weight loss is that, it contains high amounts of the protein, collagen.
The body has to spend extra energy to assimilate the collagen protein in the body.
The expenditure of all that extra energy helps in weight loss, at the same time due to
the collagen protein, it also promotes muscle development.
Aloe vera juice is also a laxative, due to which food is forced out of the colon faster.
Hence, less energy is absorbed from the food.
As there are so many benefits of aloe vera it is called ‘the dietary plant’
Aloe vera saves animals and human from severe hemorrhagic shock:
phytonutrients found in aloe vera turns out that special polymers found in
aloe vera gel having the ability to potentiate the oxygen carrying capacity of
That means aloe vera gel turns sludgy, oxygen-depleted blood into smooth-flowing
Besides, the benefits are not due to one isolated chemical, they're made possible
by a symphony of supporting phytonutrients.
Aloe vera gel turns normal blood into super-oxygenated blood
A thin layer of aloe vera gel can be used as a natural food preservative, eliminating the
need for chemical preservatives.
Dipping fruits and vegetables in aloe vera gel would eliminate e.coli, preserve
freshness, and greatly extend shelf life.
it's easier and cheaper for food companies to simply add something safe and
You can simply make your own gel, then dip fruits and
vegetables in the gel yourself.
Apples, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, peaches, potatoes, grapes and many other
food items can be preserved in this way.
And when you're done dipping product in the gel,
you can either drink the gel in a smoothie or
put it on your skin as a skin rejuvenation treatment.
None of the aloe goes to waste, and your
fruits and vegetables will last far longer!
Aloe vera as natural food preservative
Aloe Vera Has Anti-Diabetic Potential:
In humans, aloe vera helps diabetes is that it seems to act by stimulating the
pancreas to secrete insulin.
For this reason, it is potentially helpful only for people with type 2 diabetes whose
bodies still produce some insulin.
However, one of aloe's biggest and most popular strengths is that it does not cause
weight gain, a common side effect of some diabetic medications.
Diabetics are likely to benefit strongly from
aloe vera's blood enhancements .
Since aloe reverses "sludge blood" and
boosts circulation to extremities,
diabetics suffering from peripheral neuropathy
are likely to benefit strongly from aloe vera
Aloe vera halts inflammation:
The sterols in aloe vera (lupeol, campesterol and beta-sitosterol) have significant anti-
Using aloe topically is well known to ease inflammation of joints, reducing arthritis
aloe can also be used internally, reducing inflammation throughout the body from
the inside out.
People who drink aloe vera for two weeks typically begin to experience a significant
reduction of inflammation symptoms.
People who drink Aloe Vera Gel with vitamin E and added Glucosamine and
Chondroitin Sulfates for two weeks typically begin to experience a significant reduction
of inflammation symptoms.
Aloe Vera relieves joint and muscle pain
This effect is directly related to the inflammation factor mentioned above. It works
when used both internally and externally.
Essentially, aloe reduces overall inflammation.
ALOE VERA CURRY
Aloe vera leaves ..... 2
Red chilli powder ... 1/2 tsp.
Coriander powder .... 1 tsp.
Asafoetida ............... a pinch
Fenugreek seeds ..... 1/2 tsp.
Aniseeds ................ 1/2 tsp.
Amchoor powder .... 1/2 tsp.
Jaggery .................. 1/2 tsp.( a
Black cardamom ...... 1
Star anise ............... 1
Cinnamon stick ....... 1 inch
Tomato puree ........... 1 tbsp.
Yogurt ..................... 1 tbsp.
Salt ................... to taste.
1. Peel and cut the aloe vera leaves into cubes.
2. Boil them for 2-3 minutes with salt. Drain and set aside.
3. In a pan heat a little oil and add the whole spices.Now add the asafoetida,
red chilli powder,jaggery, salt and coriander powder. Add a little water and put the
aloe vera cubes.Simmer for 2-3 minutes.
4. Mix the beaten yogurt to the curry and keep stirring on medium flame for 1-2
This curry goes well with missi roti and plain rice.
The most effective way to get the medical benefits is to drink the pure juice
1. You take a few leaves of aloe vera and cut them into pieces of a few centimetres
long and put this in a pot to boil.
2. Let it boil for a few minutes, but make sure it doesn’t boil over.
3. Take it off the flame and let it cool for about an hour, sitting in the water.
4. Then take out the plant pieces and drink only the liquid.
2 Green Apples
1 Orange, peeled
1 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
The first step would be to cut the carrots and green apples into small pieces.
Slice out the orange in such a way that each piece is secluded from the other.
Put the sliced carrots, apples and orange into the juicer and add to it a tbsp of Aloe
Blend the mixture in a juicer and drink it.
Aloe vera juice:
Instructions: Add all the ingredients except the aloe vera gel. Blend
until it's a smooth liquid (using a Vita-Mix blender is recommended).
Add aloe vera and additional water as your last step, then blend for no more
than 10 seconds.
Resulting thickness should be like a milkshake. Drink and enjoy!
Note while using aloevera:
Fresh aloe vera has virtually no taste.
Other forms of aloe will have a slightly bitter taste, so you may need to add
more sweetener if using dried aloe vera.
using fresh aloe vera is recommend , raw aloe vera right out of your yard if
Nothing is superior to the living, raw plant, but the low-temperature dried
aloe vera is the next best thing.
amazing ways to use aloe vera for your beauty!
As a skin brightener: Rub aloe vera on your face to decrease pigmentation and dark
Aloe is a surprisingly good moisturizer and is effective in combating wrinkles
because the skin absorbs it quickly
Create your own facial cleanser with aloe vera: Just mix with olive oil,
rosewater, and a few drops of grapeseed oil in a food processor. Keep it in
•Speed hair growth: Massage aloe vera into the scalp, leave in for 30
minutes and rinse. Aloe Vera is known to balance PH and stimulate the
production of enzymes on your scalp which help with hair growth.
•Tighten your pores: Aloe has properties similar to astringents, so rubbing it on your
face can reduce the appearance of enlarged pores.
•For those with eczema or psoriasis, aloe is possibly the best moisturizer available.
Rub all over hands and feet, put on gloves and socks and let it work its magic!
FRESH – Various injuries such as severe to mild burns, to physical wounds are
better treated using the fresh form of the gel, in these cases, the split leaf of the
aloe vera can be applied directly onto the affected area of the body, this form of
the remedy is also excellent for the treatment of dry skin, it is also the preferred
remedy for the treatment of fungal infections and the irritation caused by insect
OINTMENT – The aloe gel can also be prepared into an herbal ointment for
storage, prepare the ointment by carefully splitting several of the aloe leaves
and collect sufficient quantity of the exuded gel in a pan, this gel can then be
boiled slowly into a thick herbal paste or ointment.
TONIC WINE – The gel from the aloe can also be fermented to make a tonic herbal wine,
such a wine which is normally flavored using honey and varied spices .
INHALATION – The gel from the aloe can also be used in a steam inhalant for the
treatment of bronchial congestion and other respiratory disorders
TINCTURE – Consumption of the tincture made from the leaves is also possible,
while the taste of the tincture is not very nice
POWDER – The leaves of the aloe are also used to make a powdered form of the
herb, single doses of 100 - 500 mg or one capsule of the powdered aloe leaves can be
taken as an herbal purgative
Dosage of the herbal remedy made from aloe can differ for one disorder to another,
and depends on the person as well
SIDE EFFECTS AND CAUTIONS:
Allergic Reaction: Some people are allergic to eggs, some to grass and some to aloe
vera. Allergic reactions are usually seen visually as skin rashes
Skin Rashes: A genuine allergic reaction to aloe vera
Often occurs when you first start drinking aloe vera as it detoxifies the
body. As this occurs toxins can be pushed out through the skin and
may persist for several days. If you are concerned consider drinking
less aloe vera every day to slow down the natural process that is
taking place internally.
Stomach Pains: The aloe vera is probably working but you may be drinking too much
at one time which may lead to stomach pain
The topical use of the aloe gel for treatment purposes is essentially harmless for
most people, with the rare exception of individuals who may have some allergic
reaction to the aloe.