The Aloe Vera is an essential medicinal plant that is mostly grown in the tropical and sub-tropical regions. Aloe Vera has a short stem and thick fleshy leaves, like those in a cactus plant. The color of Aloe Vera plant varies from green to grey though sometimes the Aloe Vera plant bears colorful flowers also.
The Aloe Vera is known to have many benefits such as:
Aloe Vera is rich in minerals and vitamins and regular consumption of Aloe Vera juice keeps the body fit and healthy.
The Aloe Vera is mostly used for digestive purposes. The juice of Aloe Vera is said to provide relief during acidity and irregular bowel conditions.
Aloe Vera is also used by the cosmetic companies as an essential ingredient in their products like make up, moisturizers, soaps, sunscreens, shaving creams, shampoos etc.
In present times, Aloe Vera is used as an essential component of face tissues so as to retain the moisture of the skin or to reduce skin irritations especially during summer.
Aloe Vera also has healing powers and is used effectively in healing wounds.
Aloe Vera is extremely useful in curing skin infections like boils which are caused due to bacteria and fungus.
In spite of having so many advantages, Aloe Vera is also said to have some disadvantages which are as follows:
Even though Aloe Vera is said to have a soothing effect on the skin, it can sometimes lead to itching or even can cause rashes.
Aloe Vera can also cause abdominal pain or cramps if it is consumed in excess.
The Aloe Vera juice that is used as a laxative can lead to intestinal cramps or even diarrhea.
The Aloe Vera juice can also result in miscarriages in pregnant women.
Research shows that sometimes the consumption of Aloe Vera can delay the healing of major wounds.
The dosage of Aloe Vera depends on the level of bowel tolerance in a person. Generally for children below five years it is recommended to take two tablespoons of Aloe Vera juice while for all others it can vary from two to six tablespoons of the juice.