Aloe Vera and Skin Conditions
Skin has seldom been thought of as an important organ of the human body. And that is not right, considering the fact that it performs one of the most important functions for the organism, being an overall shield that protects us from the damaging environmental influences. The skin does a hard job blocking environmental poisons and toxins, airborne viruses and rampant bacteria. Taking this responsibility, skin itself becomes sag, dries out, and gets irritated within time. But the humanity has found the number of ways to solve those troubles too.
For over 6000 years people have been using beneficial properties of aloe vera to treat a wide range of skin conditions: burns, cuts and open wounds, blisters, skin infections and inflammation, redness, bruises and much more.
Ancient Greek and Egyptian physicians considered aloe to be a miracle plant, using it to heal battle wounds and cure infections. Cleopatra has favoured it for keeping her skin’s youth, and St. John has mentioned aloe vera in his gospel, claiming the plant to be the ingredient for the Christ body.
Aloe vera products became widely available since 70ies, and since then aloe vera gel, extracted from aloe vera leaves, has been greatly favoured for its beneficial properties in healing skin conditions. The exact action of aloe vera’s compounds hasn’t been thoroughly studied yet, but it is considered that certain lectins in the gel stimulate the immune system for the increased production of the killer cells, lymphocytes, that destroy bacteria and tumour cells.
More active compounds in aloe vera gel include polysaccharides (complex carbohydrates), organic acids, antibiotic agents, steroids, enzymes, amino acids, and minerals. By penetrating into the injured tissues, these chemicals relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and dilate capillaries to increase blood flow to the injury. With their action burns and cuts heal faster, sore joints and muscles receive a protective barrier around achy area, and inflammation, redness, rush and itching relieve.
Moreover, the number of the aloe-based skin products produces skin moisturizing effects, temporarily diminishing blemishes. But the use of clear aloe vera gel is preferred to the use of the various creams and skin products containing plant’s extracts. Since creams and ointments contain alcohol, mineral oil and other additional elements, they may excessively dry out skin and leave it open to rash and irritation, while pure aloe gel is a combination of the useful vitamins and minerals only.
So if the pot with the aloe vera plant is still not there on your window-sill, it is time to think of having it by hand in case if any unexpected skin disorder happens one day.
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