This succulent plant is not only good for our skin and a proven moisturizer but it´s also a wound and injury healer.
The use of aloe vera in cosmetics and skin products has proven very effective for skin treatments, as a moisturizer and wound healer. The gel inside the leaves is the raw material that is used for the production of the different creams. This gel contains water, polysaccharides, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, lipids, sterols, tannins, and enzymes.
Only a few species of the plant were considered for commercial purposes and pharmaceutical uses, of which aloe vera is considered the most studied and commercialized species. They have long been used in traditional medicine, scientific studies, and clinical tests.
Clinical and experimental studies have also shown that the oral administration of aloe samples (aqueous and hydroalcoholic extracts of the whole leaves) can be useful in a wide range of gastrointestinal problems, improving inflammation and IBS symptoms. An antiulcer and gastroprotective activity was also observed after the administration of preparations containing Aloe. It can also help reduce cholesterol and blood glucose levels in people with type II diabetes.
On the other hand, due to the presence of compounds called anthraquinones, which are found in the green part of its leaves, Aloe has a laxative effect. Although natural products and plants are good candidates for prevention or disease treatment, it should always be noted that they are not side effects free and that they can cause problems with long periods of use. Aloe is no exception.
Due to the confusion in the labeling of aloe products, the International Aloe Science Council (IASC) recommends that all products for sale made with this plant worldwide use the standardized common name “aloe vera” and specify the part of the plant.