The history of Aloe Vera depicts its usage from 1500 BC by Egyptians for medicinal purposes
Aloe Vera is found in soaps, shampoo, moisturizers, face and body creams, sunscreen lotions, hair gels, healthy drinks
Aloe Vera gel is packed with antioxidants and is also known for it’s antiseptic, antiviral and antibacterial properties
From beverages to skin product, Aloe Vera has found its use in many products for healing and repairing for ages. The history of Aloe Vera depicts its usage from 1500 BC by Egyptians for medicinal purposes. It is part of the succulent family, which is known for storing water in its leaves and stems. This makes them easy to maintain. It is not just any other green cactus looking plant sitting in your garden, in fact, it is used as a key ingredient in many products by multi-dollar companies. You can find Aloe Vera in soaps, shampoo, moisturizers, face and body creams, sunscreen lotions, hair gels, healthy drinks and beverages. When taken orally, it has shown results in constipation and other digestion problems. But are they safe to use? How to extract and use the gel? How exactly is it beneficial? Can people of age groups use it? You will find answers to all these questions in this article.
Aloe Vera has two parts, the gel part which is a clear jelly-like substance in the innermost part of the leaf and the latex which is a yellow sticky liquid that seeps out when the leaf is cut. Follow this method to extract the gel from the leaf:
The gel of Aloe Vera is packed with antioxidants and is also known for its antiseptic, antiviral and antibacterial properties. Due to which it is been used for medicinal purposes. The vitamins, minerals and amino acids in this plant make it beneficial for health and curing ailments.
The use of Aloe Vera gel tropically is considered safe, and there is scientific evidence proving its use for certain skin ailments. Although there is not enough evidence to prove its other benefits.
On the other hand, the use of Aloe Vera latex (yellow liquid) orally is considered toxic leading to abdominal cramps and diarrhoea. Also, research shows concern with regards to the Aloe Vera latex stating the possibility of the development of cancer.
For pregnant and breastfeeding ladies, Aloe Vera gel and latex when consumed orally is stated unsafe and can cause complications.
You need to consult your doctor before taking Aloe Vera orally if there are any other ongoing medications as there can be chances of drug interactions leading to adverse effects.
There are many potential benefits of Aloe Vera gel, not all are proven or has evidence showing the same.
Aloe Vera either extracted fresh from a plant or bought from stores, can be used for multiple reasons. Topical application is potentially safe, but one should consult a doctor before taking it orally, especially if you are on any other medications to avoid drug interactions.