Aloe Vera - the Miracle Plant.
The amazing health benefits of aloe vera have been known for thousands of years, used by the Romans and Egyptians. Roman and Greek physicians used it.
Aloe vera is a succulent and a member of the lily family. There are over 200 types, but it is thought that there are only 5 varieties which posses medicinal properties, of which Aloe Barbadensis Miller has been shown to be the most powerful.
Aloe vera gel - the inner leaf is thought to contain over 75 ingredients. These include vitamins, minerals, amino acids, sugars, enzymes, plant sterols, saponins, ligin, anthraquinones and salycylic acid.
Aloe vera works because all these ingredients, although in small amounts, have a powerful effect as a combination - working synergistically. It is also an adptogen, which means that it homes in on what that organism needs health wise to improve it.
Aloe vera works on the epithelial tissues - skin and lining of the gut, the lungs and the genital tract, by preventing injury and repairing damage. It has natural anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial actions. It is, therefore helpful in conditions ending in "itis". However, people taking aloe vera also say they feel generally better, calmer, sleep better. This may be due to aloe vera's other property - balancing the immune system.