Aloe Vera cosmetic properties
Aloe Vera is a plant of the Aloaceae family, which prefers warm, dry and desert climates, and has its natural habitat in the northern regions of Africa, in the Mediterranean basin, in the Indies, in the central regions of the Americas and Oceania.
The origin of the name goes back to the Greek root “Alos” which means “salty substance”, probably in reference to its typical coastal habitats, although there is a second version according to which the term derives from “Alua” which means “bitter”, just as it is bitter the juice of this plant.
Aloe is a succulent perennial shrub, which can reach 1 meter in height, with pulpy leaves wrapped in a protective film and with spines on the margin: right from its leaves it is possible to obtain a juice (ideal for inner use) and a gel (indicated for external use).
The plant has been known for centuries for its medicinal properties: the Egyptians used it for making balms, Hippocrates advocated the regenerating, anti-inflammatory and disinfectant effect, the ancient Romans used it to take to heal the wounds of soldiers.
Juice and gel benefits are real and help the body both internally and externally.
Drinking Aloe juice:
– it is good for gastro-intestinal apparatus to soothe gastritis and inflammation;
– stimulates immune system defenses, helping to protect against viruses and bacteria;
– makes large amounts of minerals and vitamins with antioxidant and detoxifying effects, as it fights free radicals and purifies the organism.
Not recommended during pregnancy and breast-feeding because it may make the bitter taste of breast milk or unpalatable to infants.
The Aloe gel, however, pure or added to cosmetic preparations is a panacea with soothing, refreshing, protective, regenerative and moisturizing action. In particular:
– it soothes irritations, itch, rashes and small scars and gives relief to swollen and tired legs;
– it refreshes irritated and dry skin;
– it protects the skin as a barrier, strengthening it and preventing it from drying out or to flake;
– it supports the regeneration of damaged skin, thanks to anti-inflammatory enzymes, glycoproteins and amino acids, and helps the purification of sensitive scalp with dandruff;
– it contains sugars that hold water and keep the skin moisturized, nourished and supple, fighting the formation of wrinkles and dark spots on the face and hands .