Known for centuries for its medicinal properties, aloe vera is now used in the composition of many cosmetic products.
This plant generates two different substances but both very interesting: latex and gel.
Insights on the uses of these amazing products!
Aloe vera: a plant from warm regions
Growing on arid soils, in the tropics and in all hot regions, we find this Aloeacea plant around the Mediterranean in particular. It is distinguished by its yellow ( Aloe Barbadensis Miller ) or red ( Aloe ferox Miller ) flowers , depending on the variety. Belonging to the Liliaceae family (like garlic or onion), aloe vera.
From the outer layer of the leaves , latex is removed , a bitter yellow liquid with laxative properties. The pulp or gel comes from inside the leaves. This gel, with recognized emollient properties, is used a lot topically. The gel, when diluted, gives aloe vera juice – normally it should contain at least 50% gel, check the composition!
Exceptionally rich in amino acids (with 18 of the 22 amino acids present in our body), the pulp also contains numerous minerals (calcium, copper, chromium, iron, manganese, magnesium, etc.), vitamins and enzymes that play a beneficial role in the digestion and assimilation of nutrients.
Latex: laxative effects
Mostly known for its effective laxative effects, latex owes its properties to the aloin it contains. It only takes a few days. In case of prolonged constipation, it is necessary to consult a doctor.
The gel: a concentrate of benefits!
The gel exerts a beneficial action on the digestive tract: it improves digestion while cleaning the colon. It can be taken as a cure for several weeks. It is therefore recommended to take a teaspoon before the meal.
Dermally, aloe vera gel has many indications:
Hydrate the skin: its first function is a powerful hydration of the skin. Penetrating quickly, it improves the natural hydration of the epidermis thanks to its content of polysaccharides which retain water in the skin tissue. It also stimulates the synthesis of collagen.
Relieve sunburn : aloe vera gel is a very good healing agent. For even more efficiency, we can prepare a mixture containing a large hazelnut of aloe vera gel and calendula macerate , with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and softening properties. Apply this mixture on the reddened area, several times a day (and of course avoid exposing the skin to the sun for a few days). You can also add a drop of lavender aspic essential oil.
Relieve an insect bite : applying the gel on the bite already helps relieve itching. You can add one or two drops of lavender aspic essential oil.
Treat infant diaper rash : baby’s irritated skin is a source of pain at every change. Aloe vera gel can be of great help. The gel can be applied alone, or mixed with calendula macerate, on the baby’s buttocks after the change. It is used for a few days.
Aloe vera, a real elixir!
A desert plant known for thousands of years, aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis Miller) is part of the liliaceae family, common to garlic, onion or tulip.
It has inside its leaves a translucent jelly with amazing nutritional and dermatological properties. To discover absolutely!
Benefits of aloe vera
A plant revered for centuries
A succulent plant from hot countries, Aloe vera is one of the 300 Aloe species listed. Known for its remarkable properties, it was already the plant of beauty and health in Ancient Egypt, which called it “the elixir of long life”! For their part, the Amerindians nicknamed it the “fountain of youth”. In Chinese civilization, aloe vera is described as “a remedy for harmony”.
It contains in its leaves a precious gel with many healing properties, which is used today both internally and externally. In order for it to be used all over the world, it was necessary to find a technique for stabilizing this gel, which is very sensitive to oxidation. This has been done since 1968 thanks to Bill Coats, a Texan pharmacist who spent part of his life studying this plant.
Of an exceptional composition, the pulp is particularly rich in amino acids (with 18 of the 22 amino acids present in our organism), mineral elements ( calcium, copper, chromium, chlorine, lithium, iron, manganese, magnesium, etc.), vitamins and enzymes that aid digestion and assimilation of nutrients. The synergy between its different components would give it its exceptional properties.
A treasure for the skin!
A real skin regenerator, Aloe vera has powerful dermatological properties. Healing and anti-inflammatory, it is also bactericidal and hemostatic (it interrupts bleeding). Skin problems (irritations, bedsores, etc.) and burns are effectively relieved by applying the gel.
From a cosmetological point of view, it deeply hydrates and nourishes the skin. In summer, it is very useful in case of sunburn!
It also stimulates the reproduction of dermal cells while eliminating dead cells from the epidermis. Used in shampoos, it balances the pH of the scalp and acts against dandruff.
A real natural beauty product! Face cream , shower gel , hand cream , gel , shampoo … it comes in different products all highly beneficial for the skin.
Its healing and remineralizing action also makes it suitable for toothpaste formulas .
For a more resistant organism
Consumed in the form of juice , aloe vera provides a concentrate of essential nutrients (minerals, vitamins, amino acids). Known for its positive effects on digestion as well as on the body’s overall immunity, aloe vera cleanses the colon, cleanses the intestines and promotes the elimination of toxins.
Its wealth of enzymes protects the body from viruses and bacteria.
Followers of purifying cures can take it in spring or fall to properly drain the liver. And the others throughout the year to relieve digestive problems and boost their well-being!