|The leaves of A. vera are used in the production of many cosmetic
products. The many kinds of products on the market include
after-shaving gel, mouthwash, hair tonic and shampoo, skin moistening
gel, and even a 'health drink.'
This is part of the 'back to nature'
movement, whose adherents believe that using natural products derived
from plants such as the well-known 'health plant' A. vera is a healthy
way of life.
It has been known to treat frostbite, burns, radiation dermatitis,
ulcers, psoriasis, wounds, and skin infections.
Other health purposes:
- Toothpaste made from aloe or an
aloe extract helps combat bleeding and gingivitis in the gums and
helps to prevent tooth decay.
Dilates the capillaries,
thus increasing blood flow.
Due to the potassium which
it contains, aloe vera improves and stimulates the liver and the
kidneys, the principal organs of detoxification. Aloe contains
uronic acid which eliminates toxic material within the cells.
Aloe vera has very high levels of
calcium, potassium and zinc, as well as Vitamins C and E. These
minerals promote the formation of a net fibers that trap the red
corpuscles of the blood, thus speeding the healing process.
The Arabic word "alloeh" mean shining and bitter, and
likely refers to the bitter-tasting aloe latex.
When in its dried form, termed aloe, the latex is a drug
that is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a
potent laxative and cathartic agent and is also used as a bitter agent
in alcoholic beverages.
The gel of field-grown Aloe vera is reported to have a
pH of 4.4 - 4.7