The harm and the benefit of aloe
Aloe – a family of succulent plants, numbering more than 500 species. Of course, far from all of them have medicinal properties. However, some species, common in the Russian-speaking countries, are very useful (for example, Aloe tree species). Their general name is a petitioner. They are available in many homes, since in Soviet times they were considered almost indispensable. Nowadays various medical preparations have come to replace the aloe, due to which the plant has become less popular.
Description of aloe
The plant has a short, but rather thick stem. From it in all directions diverge long (up to 60 cm) fleshy leaves, tapering as far as the stem is removed. These leaves are smooth in themselves, but there are many spines on the sides, which, however, are hardly able to hurt.
Thanks to its structure, aloe is capable of holding a large amount of moisture. That is why they can spend a lot of time without watering, and in general they are rather unpretentious to the conditions of habitation.
The use of aloe
In the stalks and leaves of aloe contains a lot of vitamins (most of all – B, C and E), as well as allantoin, beta-carotene and other useful substances. It is thanks to them that the plant is considered medicinal. It is used both in folk medicine and in modern. Use:
– Significantly accelerates the healing of wounds and burns.
– Used for the treatment of eye diseases: conjunctivitis, myopia, keratitis, blepharitis, etc. Although it is more often recommended to use it as an auxiliary means.
– Used in inflammatory diseases of the oral cavity.
– Used to treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract: gastritis, ulcers, enterocolitis, etc.
– Helps with bronchial asthma and tuberculosis.
Despite the fact that the use of aloe is considered safe, the studies show that it has some dangerous side effects. For example, aloe juice can cause poisoning, leading to inflammation of the intestines and stomach upset. It can also cause abortion during pregnancy. Therefore, it is necessary to use aloe vera in the minimum doses, and, perhaps, it is better to refuse from it altogether.