Aloe vera: The Gentle Healer

This widely grown ornamental plant is a member of the kingdom Plantae and belongs to the Aloe genus. It grows in wild mass across the tropical countries throughout the globe . They are cultivated due to it’s rich benefits in the fields of agriculture, medicine and beautification.

THE PLANT

This stemless or very short stemmed plant is 60-100cm tall and spreads by its offsets. Their leaves are green in colour. They are thick and fleshy. There is dense fluid inside the leaves.

THE FLOWER

This plant produces flowers witnessed only during the summers. Each flower is pendulous with a yellow tubular corolla 2-3 centimetres long.

BIOLOGY

The Aloe vera leaves contain phytochemicals such as acetylated mannans, polymannans, anthrones and a few others to be named.

Aloe vera forms arbuscular mycorrhiza .

( Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus is the kind of mycorrhiza that lets the fungus penetrate into the cortical cells of the roots of a vascular plant.)

In this case, this formation in the Aloe vera plants causes symbiosis that allows the plant a better access to the mineral nutrients, specifically, food for itself from the soil.

FAME

This species is famous for its wide range of medical values. They are grown on a wide scale as an ornamental plant. They are also grown due to their interesting flowers, forms and succulence. The succulence enables them to survive at unfavourable geographical extremes, specially referring to the low rainfall areas and hence, the temperature conditions as well.

USES

  • Weight loss benefits:

Aloe vera gel can be used as a catalyst to weight loss.Regular consumption of Aloe vera gel in lukewarm water, early in the morning in empty stomach can help one burn out that extra fat from the body. Addition of a table spoon of honey to it has proven extra beneficial to get rid of those unwanted calories.

This gel is full of polysaccharides and powerful antioxidants making our immune system much stronger. It also prevents the unnecessary growth of the free oxidative radicals inside our body. Thus, making our body toxin free and completely healthy. It gives a significant boost to our metabolism. This entire process in turn accelerates the burning of the extra fat leaving a lean and healthy body behind.

  • For a beautiful skin:

Regular application of the natural Aloe vera gel not only acts as a moisturiser, but also prevents sunburn, treats acnes and other skin related problems amazingly fast. They also treat the stretch marks and other associated factors related to skin aging; hence leaving a beautiful, clean and glowing skin.

  • For a healthy mass of hair:

Aloe vera gel is a blessing to human beings. Addition of a small amount of lemon juice to this gel, helps in the growth of a beautiful hair, if applied on the hair as a hair mask. Aloe vera gel is a wonderful conditioner for the hair. Also, it prevents hair fall and accelerates hair growth.

 

Aloe vera makes us smarter.

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