The Aloe vera plant has been known and used for centuries for its health, beauty, medicinal and skin care properties. The name Aloe vera derives from the Arabic word " Alloeh" meaning "shining bitter substance," while "vera" in Latin means "true." 2000 years ago, the Greek scientists regarded Aloe vera as the universal panacea.
History: Aloe vera has been used for medicinal purposes in several cultures for millennia: Greece, Egypt, India, Mexico, Japan and India. Egyptian queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra used it as part of their regular beauty regimes. Alexander the Great, and Christopher Columbus used it to treat soldiers' wounds. The first reference to Aloe vera in English was a translation by John Goodyew in A.D. 1655 of Dioscorides' Medical treatise De Materia Medica. By the early 1800s, Aloe vera was in use as a laxative in the United States, but in the mid-1930s, a turning point occurred when it was successfully used to treat chronic and severe radiation dermatitis.
Plant : The botanical name of Aloe vera is Aloe barbadensis miller. It belongs to Asphodelaceae (Liliaceae) family, and is a shrubby or arborescent, perennial, xerophytic, succulent, pea-green color plant. It grows mainly in dry regions of Africa, Asia, Europe and America.
Active components: Aloe vera contains 75 potentially active constituents: vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids and amino acids.
Vitamins: It contains vitamins A (beta-carotene), C and E, which are antioxidants. It also contains vitamin B12, folic acid, and choline. Antioxidant neutralizes free radicals.
Enzymes: It contains 8 enzymes: alias, alkaline, phosphatase, amylase, bradykinase, carboxypeptidase, catalase, cellulase, lipase, and peroxidase. Bradykinase helps to reduce excessive inflammation when applied to the skin topically, while others help in the breakdown of sugars and fats.
Minerals: It provides calcium, chromium, copper, selenium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc. They are essential for the proper functioning of various enzyme system in different metabolic pathways and few are antioxidants.
Sugars: It provides monosaccharides (glucose and fructose) and polysaccharides: (glucomannans/polymannose). These are derived from the mucilage layer of the plant and are known as mucopolysaccharides. The most prominent monosaccharide is mannose-6-phosphate, and the most common polysaccharides are called glucomannas. Acemannan, a prominent glucomannan has also found. Recently, a glycoprotein with antiallergic properties, called alprogen and novel anti-inflammatory compound, C-glycosyl chrome, has been isolated from Aloe vera gel.
Anthraquinones: It provides 12 anthraquinone, which are phenolic compounds traditionally known as laxatives. Aloin and emotion act as analgesics, antibacterials and antiviral.
Fatty acids: It provides 4 plant steroids, cholesterol, campestrol, B-sisosterol and lapel. All these have anti-inflammatory action and lapel also possesses antiseptic and analgesic properties.
Others: It provides 20 of 22 human required amino acids and 7 of 8 essential amino acids. It also contains salicylic acid that possesses anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.Saponins that are the soapy substances form about 3% of the gel and have cleansing and antiseptic properties.
Vitamin Wash with Aloe & Angelica Root Extract
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