Aloe Verais also termed a “wonder plant” because of itsrejuvenating qualities.It has excellent astringent and healing properties and is extensively used in cosmetics and beauty products for all good reasons. It has anti-viral and antibacterial properties and the ability to treat your skin effectively. Ideal for people with oily skin as it offers a moisturizing effect minus the greasiness. Moreover, Aloe Vera has been treating various health conditions for thousands of years, such as eczema and psoriasis.
What does Aloe Vera gel contain?
Aloe Vera gel mainly contains aloeferon, anthraquinone, and acemannan. Aloeferon is attributed to adequate cell multiplication properties, thereby increasing the rate of healing of the skin.
For External Use
Aloe Vera gel is used primarily to treat skin conditions
It is beneficial as a moisturizer for acne, acne marks, pimples, eczema, skin blemishes, and wrinkles that appear mainly on dry skin
It relieves pain and swelling caused by insect bites, bruises, and minor wounds
It is beneficial to repair dry skin
For Internal Use
For internal use, Aloe Vera gel is suitable to treat gastritis and gastric ulcer. This gel coats the gastric mucosa, softens it, protects it and reduces acidity for its wealth of mucilage.
Active Components with Its Properties
Pure Aloe Vera contains 75 potentially active constituents: vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids, and amino acids.
Enzymes: It contains eight enzymes: aliiase, alkaline phosphatase, amylase, bradykinesia, carboxypeptidase, catalase, cellulase, lipase, and peroxidase. Bradykinase helps reduce excessive inflammation when applied to the skin topically, while others help break down sugars and fats.
Vitamins: It contains vitamins A (beta-carotene), C, and E, which are antioxidants. Aloe Vera also contains vitamin B12, folic acid, and choline which help in neutralizing free radicals.
Minerals: It provides calcium, chromium, copper, selenium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium, and zinc. They are essential for the proper functioning of various enzyme systems in different metabolic pathways, and a few are antioxidants.
Fatty acids: It provides four plant steroids; cholesterol, campesterol, β-sitosterol, and lupeol. All these have anti-inflammatory action, and lupeol also possesses antiseptic and analgesic properties.
Hormones: Auxins and gibberellins that help in wound healing and have anti-inflammatory action.
Amino Acids: Aloe Vera provides 20 of the 22 required amino acids and 7 of the eight essential amino acids. It also contains salicylic acid that possesses anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.