Aloe Vera plant is known for its beneficial properties that are far superior to any other plant with respect to medicinal benefits. The most important part of Aloe Vera is its leaves that contain the substance in the form of the gel. This gel carries ingredients that can be availed from cosmetics, nutritional and medicinal purposes. It is used for skin moisturizing and also has other important functions like skin healing. There are many uses of gel extracted from Aloe Vera. There are products like creams, lotions, drinks, supplements, vitamins, masks, etc. all made from this versatile gel.
What is Aloe Vera Gel?
Not to be confused with aloe vera juice, aloe vera gel is the colorless mucilaginous gel that can be commonly obtain from the cells in the fresh leaves of Aloe Barbedensis Miller species. The gel with its unique appearance is transparent, sticky, odorless and in its raw form taste bitter.
Due to its rich contains in enzymes, nutrients and antioxidant, it is used widely for external treatments to minor wounds, inflammatory skin, skin irritations, burns, abrasions and bruises. Furthermore, containing 98.5% water, it is valuable use in cosmetics industry as a moisturizing agent in various skin care products such as lip balms, face packs, creams, sun lotions even shaving creams (ability to heal and protect small cuts and moisturize).
In a clinical study, it is suggested that Aloe Gel promotes and accelerates wound healing by directly stimulating the activity of macrophages and fibroblast which in turn increase collagen and proteoglycan thereby speeding tissue repair.
Studies also show aloe vera gel significantly reduced chronic inflammation through the bradykinase activity due to its numerous active anti-inflammatory enzymes.
In a study, aloe vera gel was put to test against petroleum jelly gauze for patients suffering from burns and was concluded that aloe gel healed faster (11.8 days) while the ones on petroleum jelly required (18.2 days) longer days to fully recover.
Use of aloe vera gel is not recommended for people who are allergic to ingredients of Aloe Vera. In case of any trouble, the best option is to consult a doctor.
Things to consider
There are some points that should be considered before applying the gel of Aloe Vera. If you are experiencing any condition like below, you need to consult a doctor;
- For women who are pregnant or nursing their babies
- Those on some prescription/non-prescription medicine
- Those using dietary supplements
- Those on herbal medication
- Those who are allergic to foods, medicines and other similar substances
This is because some of the medicines may have a negative reaction with the gel.
Use of Gel
This miracle plant gel must be used as per recommendation of the doctor. There are many products that incorporate this gel. The label on these products describe the dosage to be taken, so only intake it`s recommended dosing.
- Wash and completely dry affected areas. You can apply Aloe Vera gel as required.
- There are many commercially known products of this gel. Before using any such product wash hands and do the same after applying it.
- If you are on a set duration usage, don not miss any dosage time and continue it up to the set time.
Important information for safe use
People allergic to onions, tulips, garlic, or are prone to hives, itching or rashes will need doctor’s consultation before using aloe vera gel products.
Always try to get products that incorporate pure Aloe Vera gel. Best products are those that contain more than 95 percent of the pure Aloe Vera.
Almost all medicines have one or more side effects. These side effects are also dependent upon the conditions of a particular person like those mentioned above. Some of these side effects occur just once when you use any of aloe gel product for the first time and do not prolong. However, if any conditions continue for the longer period, ask your doctor.
In some cases severe reactions due to allergy result like hives, rashes, chest tightness, mouth, lips, tongue or face swelling, difficulty breathing, etc. These side effects do not occur normally. The best way is to avoid or use it by following the precautions. Using the gel smartly can change your life forever due to its ability to heal and repair skin cells.