About Aloe Vera - Aloe Barbadensis Miller

The only variety good for us is Aloe Barbadensis Miller. And on top of that it should be grown in a controlled environment with no pollution. it should also be of a mature age of 3 to 4 years for it to have anything beneficial in it for us. Plus it should be stabilised. 

It’s very common to see Aloe Vera plants potted on window sills or if you have the luxury, in your backyard. Aloe Vera is a great plant to have in your home as it’s one of the few plants that releases oxygen and absorbs carbon dioxide in the dark, making it very suitable for growing in bedrooms (Usually plants give off carbon dioxide at night). The Aloe Vera plant also has the fantastic ability to absorb toxins from the atmosphere, cleaning the air that comes into your home from poisonous toxins such as Carbon Monoxide, nitrous gases, pollutants in the atmosphere. While it does all that, where do you think this poisonous substance that is absorbed from the atmosphere is stored?

Many people boast of the fact that they grow their own Aloe plants and cut it fresh every morning for their intake. This is a common myth that the plants grown in your backyard or on your window sill are even ingestible. What they might be potentially doing is directly eating the poisons from the atmosphere.

If you are going to start using Aloe Vera, make sure that the plants that are used for the products are grown in a lead free, pollution free environment, without harmful chemical pesticides used in their cultivation. Also make sure that the Aloe you use is one of the top 3 “medicinal” types of Aloe and is at least 3 years old before its leaves are harvested for use.

Any Aloe Vera product that gets the IASC Seal of Certification is ensured and promised that the label of the Aloe Vera product is true and that the Aloe Vera content listed is true. It also means that the Aloe Vera product contains a quality of Aloe that meets the IASC standards. Lastly, it means that the Aloe Vera product uses Aloe Vera that comes from a certified source.

You can view the Aloe Vera products that have received the IASC Seal of Certification online at the IASC website: www.iasc.org.

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Aloe vera plant sliced


Aloe vera’s use can be traced back 6,000 years to early Egypt, where the plant was depicted on stone carvings. Known as the “plant of immortality,” aloe was presented as a funeral gift to pharaohs.

Historically, aloe vera has been used for a variety of purposes, including treatment of wounds, hair loss, and hemorrhoids; it has also been used as a laxative.

Two substances from aloe vera, the clear gel and the yellow latex, are used in health products today. Aloe gel is primarily used topically (applied to the skin) as a remedy for skin conditions such as burns, frostbite, psoriasis, and cold sores, but it may also be taken orally (by mouth) for conditions including osteoarthritis, bowel diseases, and fever. Aloe latex is taken orally, usually for constipation.

People have been using aloe vera for its soothing qualities since 2200 BC.

Can I consume homegrown aloe vera?

No you cannot. Aloe vera needs to be grown in a controlled environment so it does not absorb the moisture in the air. Here we have polluted air, soil and water and so aloe vera will basically be toxic to consume. It will do more damage than good.

There are 400 varieties of aloe vera and 11 are not to be consumed at all. As all aloe plants look same, it is difficult to differentiate. The only variety best for us is Aloe Barbadensis Miller. I personally take Aloe vera juice daily since many years. Have seen a lot of benefits.

How to Select and Store Aloe Vera for the Best Quality

Consult the label on your aloe vera product to learn about the best storage method. Generally, it’s best to store aloe vera gel and aloe vera juice in a cool, not-too-humid environment, such as at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Humidity and temperature can affect the shelf-life of the product. That’s why you’ll likely find aloe vera juice in amber-colored bottles. The dark bottle is designed to keep light from affecting the active ingredients.

Aloe vera is considered a supplement, and supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. That means there’s no way to know for sure whether the safety or potency claims on the product are valid. And there are loads of products that claim to be rich in aloe vera, but many of them contain no or hardly any active ingredients. 

There is one thing to look for, however, when buying your product: the seal from the International Aloe Science Council, which is an organization that’s been active since the 1980s. Seeing the seal on a product means the product’s aloe vera quality and purity has been tested and confirmed.

What is the active ingredient in aloe vera?

Active components with its properties: Aloe vera contains 75 potentially active constituents: vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids and amino acids.

  1. Vitamins: It contains vitamins A (beta-carotene), C and E, which are antioxidants. It also contains vitamin B12, folic acid, and choline. Antioxidant neutralizes free radicals.
  2. Enzymes: It contains 8 enzymes: aliiase, alkaline phosphatase, amylase, bradykinase, carboxypeptidase, catalase, cellulase, lipase, and peroxidase. Bradykinase helps to reduce excessive inflammation when applied to the skin topically, while others help in the breakdown of sugars and fats.
  3. Minerals: It provides calcium, chromium, copper, selenium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc. They are essential for the proper functioning of various enzyme systems in different metabolic pathways and few are antioxidants.
  4. Sugars: It provides monosaccharides (glucose and fructose) and polysaccharides: (glucomannans/polymannose). These are derived from the mucilage layer of the plant and are known as mucopolysaccharides. The most prominent monosaccharide is mannose-6-phosphate, and the most common polysaccharides are called glucomannans [beta-(1,4)-acetylated mannan]. Acemannan, a prominent glucomannan has also been found. Recently, a glycoprotein with antiallergic properties, called alprogen and novel anti-inflammatory compound, C-glucosyl chromone, has been isolated from Aloe vera gel.
  5. Anthraquinones: It provides 12 anthraquinones, which are phenolic compounds traditionally known as laxatives. Aloin and emodin act as analgesics, antibacterials and antivirals.
  6. Fatty acids: It provides 4 plant steroids; cholesterol, campesterol, β-sisosterol and lupeol. All these have anti-inflammatory action and lupeol also possesses antiseptic and analgesic properties.
  7. Hormones: Auxins and gibberellins that help in wound healing and have anti-inflammatory action.
  8. Others: It provides 20 of the 22 human required amino acids and 7 of the 8 essential amino acids. It also contains salicylic acid that possesses anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Lignin, an inert substance, when included in topical preparations, enhances penetrative effect of the other ingredients into the skin. Saponins that are the soapy substances form about 3% of the gel and have cleansing and antiseptic properties.


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