Aloe vera – The Magical Herb
Aloe vera a succulent plant having around 500 species is widely distributed. It is also considered to be an invasive species across regions.
Aloe vera is a perennial herb which originated from the Arabian Peninsula. Though it grows wild in arid, tropical and semi-tropical climates around the world. It is cultivated for several pharmaceutical and commercial applications. In pharmaceutical application, it is mainly used for production of topical treatment which has been used over centuries. This herb is also found to be attractive for decorative purposes, and hence used in indoors as a potted plant.
Aloe vera acts as a coolant and hence finds use in many consumer products, including beverages, skin lotion, cosmetics, and ointments or in the form of gel for minor burns and sunburns. There are many clinical evidences for the efficacy of Aloe vera extract as topical drug and it’s also said to relieve symptoms of certain skin disorders, such as psoriasis, acne, or rashes.
It finds use commercially in food industries too, as an ingredient in yogurts, beverages, and some desserts. Aloe vera juice is marketed to boost the health of the digestive system.
Aloe vera is predominantly used in preparation of lotion, gel, soap and cosmetics product for use on the skin as a topical medication.
Aloe vera has been used in traditional medicine for skin treatment. The usage of Aloe vera dates back to early records of its practice from the fourth millennium BC.
In recent days, Aloe vera gel is used on facial tissues where it is promoted as a moisturizer and anti-irritant to reduce chafing. Aloe vera due to its moisturizing emollient effect has been found to be used in shampoo, face wash, moisturizer and soaps etc., in current scenario.
Henceforth, Aloe vera being used in several applications is said to be a Magical Herb.