Aloe (babosa)

Summary

Anti-inflammatory medicinal plant and disinfectant used for wounds and burns, it is usually presented in the form of gels or ointments.

names

Name in Portuguese: aloe, aloe (in Brazil), aloe, aloe-great, herb-aloe
Binomial name: Aloe vera (L.) Burm.f., Aloe barbadensis Mill.
French name: aloe , aloe vera
English name: aloe
German name: Aloe
Italian name: aloe
Spanish name:  aloe

Family

Liliaceae

Constituents

Mucilages, anthraquinones, aloin, amino acids, vitamins (E, C…), saponins, barbalodin

parts used

Leaves (leaf gel, concentrated juice)

effects of aloe vera

External use (in ointment, gel,)
– Anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, antiseptic, fungicide, disinfectant, anti-aging.

Internal use (xarope, liquid)
– Laxative (large intestine stimulant), purgative, emmenagogue

Indications aloe vera – aloe vera

External use
– 1st and 2nd degree burns , wounds, sunburn , inflammation, cuts, canker sores , skin irritations, psoriasis (as an adjunct), dry skin , blisters , eczema (including atopic dermatitis), corns and calluses , as an anti -inflammatory aging.

Internal use
– Occasional constipation (short-term use), vomiting, type 2 diabetes (also see Notes below),  irritable bowel syndrome , asthma .

Secundary effects

Possible but rare risk of developing an allergy (like all plants). In internal use (eg juice): risk of colitis, diarrhea, abdominal pain and hypokalemia. Be careful of the photosensitizing effect after sun exposure. Please read the package insert and seek expert advice.

contraindications

For internal use: pregnancy, children, breastfeeding women, kidney failure, liver disease, people with uremia. Please read the package insert and seek expert advice.

Interactions

we do not know

Aloe-based preparations

– Gel the aloe vera

– Aloe vera ointment

– Sunscreen based on aloe vera

– Aloe vera solution

– Mouthwash based on aloe vera (against canker sores)

Where does aloe vera grow?

Aloe vera grows in hot countries (Africa), but it can also grow in many places around the world. Ideal as a home remedy to have around in case of minor burns.
Aloe vera grows in well-draining soil that is exposed to full sun.
It can reach about 60 cm in height.

When to harvest aloe vera?

You can cut the aloe vera leaf every year to extract the gel.

Comments

– It is a plant widely used in cosmetics, particularly as a moisturizing cream and as a post-sun lotion.

Efficacy in dermatological diseases

In a special July 2020 issue of the French journal Science & Vie published on medicinal plants, which studied the effectiveness of 77 medicinal plants, aloe (aloe) was found to be a plant likely to be effective in dermatological disorders (e.g. burns, a 2007 study – DOI: 10.1016/j.burns.2006.10.384 – showed a decrease in healing time of nearly 9 days) and as an anti-aging agent. To reach this conclusion, the French journal was based on several studies published between 2007 (the one mentioned above) and 2012.

– Aloe vera gel contains approximately 90% water. The rest is based on amino acids, vitamins (A, C and E) and other nutrients.

– In the market, we find aloe vera-based gel, but it is essential to know that this gel is even more effective if used fresh, as in this remedy.

– It is interesting to note that more than 90% of aloe sold worldwide for internal use (juice and oral gel) does not contain the laxative part of the plant (latex removed).

– Legend has it that Queen Cleopatra used aloe vera, which gave her all her beauty. What is certain is that the Ancient Egyptians used aloe vera.

– Aloe (aloe) is on the list of remedies offered by the SUS (Unified Health System) in Brazil.

– It is estimated that there are more than 200 species of aloe in the world.

– Aloe is a perennial plant. This plant is easy to grow in an apartment, which allows you to use it to treat everyday ailments (burns, wounds).

– According to a June 2016 study, aloe vera would be effective against diabetes when taken orally, at least in part, due to lowering blood sugar levels (glycemia). To reach these conclusions, the researchers performed a meta-analysis, a study of studies. They observed a decrease in fasting blood glucose and glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c), two markers of diabetes, in people who used aloe vera orally. This meta-analysis included 283 participants. Aloe vera ingestion led to an average decrease in fasting blood glucose of 46.6 mg/dL (0.466 g/L) and in HbA1c of 1%. This study was carried out by the Department of Pharmacy at the University of the Pacific in California, USA, and published on June 17, 2016 in the specialized journalThe Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

aloe based recipe

Tincture of aloe
Indications:
As a base for the preparation of ointments, lotions, lip balm. This also allows for good conservation of the aloe vera gel.

Ingredients:
– Approximately 1/3 of an aloe leaf
– Mixture of 50% water and 50% alcohol, vodka can also be used

Preparation:
– Macerate the aloe in a mortar (pestle)
– In a bowl, place the macerated aloe and the hydroalcoholic mixture (water and alcohol)
– Let it rest for about 3 weeks
– Filter

Shelf life:
– About six weeks

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