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  1. Scientific name : Aloe Vera ( L. ) Burm.f. Common Name : Aloe vera Conservation Status : Not Considered to be threatened Habitat : Aloevera is a cultivated plant but naturalized populations occur in dry, often rocky and exposed areas. Key uses : Food, Food supplements, herbal remedies and cosmetics. Known hazards : the bitter yellow leaf exudates can be harmful and should not be taken by children or by pregnant or breastfeeding women. The colorless leaf parenchyma (gel) can occasionally cause skin irritation.
  2. Class : Equisetopsida Subclass : Magnoliidae Superorder : Lilianae Order : Asparagales Family : Xanthorrhoeaceae Genus : Aloe
  3. The Aloe Vera plant belonging to the Lily family which is part of a larger family of plants known as "Xeroids". Of the known medicinal Aloes, Aloe Barbadensis Miller has the Greatest medicinal activity and is the only Aloe bearing the botanical name Aloe Vera, Vera meaning true in Latin, Thus "True Aloe" or "Aloe Vera".
  4. The leaves are greyish green, growing to about 50 cm long, with margins that are pinkish with many small spines. The leaf surfaces are sometimes marked with white flecks or spots. The flowers are yellow, tubular, and up to 3 cm long, with anthers and stigma protruding. The flowers are borne in cylindrical racemes on a branched panicle up to 90 cm tall. Aloe Vera was formerly classified as part of the Asphodelaceae family, but this is now included in Xanthorrhoeaceae.
  5. Aloe Vera is easy to cultivate, no special requirements need . It should be grown in a well-draining gritty mix. The compost should be soaked when watering during the growing season, and allowed to dry out between waterings. It can be grown in a cool/warm glasshouse and put outside for the summer.
  6. Aloe Vera has been used for centuries and it is more popular today than ever. It is cultivated around the world as a crop for its colourless jelly-like leaf parenchyma known as 'aloe gel'. It is used for a variety of purposes in food, food supplements, herbal remedies and cosmetics.
  7. Aloe Vera leaf parenchyma (aloe gel) may be effective when used on the skin against psoriasis, burns, frostbite, and sores caused by the Herpes simplex virus. The green outer layer of the leaves of Aloe Vera yields a bitter, yellow exudates which has very different properties from those of the colourless parenchyma. However, research has indicated that the active constituents may have harmful effects and can interact with other medicines and herbal remedies.
  8. Aloe Vera contains many vitamins including A, C, E, folic acid, chorine,B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6. Aloe is known to soothe and cleanse the digestive tract and help improve digestion. Because of aloe’s well-known healing properties for the skin, aloe is one of the primary compounds used in the cosmetic industry. Aloe Vera contains 12 substances, including B- sisterole, which can help to slow down or inhibit inflammation.
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