Aloe vera is a perennial plant, which is mostly cultivated worldwide for its medicinal and agricultural benefits. The aloe gel is extracted from the fleshy leaves of the plants. This plant has been widely studied for its therapeutic uses, a few of which are described below.
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Aloe gel consists of many phytochemicals with a likely antioxidant property like anthraquinone C-glycosides, other anthraquinones like emodin, lectins, acetylated mannans, anthrones, etc.. Additional salicylic acid is also present in the gel, which has shown antibacterial properties.
Aloe vera has been utilized since early times for topical application and treatment of burns, cuts, stings, rash and any other skin infection. The vitamin E present in the plant helps in decreasing the harmful effects of UV rays like sunburns, pimples, and blisters. In a number of cases, it has been noted that using the gel on even third-degree burns, helps in faster healing of the wounds and restores the skin faster. Furthermore, the gel also helps in removing tan and stretch marks.
The anti-inflammatory property of Aloe vera can help in reducing many inflammatory conditions like arthritis and even reduces the joint and muscle pain. A topical application of the aloe gel reduces redness and swelling around the affected area and eases the pain.
Some researchers also said that Aloe vera comprised many substances which arrested the growth of cancerous cells and prevent tumor formation. The polysaccharides present in the aloe plant consist of effective macrophages that release huge amounts of nitric oxide, which has anti-cancer properties. Aloe gel also helps in soothing the burns and wounds that arise due to radiotherapy treatments.
With advancing age, the skin loses its natural elasticity and becomes dry, which increases the occurrence of wrinkles or fine lines. Aloe gel helps in removing the dead skin cells and moisturizes the skin. Some researchers also have stated that aloe gel improves the skin elasticity and delays the onset of ageing.
The pH of the scalp is acidic, i.e., 5.5. The commercial shampoos and hair products are alkaline in nature and can change the scalp pH. Any alteration in the scalp pH can cause hair-related issues, like baldness, dandruff, oily hair, etc.. Aloe vera removes the dead cells from the scalp, keeps scalp pH, reduces infections and soothes the scalp.