Aloe Vera is a plant that is grown throughout much of the world for its ornamental and medical benefits. The extracts and juice of the plant have long been used in herbal medicine and there are number of claims about its benefits to human health. There have been numerous scientific studies done on aloe vera, but many have produced conflicting results. The following are some most common uses of aloe vera.
Uses of aloe vera
- Evidence suggests that extracts of aloe vera are useful in the treatment of burns and other skin wounds. It is also considered to be a soothing, antibacterial and moisturizing ingredient. This is why it is commonly used in many skin lotions and other cosmetic products.
- The juice of the aloe vera plant is considered by some to be good for the digestive system and has a natural laxative effect. It is commonly used for conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and heartburn. It is also said to be able to reduce inflammation in those suffering with colitis and some research suggests that it can help improve blood sugar levels for those with diabetes.
- Aloe vera gel can be used to dilute sheep semen for artificial insemination.
- Some research suggests it could be a suitable food preservative and it can also be used in cooking for its ability to gel together.
- It is also commonly used in facial tissues to reduce irritation and chafing caused by wiping the nose.
- Research has also commenced to develop biofuels from the Seeds of the aloe vera plant.