Illustrierte Aloe Vera in weiß


Aloe Vera photo

Originally native to Africa, the plant is now cultivated primarily in Central America, mainly for the cosmetics industry and drinking products. The juice, thickened until dry, is used as a light laxative. The skin care gels are obtained by extracting the leaves with hot water.



Aloe Barbadensis consists of approx. 98% water and very effective but different aloins – mainly A and B – as well as their glycosides.



The aloins accelerate intestinal transit and increase the electrolyte and water volume in the intestine. They are used to stimulate intestinal activity, as a laxative and for gastrointestinal cleansing.

Aloe gels use the mucous components and mannoses (polysaccharides) for their anti-inflammatory and soothing effects on the skin. That's why they are often used for sunburns, burns, relief from insect bites, skin redness and skin irritation – especially after shaving. In cosmetics they are used to care for dry and sensitive skin as a moisturizer in creams and body lotions.



Like all laxatives, it is not suitable for long-term use and should not be used in cases of chronic inflammatory bowel disease, during pregnancy and breastfeeding, or in children under 12 years of age.



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