There are more than 200 species of Aloe Vera but the two most cultivated are; Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller and Aloe Perifoliata Vera L.
Aloe Vera Gel is obtained from these two species of plants.
The part of Aloe Vera that is used for therapeutic and cosmetic purposes is the leaves. Two products are obtained from the leaves; Acibar and Aloe Vera Gel.
The Aloe Vera gel is at the innermost part of the leaf. Leaf juice is also known as Acibar juice is from the outermost the leaf.
To achieve high quality in both Acibar and Aloe Vera Gel, it is necessary to wait for the plant to have been grown for three years.
Acíbar juice is used in digestive problems. The main active substance in Acibar is called, Aloin. It is used as a stimulant-laxative.
The concentration and quality of Acibar depend fundamentally on the type of Aloe plant that comes and the time of harvest, summer is when the proportion of Aloin is highest.
Effects on the Body Immune System
Acibar juice has a remarkable effect on the immune system, it has antibiotics, and antiviral properties at the same time an analgesic effect. Pure Aloin, works internally, as a powerful laxative.
Aloe gel applied topically has wound healing properties for burns, sunburn and mild abrasion, inflammatory skin disorders.
It can revert the degenerative skin changes by stimulating the synthesis of collagen and elastin fibres.
Aloe Vera Gel in folk medicine
The Aloe Vera plant has been used for many centuries to relieve different symptoms and wounds, extracting its juice directly from the bark or skin of the leaf and applying it directly to the wound or burn.
Aloe Vera in Dermatology
Purified Aloe Vera has wide acceptance in dermatological medicine. It is used in the treatment of herpes, skin infections, eczema, first degree and second degree burns, dermatitis and wound healing. In case of acne, it is also very effective because it works as an astringent, it will help absorb excess acne and oil skin reducing at the same time, the formation of more fat in the epidermis.
Aloe’s Benefits Ingredients
Aloe vera contains healthful plant compounds active constituents: Vitamins, Enzymes, Minerals, Monosaccharide and polysaccharides, Salicylic Acids; among others.
Vitamins: It contains β-Carotene is an antioxidant that converts to vitamin A, C and E, which are antioxidants. It is also one of the few plants that contains vitamin B12, folic acid, and choline. Antioxidant helps to neutralizes free radicals.
Enzymes: It contains antioxidants and antiinflammatory enzymes: which are involved in scavenging reduced oxygen species and reducing excessive inflammation when applied to the skin topically.
Minerals: Minerals are an essential part for maintaining a good hair and skin condition. Calcium, chromium, copper, selenium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc.
Monosaccharide and polysaccharides have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and immune-system effects.
Salicylic acid, is the main active derived from Salicin, compound of aspirin; works as an antiinflammatory.