Aloe Barbadensis is a succulent member of the Aloe family with its origin in the African continent. Its thick leaves contain the water supply for the plant to survive long periods of drought. With a high capacity of retaining the water in very warm and dry climates, this plant can survive very harsh conditions where most other vegetation diminishes.
The Aloe Vera plant has been used for thousands of years to heal a variety of conditions ranging from skin lesions to constipation. Aloe was one of the most frequently prescribed medicines throughout most of the 18th and 19th centuries and it remains one of the most commonly used herbs in many countries in the world today.
Taking daily juice of the leaves of Aloe Vera produces a great improvement in the persons who have diseases of the digestive apparatus, as colitis, heartburn and irritable colon. Aloe Vera juice has also proved itself as an antiacid and healer in treatments as gastritis and ulcer. This plant has antibacterial, antifungicide and antiviral properties.
The transparent gel that is found inside its leaf is used as a domestic emergency treatment in burns and injuries. Aloe Vera contains at least two active compounds that decrease the levels of sugar in the blood and its extract is also used in patients with low blood sugar. Its juice is consumed in small quantities for the prevention and treatment of many gastric disorders.