Aloe vera is a medicinal plant that can now be found almost anywhere in the world. It is part of the Liliaceae family. Also called desert lily, this plant has the particularity of being able to live in a dry and arid environment. Consisting mainly of water, it also contains more than 80 active compounds such as amino acids, minerals, vitamins and trace elements.
Aloe vera and its therapeutic virtues
The qualities of aloe vera in the natural medicine no longer need to be proven. For more than 5000 years, this plant has been used to cure many ailments. Whether for external or internal use, aloe vera is a major asset in herbal medicine.
Aloe vera can be used for treat skin problems : eczema, acne, psoriasis, boils and irritations due to dryness. It also speeds up the healing process in case of burns or following strong exposure to the sun. It also promotes the healing of superficial wounds.
Thanks to its many active ingredients such as iron, zinc, calcium and B vitamins, it also contributes to the maintenance of healthy nails, skin and hair.
Consumed orally, it allows, among other things, to restore the body’s vital functions. It has, in fact, a hypoglycemic action, which makes it possible to regulate the blood sugar level in the event of type 2 diabetes. It can also reduce the level of lipids by eliminating cholesterol deposits. Blood circulation will then be improved.
Thanks to its laxative properties, it is a good remedy for occasional constipation. It also participates in the stimulation of digestive functions and helps to treat various gastrointestinal disorders. These include intestinal pain, heartburn, bloating and flatulence.
Aloe vera is also an excellent antioxidant, which considerably slows down cellular aging. Furthermore, it has been proven that a aloe vera cure strengthens the immune defences.
Galenic forms of aloe vera
In herbal medicine, it is used mainly in the form of gels, juices, lotions, creams, capsules and capsules.
Modes of use and dosage
The dosage varies depending on the form used.
- Juice: the maximum dose is 50 ml per day.
- Capsules: 200 to 300 mg per day
- Gel, cream or lotion: a thin application on the skin, 2 to 3 times a day
Contraindications and precautions for use
If the prescribed doses are exceeded, the consumption of aloe vera can be toxic. In high doses, it can cause severe abdominal pain, intestinal cramps and diarrhea due to its laxative effect.
Taking aloe vera is not recommended for people with irritable bowel syndrome. This restriction is also valid for pregnant women as well as people with heart problems.