Medicinal plants

Aloe products

Introduction

Aloe is a succulent or succulent plant with multiple properties. Known since ancient times, aloe was used to treat injuries and wounds, but also other diseases, so much so that it was given the term «miraculous plant» or «herb of health». Used in ancient Japanese culture, aloe was also referred to as «Isha Irasu», which means «not needing a doctor. Also mentioned in the Bible, aloe was even called «divine scepter», to identify it as a gift left to men directly by God. The fame of aloe has also been handed down to the present day, also fueling a thriving business of natural products based on some known varieties of aloe. This plant, in fact, includes several species, but the best known are aloe vera or bardadensis and aloe arborescens. The morphology of the two plants is similar, while the concentration of the active ingredients used in herbal medicine and phytotherapy changes. This is why the two different varieties of aloe are used in different herbal products indicated for specific ailments.

Features


Aloe is a succulent plant belonging to the Aloaceae family. Now cultivated all over the world, from Africa, Australia, the Americas, Asia and Europe, it grows spontaneously on the edges of arid and stony roads. Due to its particular habit, aloe is also cultivated for ornamental purposes on terraces and balconies of temperate areas. Often, even if the plant is kept in the garden or in another outdoor space to embellish it, it is also cut off to use the leaves and to obtain DIY herbal products. The only DIY herbal products you can get using aloe leaves are gel and cream. The first is extracted from the internal and soft part of the leaves, suitably deprived of the external part, while the second is obtained by mixing other oily compounds with the gel.

Products

From aloe, as already mentioned, in the previous paragraph, it is possible to obtain products for external use, such as gel and cream, easily prepared even at home. In the previous insights dedicated to the characteristics of aloe vera we have also explained some techniques to prepare the aloe cream and gel. Since we have already covered the subject, we prefer to focus on the wide range of aloe-based herbal products currently on the market.

Aloe vera products

Herbal products based on aloe vera can take the form of juice, tablets, gel, serum, face cream, face and body lotion, and deodorant. Juice and tablets are products to be used systemically. Aloe vera juice can be added to other herbs, such as noni, orange or blueberry. Sold in half-liter or one-liter packs, aloe vera juice is indicated in case of psychophysical stress, intestinal disorders, such as colitis, gastritis and ulcers. The addition of other herbs can enhance the purifying, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of aloe juice. Aloe vera tablets, on the other hand, are based on a gel obtained from the dehydration of the leaves of the plant. This procedure increases the concentration of the active ingredients of aloe, especially in the polysaccharide content. Aloe vera tablets follow the same therapeutic indications provided for juice, even if they have the advantage of being able to be taken in a simpler and more practical way and can be used even while traveling without running the risk of contaminating the active ingredients of aloe. , which can easily happen with juice. Aloe vera-based cosmetic products can be pure or added with other plant and herbal oils. These products are used in case of dermatitis and redness, but also as protective and refreshing of the skin. There is also a cold titrated aloe gel with immediate action on the market. This product, added with mint, blueberry, gotu kola, eucalyptus and menthol, gives a cold sensation on sore, tired, fatigued legs and with evident capillaries,

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