The aloe vera plant

Aloe vera - effects and ingredients of aloe vera

Aloe vera has been known as a medicinal and useful plant since ancient times. Behind its inconspicuous appearance lies a wealth of healing substances. The more research is done on aloe vera, the more the legends of earlier generations of people seem to be confirmed. Indigenous peoples and medical experts from ancient cultures knew about the effects of the plant. A unique juice flows from the leaves of the aloe plant. Wirkstoffe It is enriched with minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc and selenium. It also contains vitamins and amino acids that every human organism needs to live. Aloe vera is now an integral part of modern alternative medicine and cosmetics. It can now also be found on the menu, thanks to its high content of digestive enzymes. The health-promoting and healing effects of aloe vera can be used internally and externally. There are many possibilities, especially for external use, which have an effect on our skin. Relieving itching from insect bites, gentle treatment of sunburns, combating acne and acute psoriasis are just a few examples of the various indications. Aloe vera can be used to disinfect wounds as it has antiseptic properties. Cell renewal and healing processes are accelerated. Ointments containing aloe vera are successfully used for medical problems of the musculoskeletal system. This mainly concerns sprains, muscle strains and tendonitis. Pain is relieved and swelling is reduced.

Aloe vera products have gained a prominent position in cosmetics. Aloe vera is used for shampoos and shower gels, for skin creams and face masks and for various lotions. The moisturizing properties of aloe vera prove their worth here.

Due to the amount of valuable ingredients, aloe vera could cover our nutritional needs. Aloe vera is therefore an excellent supplement to our everyday diet. There are now even teas for strengthening the body's defenses. There is hardly any other plant that contains as much acemannan. Acemannan regenerates blood and cells and fights bacteria, viruses and parasites. It is needed by our body to produce the lubricating fluid in our joints, which protects us from rheumatism, arthrosis and joint wear and tear.

The drinking juice obtained from our aloe vera contains 200 vital ingredients. It is an excellent bioregulator and strengthens the immune system. The vitamins, enzymes, mineral salts and trace elements it contains promote general well-being. As a dietary supplement, the juice cleanses the gastrointestinal tract, alleviates rheumatic diseases, regulates blood pressure, activates the cardiovascular system, regenerates cells and boosts performance. Aloe vera juice is also excellent for animals. The aforementioned acemannan is particularly important, as it is no longer produced by the adult organism. Here is a list of the sacharides found in aloe vera plants:

  • Acemannan
  • Aldopentose
  • Arabinose
  • Galactose
  • Galacturonic acid
  • Glycoronic acid
  • Glucose
  • Hexuronic acid
  • Manose
  • Manuronic acid
  • Pentosan
  • Rhamnose
  • Uronic acid
  • Xylose
  • Cellulose

Aloe vera also contains many of the essential amino acids required by the human organism. Non-essential amino acids are also contained in aloe vera and have a positive effect on the human body.

Enzymes are essential for human life in order to enable various chemical processes. The following have been found in aloe vera:

  • Amylase
  • Bradycinase
  • Carboxypeptidase
  • Catalase
  • Cellulase
  • Lipase
  • Peroxidase
  • Phosphatase

Aloe vera contains many vitamins. These are

  • Provitamin A. Necessary for vision, formation of red blood cells, formation of skin and mucous membranes, formation of sex hormones
  • Vitamin B1. Deficiency causes weakness and irritability
  • Vitamin B2. Important for the formation of red blood cells
  • Vitamin B6. Important for haemoglobin synthesis (blood) and amino acid balance
  • Vitamin B12. Important for the formation of nucleic acids. Only present in animal products, therefore vegans are essential for intake
  • Vitamin C. Strengthens the immune system, necessary for the formation of blood, bones, teeth and hormones
  • Vitamin E. Protects cells, neutralizes free radicals. Fights rheumatism, strengthens the heart and circulation

Aloe vera contains trace elements and minerals. Here is a list, which does not claim to be exhaustive:

  • Calcium. Important for the nervous system, bones and teeth, blood clotting
  • Iron. Essential for blood formation, good general health and the immune system
  • Magnesium. Smoothing effect for the emotional balance. Protects against heart and circulatory diseases. Anti-stress mineral
  • Manganese. Detoxification. Formation of blood, development of the human musculoskeletal system and connective tissue
  • Selenium. Defense against free radicals. Anti-ageing. Supports the immune system
  • Zinc. Defense against free radicals. Supports the immune system. Promotes wound healing and is anti-inflammatory
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Chromium
  • Copper

Aloe vera - an introduction

The true aloe vera plant is a desert lily and not a cactus. It is originally native to Sudan and parts of Africa. Just like the climate in the desert, the stimulating climate that prevails in some places in Mallorca is perfect for growing Aloe Vera Barbandensis Miller. The plant has to adapt to the alternating hot and cold temperature periods and thus produces the nutrients it needs. There are over 400 species of aloe plant, only 17 of which are called aloe vera (true aloe). The plant is extremely sensitive to frost. In Northern Europe, aloe vera can also be cultivated in your own garden and must be brought indoors in winter.

The Aloe Vera Barbandensis Miller must thrive for five years and needs at least 2,000 hours of sunshine a year to obtain the nutrients we need to produce the direct juice. In Mallorca, we have an average of around 3,000 hours of sunshine a year. The flowers of the Aloe Vera Barbandesis Miller are yellow and have a fine nectar, which we use for the production of our gourmet flowers.

GeschichteAloe is already mentioned in the Bible as an incense and embalming ingredient. Alexander the Great had aloe used to treat the wounds of his warriors. The beautiful Egyptian Cleopatra used it as a cosmetic. Christopher Columbus and Alexander II took aloe leaves with them on their expeditions as a medicinal plant to heal wounds or injuries with the help of aloe vera & UREA (uric acid). This was also a great success for Alexander II. Spanish conquistadors brought aloe to South and Central America.

The first scientific description as Aloe perfoliata var. vera was made by Carl von Linné in 1753. Nicolaas Laurens Burman elevated the variety to the rank of a species in 1768. In the same year, Philip Miller proposed the name Aloe barbadensis, referring to the name Aloe vulgaris already used by Caspar Bauhin in 1620. Due to Miller's later publication, the species name Aloe vera has priority over the name Aloe barbadensis.