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Aloe Vera Gel - Known for its Soothing and Moisturising Qualities

 

Aloe Vera

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Aloe Vera has been used by mankind for several thousand years and over the centuries there have been many references to Aloe Vera in many cultures: from the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, as well as in the literature of the Indian and Chinese peoples. Several famous physicians such as Pliny the Elder, Dioscorides and Galen, the father of modern medicine, who first described how the circulation worked, all used Aloe Vera as part of their therapeutic armoury.

The plant of aloe vera contains a wound healing substance called aloe vera gel. Aloe vera gel is obtained from the inner layer of the leaf of the plant. It is a mixture of antibiotic, astringent, and coagulating agents. This extract, which comes from the family Liliaceae, may be taken in capsule form or applied to the skin as a gel. This plant may be grown at home as well as cultivated.

External Uses & Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel

  • It acts as an immediate and effective wound-healer, aiding in the treatment of burns, insect stings, and poison ivy. Split a leaf and apply pulp directly to the injured area, or soak cloth with aloe vera gel and bind on.
  • Aloe vera gel ointments, creams, and lotions can prevent blistering and peeling from sunburn.
  • It can help soften corns and calluses on the feet.
  • When applied to the face and throat, it can soften skin and hold aging lines in check.
  • It can alleviate the pain and itching of hemorrhoids and bleeding piles.
  • It can also be used as an effective hair conditioner.

Note: As an ointment, aloe vera gel may cause hives, rashes, itching and other allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Not recommended for pregnant women to take internally.

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