Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research (ISSN : 0975-7384)

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Aloe vera : A Potential Herb and its Medicinal Importance

Author(s): K. P. Sampath Kumar*, Debjit Bhowmik, Chiranjib, Biswajit

Aloe vera contains numerous vitamins and minerals, enzymes, a mino acids, natural sugars and agents which may be anti-inflammatory and anti-micr obial. The combination and balance of the plant's ingredients are what purportedly gives it i ts healing properties. The part of the Aloe vera which is used are the leaves. The Aloe is an Emolli ent, Purgative and Vulnerary. It is also used for its antibacterial, anesthetic and antiseptic pr operties, and is good to use as a tool for restoration of tissue. It is most commonly used on burns and minor cuts, especially good for sunburns, although it is being used for the treatme nt of skin cancer. Aloe is very useful on rashes caused by Poison Ivy, and it may help to draw out i nfection. It may help with Vaginal Yeast Infections, although this is not solid at this time . Aloe be made into a warm tea, made from the juice as a wash for eyes. The washing of eyes with Aloe may protect the eyes from ultraviolet rays from the sun. It can be used as a purgative. A loe is also an extremely powerful laxative, and it is not recommended that it is taken internally. It is recommended that the fresh juice from the plant is used, and not the store bought juice withi n other products or on its own. The reason for this is that the medicinal use of the plant diminis hes with time, and there is much questioning about whether or not you can receive benefits from the store bought aloe, even if the product has been filled with preservatives. It gives a healthy and supple look to the skin by reducing wrinkles, curing acne, rejuvenating and giving it a youthful glow.

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