Aloe: useful properties
Probably such a plant as aloe, is known to all, and it can be found literally in every home. In total, there are about 300 species of aloe, both tree and shrub types. In our case, the plants that grow in our home in pots belong to the shrubs.
How to grow aloe
Aloe can be called an unpretentious plant. You can even forget some time for it, and nothing terrible will happen. But if you want to grow a really good and juicy aloe shrub, you can follow these guidelines:
- It is necessary to use light soil mixed with brick chips or charcoal.
- Soil intended for aloe should not contain peat.
- In the summer, a lot of heat, light and moderate watering is required.
- In winter, the room in which the aloe is located should be cool and bright, with an optimum temperature of 13-14 degrees.
- From time to time, aloe vera needs to be fed with succulent or cacti feedings.
- Young aloe plants are transplanted once a year, old - once every three years. Old are considered five-year plants.
Medicinal properties of aloe
Aloe leaves are rich in essential oils, amino acids, vitamins B, E, C, beta-carotene, fiber, and many other substances. Aloe also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. In cosmetology, aloe is used as a remedy for sunburn, psoriasis, dermatitis, acne, furunculosis, and other skin diseases. Aloe juice, whose properties are able to open the pores and clean them, moisturize and nourish the skin, because aloe can penetrate deep into its layers. Aloe restores metabolism, stimulates cell regeneration, inhibits inflammation and soothes irritation. That is why, creams that contain aloe in their composition are used to moisturize and protect the skin, while in the sun, as well as in a tanning bed. Beauty salons widely use relaxation baths in their services, which include an extract or extract from aloe juice, or canned parts of sheets.
To preserve the long youth of the skin of the face and neck, and without visiting expensive beauty salons and spa-centers at home, you can simply apply fresh aloe juice every evening on a clean and steamed face.In any case, each cosmetology company, in its arsenal, has a whole series of skin care products that contain aloe or its juice. Basically, aloe-containing preparations are used to care for young skin of all kinds, as well as to restore and nourish problem skin. The properties of aloe vera have absorbed, approximately, the following types of cosmetics:
- Cleansing tonics
- Cleansing creams
- Facial scrub
- Eye Gels
- Cleansing Gels for washing
- Lip balms
- Creams, lotions and gels for the whole body
- Body gels after depilation
- Shower gels
- Sun Protection Products
As you can see, the range of use of this plant in cosmetology is huge. But you should pay attention, in order that the product containing aloe actually has medicinal and cosmetic effects, it must contain at least 25% of the juice or extract of the plant. Then these tools will be effective and will be quoted along with medicinal ointments containing from 25 to 80% aloe in the composition.
Properties of aloe vera in medicine:
- Anti-inflammatory properties that are important in the treatment of burns
- Analgesic properties
- Antibacterial properties that are important for the fight against microorganisms
Preparations that contain aloe are widely used in almost all departments of medicine:
Basically, aloe is used in the treatment of:
- Diseases of the stomach or intestines - gastritis, ulcer, constipation:
- Eye diseases - conjunctivitis, myopia, all sorts of eye inflammation;
- Skin Diseases - Boils, Rash, Abscess
- Dentistry - inflammation of the oral cavity
- Therapy - Colds and Inflammations
Today, at any pharmacy, you can easily purchase aloe, the beneficial properties of which are obtained by combining freshly prepared aloe leaves and alcohol. Aloe juice is mixed with medical alcohol in a ratio of 8: 2, that is, 8 parts of aloe, or 80 ml of aloe juice, and 20 ml of alcohol. Such "aloe juice" is prescribed mainly for gastritis, gastroenteritis, enterocolitis, constipation, arthrosis, colitis, polyarthritis, conjunctivitis, periodontal disease and many other diseases.
Aloe syrup with iron is considered another of the most well-known and fairly effective preparations of the plant.The drug is a powerful combination of two active and very important components - aloe juice and iron. The medicinal qualities of this drug are manifested as a result of the ability of iron to improve blood circulation, as well as restore normal metabolism in the body. Well, aloe juice, which contains a whole set of vitamins and microelements, tones and strengthens the protective functions of the whole body and helps to fight against harmful bacteria - the causative agents of diseases. Aloe syrup with iron, as a rule, is included in a mandatory course of treatment of hypochromic anemia, which is infectious, intoxication of the body, internal bleeding, radiation sickness and asthenia.
Another common drug is aloe liniment, which contains canned aloe tree juice. The drug is recommended to be used for burns, but without rubbing on the burned parts. It is also used in complex treatment against arthrosis, polyarthritis, periarthritis, conjunctivitis, amphodontosis, periodontal disease. Aloe pills are less common and popular.Which are used in complex treatment of myopia, as well as myopic choreoretinitis. The tablets contain 50 mg of crushed aloe leaves.
In a wide range of eye or gastrointestinal diseases, liquid aloe vera extract or liquid aloe vera extract may be used. Indications for drugs alone, only the method of application is different, one is injected under the skin, and the other is used orally. But when using these drugs, you need to bear in mind that it should not be taken for cardiovascular diseases and pregnancy. Also, it is worth noting that aloe is strictly forbidden to use for those who are prone to tumors, because aloe is a strong biostimulant, and can cause the growth of tumor cells. Remember: the healing properties of aloe, only then medicinal, when used on doctor's prescription! Do not self-medicate, and be healthy!