The Features and Benefits of Aloe Vera

October 27, 2009 at 7:08 pm 4 comments


If you ever ventured into skin care or herbal medicine, you couldn’t have possibly missed the name of Aloe Vera. Officially known as Aloe Barbadensis, the plant has been in beauty and health business for several thousand years, famous for its therapeutic effects at least since the ancient Egypt. A native of North Africa, Aloe has gained broad recognition as a smoother, restorer, revitalizer, and is nowadays commonly cultivated throughout the world. There is an increasing demand for the Aloe products, as well as an increasing army of customers for them.

Medical Qualities of Aloe Vera

Skin Care

The Aloe products, like Aloe gel and Aloe oil concentrate, are most known for treating skin conditions. Psoriasis, shingles, itching, , as well as abrasions, cuts, burns are believed to be relieved by the Aloe leaf gel. The anti-inflammatory elements contained in high concentrations in Aloe leaves soothe disturbed skin.

Immunity Booster

Although still needing research, the plant’s qualities to enhance our immune system are emerging as a newly discovered Aloe virtue. This may add to the medical value of the plant immensely as we can possibly discover that a couple ounces of Aloe juice daily could reduce the threats of dozens of viruses preying on our organism.

Some people drink Aloe oil, or juice, in certain amounts every day, and there are no general side-effects reported. Individuals with allergies of certain types may experience rash or itchiness. Pregnant or nursing women are advised not to take Aloe products internally.

Choosing Good Aloe Products

Like with any herbal products, the best Aloe is the purest one. Look for the extracts with as little additives as possible. Aloe gel, juice and oil do not require any fillers or artificial colours to exert their therapeutic effects, and you really don’t need any sugar, silica or starch in your Aloe product. While those making money producing Aloe extracts may pursue their economic interest by making the production process cheaper, you may find in your Aloe product plenty of things you don’t need. Additionally, high quality Aloe juice and oil are those produced with cold pressing.

Most of Aloe Vera products on the market are of very average quality because they contain extracts of low concentration. It is advisable to seek those products that are based on the 200:1 concentrate, and were prepared with the spray drying method. Such extracts will normally cost more, and are more difficult to find, yet this is certainly a case when some additional expenditures are well justified.

Here is a recipe for a super immune booster using aloe vera.



  1. Put 1 cup of fresh orange juice in a blender.
  2. Add about 1-2 Tablespoons of the inside pulp of an aloe vera leaf. A good way to get this pulp is to cut off about 1 1/2 inches of thick leaf and then slice down the one side with a knife. Then scrape out the pulp from core area with the knife.
  3. Add about 4 Tablespoons of fresh lemon juice.
  4. Add desired amount of water. (somewhere around 1/4 cup is good)
  5. Blend the ingredients on medium for about 10-15 seconds.
  6. Drink right away. Excellent for your health.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. nicola  |  November 19, 2009 at 11:26 am

    A very good article.
    Aloe vera has an abundance of vitimins and minerals,including the rare Vitimin B12-one of only two vegetable sources available.This makes it a very good supplement for vegans.
    Aloe also contains seven essential amino acids,the ‘building blocks’ of protein.

    You are quite right to mention that there are poor quality products on the market,and paying that bit extra for a high quality Certified product ,is more likely to have a positve effect on your health.
    I am a vegan myself,and for that reason have been using Forever Living products Aloe vera gel.It is mentioned as being suitable for vegans in The Animal Free Shopper,which is published by the Vegan Society.

    I am an independant distributor of a whole range of Aloe products such as drinks,skincare and supplements. Feel free to contact me for more info,i would be delighted to tell you more!

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