Aloe vera is a succulent plant from the family of Aloeacee that prefers hot, dry climates. It is a fleshy plant perennial shrub, up to 1 m high. The leaves are arranged in a tuft, simple, 40-60 cm long, long lance-shaped, with acute apex, have very thick cuticle and are fleshy because of abundant parenchyma aquifers present within them and have spines only along the sides. Flowers are floriferous scape that rises from the center of the leaves, inflorescence consists of a racemate with axis enlarged. They are in color from yellow to red. The plant is self-sterile, so you play only with the cross-pollination, as the male and female flowers on the same plant do not cross each other. The use of aloe is very old, as evidenced by some of cuneiform clay tablets discovered in the late nineteenth century by a group of archaeologists in the Mesopotamian city of Nippur, near Baghdad, Iraq, and dated around 2000 BC Aloe was known and used by the Egyptians also for preparations for embalming or care and body hygiene or as a healing, and mentioned several times in the Bible as aromatic plant or for the preparation of ointments before burial . The systematic study of this plant, however, began only in 1959, thanks to a Texan pharmacist Bill Coats, who devised a process to stabilize the pulp pioneering the commercialization of aloe without problems of oxidation and fermentation. In parallel, the US government officially declared the healing properties of this plant for the treatment of burns. Since then, he studies sull'Aloe are very active worldwide. From a chemical point of view, we can distinguish three major classes of components in the aloe: the complex sugars - especially glucomannans among which the acemannan - in clear gel inside, with immuno-stimulants; anthraquinones in the green part of the leaf leathery, strongly laxative action, and various other substances, such as minerals, vitamins, amino acids, organic acids, phospholipids, enzymes, lignins and saponins.
Alleged medicinal properties.
- Regenerating: Stimulates the growth of the epithelium in the wounds;
- Proteolytic and healing: dissolves and absorbs enzymatically dead or damaged cells, stimulating the regeneration process;
- Inflammatory: accompanies and helps to overcome the inflammatory process;
- Antipyretic: relieves burning from burns, inflammation and fever;
- Humectant: it is moisturizing, favoring water retention in skin tissues;
- Analgesic: relieves pain, even in the depths;
- Fungicide: hinders growth of fungi;
- Virostatica: hinders growth of viruses;
- Bacteriostatic: inhibits the growth of bacteria;
- Hemostatic: reduces bleeding lesions;
- Antipruritic: it relieves the itching;
- Detoxifying: helps detox the body of impurities of toxins;
- Anticancer properties
The peripheral part of the leaf contains aloin, an anthraquinone drugs with laxative effect and irritation of the colon and (assumed) abortion pregnant. For this reason it is not recommended to be taken by mouth preparations that contain aloe vera the outside (green) leaf.
The information is not medical advice and may not be accurate. The information contained herein is for illustrative purposes only and does not replace medical advice.
Available: Suckers, Potted Plant different diameters and different sizes.