The aloe vera or aloe, native to southern Africa, is a perennial plant that is characterized by its green, elongated, hard, fleshy and usually leaves with marginal spines.
Flowers, red yellow depending on variety or hang all of a long stem. It grows in dry, sunny environments with low rainfall.
Basically used the juice or gel obtained from the pulp of fleshy leaves. May be collected at any time. majority contains water and abundant polysaccharides, amino acids, enzymes, mineral salts and vitamins.
Aloe has been used since antiquity in the traditional medicine of many civilizations. However, it is not until the end of World War II when its great therapeutic value is confirmed by checking their efficacy in the treatment of burns.
Aloe gel , applied to the skin , stimulates the regeneration of the same , which accelerates wound healing , prevent infection and antiinflammatory . It also has antiviral activity , significantly improving the development of herpes. Also has radioprotective effect, which prevents burning the skin to the ultraviolet radiation. As a result of all these properties, this remedy is one of the most complete and effective for treating injuries, burns of first and second degree sunburn, skin irritations and abrasions.
Similarly, it is highly recommended to treat conditions such as psoriasis , eczema , acne and fungal infections . Due to its mucilage content , also has moisturizing and softening properties useful not only in therapy but also in cosmetics and beauty care skin . Furthermore, orally ingested is purifying and toning . Is used as a digestive and in the treatment of gastroduodenal ulcer .
You can find fresh aloe juice , although you can drink more often use it externally , but is more common purchase in the form of gel , which is the main ingredient ( usually contains between 10 and 70 % aloe ) or one of the many preparations combined with other ingredients ( moisturizers, sun milks , after-sun products , bath gels , shaving creams , face masks, lipsticks, etc. . ) .
You can also get pure aloe gel a way home . Just have it planted in pots or in the garden and split a sheet into pieces about 5 cm wide , which is a small incision to sprout juice . Once collected is to be stored in a tightly closed glass jar , away from light , heat and moisture.
Aloe vera or aloe and Beauty Recipes
Mask of aloe vera for acne
First make a steam bath in the affected area based on rosemary and chamomile and then apply the pulp on the affected area for 3 days and after 4 days for 1 month repeat area.
Mask of aloe vera and cucumber for combination skin
Cut a sheet or Pencha aloe vera and cucumber. Place ingredients in a blender and blend for a few minutes . Place the resulting paste on face , mixed with 1 tablespoon of yogurt and honey. Leave it on for 15 minutes. Remove with cool water. Make this mask 1 time per week .
Bathing beauty with aloe vera
Grate two leaves of aloe . Keep them in a bag of cotton gauze and immerse in the bath full of hot water. Taking bath immersion and , occasionally , squeezing the bag to extract juice from aloe .
There are over 350 species of aloe, but only a few are of commercial interest for their applications in therapeutics, the most prominent being the Aloe barbadensis Miller ( Aloe vera or £ .. ), known as Barbados aloe , Aloe ferox and Miller, also called Cape aloe .
Aloe has been used since antiquity in the traditional medicine of many civilizations. The Chinese were the first to use it. In ancient Egypt it was often used. Historical documents of Romans, Greeks, Hindus, Arabs and other peoples of the earth warm line talk about their medicinal and cosmetic virtues. The Spaniards brought to America during his conquest. Thus, it was introduced in the plantations of the West Indies and in the semi-warm regions of the Southern United States.
Orally should not be taken during pregnancy, lactation, nor for children under six.