What is Aloe Vera
Aloe vera, the ‘plant of immortality’ according to Ancient Egyptians, is said to have been used by Cleopatra as part of her beauty regime more than 2,000 years ago.
Use of Aloe Vera in Various Sectors
Beauty and Cosmetics
The gel from the leaves of Aloe vera is a common ingredient in many beauty products as it hydrates and soothes hair and skin.
Food and drink
The gel from the leaves of Aloe vera is consumed as a juice or tonic that helps aid digestion.
The Aloe vera gel has been used traditionally on the skin to treat psoriasis, burns, and sores caused by the Herpes simplex virus.
Research has shown that when taken orally, aloe gel can regulate blood glucose levels and cholesterol levels, but care should be taken when taking Aloe products.
The green outer layer of Aloe vera leaves secretes a bitter, yellow fluid that has traditionally been used as a laxative. However, research has shown that this could interact negatively with other medicines and herbal remedies, so it should be taken with care and avoided by children and pregnant or breastfeeding women.