Why we use Aloe!
Aloe Vera Connection™
We add Aloe Vera to our Magnesium Oil and Gel products due to its healing properties at and below the surface of the skin. Aloe is a cell proliferant meaning it helps grow new cells. When combined with the vasodilation (opens the blood vessels very quickly) properties of the magnesium, this amazing product is delivered quickly to the cells!
Aloe Vera’s global propagation has spanned millennia and its natural
prevalence is thought to be the direct product of human cultivation and
trade.Considering this remarkable
plant’s ornamental and medicinal uses, it’s no wonder Aloe Vera has endured as one
of the more popular garden plants in temperate and tropical climate
Its historical medicinal use is what holds the healer’s fascination, dating
as far back as 1550 B.C.[i] in Ancient Egypt, into the early A.D. eras in Greece and Asia, and continuing into modern times on a global scale. Containing
several medicinal compounds within the resin of the plant, and the aqueous gel
of the inner leaf more importantly, countless remedies and treatments have
actively populated the natural skin-care market for decades.
Of the numerous varieties of the Aloe Vera in use today, perhaps the
best known is
A. barbadensis, a
common variation naturalized in North and South America, which grows
effectively in both temperate and tropical climates. There are over seventy known variations and other
common names include: Aloes, Barbadoes aloe, Aloe vera, and Cape Aloe.
Known Active Constituents[ii]
Aloe Leaf Gel (without Aloin):
Extracts of the mucilaginous gel
of the inner leaf contain various polysaccharides (pectins, hemicelluloses,
glucomannan, acemannan, and mannose derivatives), amino acids, sterols (lupeol,
campesterol, and ß-sitosterol), tannins, and enzymes.
Aloe Leaf Extractives (with Aloin):
Extracts of A. barbadensis resin
are known to contain various concentrations of anthraquinone glycosides aloin A
(barbaloin) and aloin B (isobarbaloin), aloeresin A and aloeresin B, as well as
free anthraquinone, aloe-emodin-anthrone and several c-glycosyl-chromones. Other species of Aloe are known to contain several
aloeresins, aloe-emodin, and cinnamic acid.
Mechanisms of Action
Aloin-free Aloe Vera gel (from
the inner leaf), refined into a juice or powder, has been used traditionally
for the mucilaginous treatment and soothing of acid reflux, canker sores and
stomach ulcers. Small doses of refined
gel powders have been employed in the treatment of mild diarrhea due to the
freeze-dried gel’s ability to absorb excess water in the bowel. Used as a mucilaginous Proliferant, Aloe Vera
stimulates the regrowth of soft tissues and mucous membranes within the throat,
stomach and large intestines and also exhibits mild antimicrobial properties
over exposed tissues.
The fresh and/or stabilized Aloin-free
gel from the inner leaf has been used extensively as a mucilaginous proliferant
for treatment of abrasions, rashes, first and second degree thermal burns, mild
to severe sunburn, psoriasis, and eczema.In some clinical studies, the influence of Aloe on certain tendon-related
injuries marked a dramatic increase in collagen organization and
superstructure, promoting a little-understood re-epithelialization effect in
afflicted tissues using various forms of the stabilized gel.
While the exact mechanisms behind
Aloe’s ability to stimulate vasoconstriction and reduce edema are not fully
understood, multiple in vitro and in vivo studies have reported accelerated
healing and re-epithelialization (regeneration) of damaged dermis and muscle tissue. Some studies have also indicated that
compounds within the gel may inhibit localized histamine response when used
topically, exhibiting significant anti-inflammatory characteristics.
The especially well-known anthraquinone
glycosides barabloin (Aloin-a) and isobarbaloin (Aloin-b), prevalent in the “yellow
sap” layer (sometimes referred to as the “latex layer”) between the outer leaf
and gelatinous flesh of the Aloe Vera, have been used traditionally and
pharmaceutically as a potent and cathartic laxative, stimulating colonic
contractions and inhibiting the re-absorption of water in the digestive tract.
Several compounds found within
the gelatinous interior of the Aloe leaf have mildly irritating influences on
the outer dermis and sub-surface tissues, which stimulates an effective immune
response to the region. Ordinarily, this
immune response from motile leukocytes (“white” blood cells) would also involve
the localized stimulation of the inflammatory process, but various compounds found
in Aloe Vera gels and juices have been observed to exhibit anti-inflammatory
effects when used topically.Leukocytes
are capable of defending against and metabolizing foreign pathogenic substances
and micro-organisms and mucilaginous proliferants, such as Aloe Vera gel and
juice, contain various concentrations of polysaccharides and enzymes that
stimulate the rapid replacement of damaged or old cells.
Aloe Vera’s prominence in the
herbalist’s garden and the modern natural health marketplace has given rise to
a number of therapeutic applications ranging from creams, jellies, exudates
(sap), juices and extracts right up to medicinal isolates derived
pharmaceutically. Modern science has
identified several of the most effective uses for this remarkable plant and any
student of modern and eclectic medicinal plant sciences is likely to become
well versed in the applications, benefits, and Mechanisms of Action of Aloe
Treatment for first and
second-degree thermal burns ranges from the use of creams and lotions to the
full-strength application of the gel itself, straight from the plant. Creams and lotions containing Aloe are
notorious for carrying aloe in concentrations ranging far below actual
therapeutic dose for most applications, with concentrated and/or purified gels
and extracts ranging far more effective historically. The Aloe product is applied liberally, in almost
every form, directly to the burn and allowed to fully absorb into the afflicted
tissues. Tactile manipulation of the
afflicted tissues should be avoided but historical medical and eclectic record
suggests that the application of the medicine should be generous and repeated
often for best results.
Some forms of psoriasis have been successfully treated
topically using a basic isolate of the gel from the inner leaf. Applied in the form of a cream or gel, the
Aloe product is massaged deeply into the afflicted dermis and allowed to fully
absorb.In cases of psoriasis of the
scalp, residue left in the hair is usually rinsed with water, but only after
sufficient medicine has been applied to the scalp.
Due to its proliferant and emollient properties, fresh or
stabilized gel from the inner leaf has been used to effectively reduce
inflammation and tissue damage associated with eczema. Used topically, a generous amount of Aloe
Vera is safe for everyday use and may be applied as often as needed.
Acne and Dry Skin
Aloe Vera has been used in both ancient and modern medicinal
treatments as a non-oily moisturizer and has been known to reduce inflammation
and tissue damage associated with some forms of the common skin ailment known
as Acne. Regular topical application of
the fresh or stabilized gel from the inner leaf is often recommended for relief
from various symptoms related to Acne, as well as for general moisturizing for
healthy skin and improvement of local myofascial collagen organization.
Transdermal Delivery Aid
Aloe Vera is well known for its
absorbability and has been suggested for use by alternative health
practitioners, pharmacognosists, and herbalists in the formulation of remedies
and medicines that utilize transdermal delivery methods.
Pregnancy and Nursing
Aloin is well known for its
cathartic laxative properties when taken orally. Accordingly, ingestion of Aloe products
containing Aloin, even in minute quantities should be avoided by pregnant and
have shown that continued ingestion of a therapeutic dose of stabilized Aloe
Vera gel or juice from the inner leaf may significantly reduce blood
glucose. Pregnant or nursing mothers
should avoid ingesting Aloe Vera in any form without first consulting their
obstetrician or professional healthcare provider.
Aloin and other Aloin-rich products
manufactured as OTC laxatives have been heavily regulated by the FDA over the
past decade due to prevalent and sometimes severe side effects
[iv]. Accordingly, Aloin laxatives are not
especially common in today’s market. Aloin-free juice and gel from the inner leaf is not known to exhibit
these laxative effects.
Deep Wounds and Lacerations
The use of juice, gel or resin
exudates of Aloe Vera has been contraindicated in treatment of deep lacerations
and wounds. One study showed that
stabilized Aloe Vera gel actually inhibited the healing of deep surgical wounds,
according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The Papyrus Ebers - Cyril P. Bryan, 1930.
The 5-Minute Herb and Dietary Supplement Consult- Adriane Fugh-Berman, 2003.
Aloe Vera Leaf Gel in Treatment of Advanced Type 2 Diabetes - Fallah Huseini H,
Kianbakht S, et al: Journal of Medicinal Plants, 2012.
Herbs at a Glance: Aloe Vera - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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