Read Aloe vera and The well being
We should all grow one foot of aloe vera on our balcony or terrace because to enjoy its benefits nothing beats a natural product. Even if you are not experienced, this plant is easy to grow: it thrives without particular attention, needs little water, supports shade and poor soil. The only precaution, it can not withstand temperatures below 5 degrees.
I have a beautiful plant under the porch of our entrance where it grows without problem giving me pretty small seedlings that are easily re-potted. To cure a small scratch or a slight burn, I cut a large piece of leaf of my aloe which I size in the length direction and I extract the gel by pressing. On a well-cleaned skin with water and soap, I apply a generous layer of this gel on the lesion to be treated. It is recommended to repeat the application 2 to 3 times a day. I am always very surprised to find that this gel dries quickly to leave the skin very soft, that it helps in the healing and relieves small burns
Aloe vera is a siliceous plant (such as onion and shallot), native to Mexico and known as succulent. Its leaves contain a viscous gel very rich in nutrients and poly saccharides. This plant has been used for a long time to treat burns, minor injuries and other skin problems but also in the manufacture of medical care and cosmetics. Although scientists do not know precisely the mode of action of aloe vera, they nevertheless identified many of its active ingredients:
- Viscous substances with a calming effect.
- Anti-inflammatory components.
- Magnesium lactate that soothes itch.
- An enzyme, bradykinase, which acts as a local analgesic.
- Substances that facilitate healing by dilating the blood vessels and increasing blood flow to the injured areas.
- A chemical found in the outer envelope of aloe, acemannan, may have antiviral activity. However, many complementary studies are needed to enable scientists to confirm their usefulness.