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The Benefits of Aloe Vera and Aloe Vera Juice

Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

Table Of Contents

  • History Of Aloe Vera
  • The Aloe Plant
  • Uses Of aloe Vera
  • Nutrients In Aloe Vera
  • Health Benefits Of Aloe Vera
  • Aloe Vera Tea
  • aloe Vera Juice
  • Some Useful Information about Aloe Vera
  • Some Of My Other Hubs On Healthy foods
  • Some Other Hubs On Aloe Vera

History Of Aloe Vera

Latin Name: Aloe barbadensis

Aloe vera is commonly called by various names as Lily of the desert, Burn plant, Fountain of youth, Healing plant, Elephant's gall etc.

In India, it is called Ghrit Kumari.

Aloe vera is commonly called Aloe. It is believed to be a native of Northern Africa.

Aloe vera use goes back to over 6000 years in Egypt when the plant was depicted in stone carvings. Egyptians buried dead Pharaohs along with Aloe as they considered it "a plant of immortality". They still grow Aloe around graveyards.

cut aloe leaf showing gel inside

cut aloe leaf showing gel inside

In India, the Rig Veda has a reference to the Aloe plant sometime dated to 5000 BC. Incidentally, Rig Veda is the earliest Ayurvedic book of natural medicine written by Dhanvantri. Rig Veda recommends Aloe vera for treating disorders of the reproductive system and liver, worm infestation and healing of external wounds.

Later on, in 1550 BC, extensive details of its medicinal uses were documented in Egypt in a document called Papyrus ebers.

By 375 BC, the use of Aloe vera was widespread in India.

Today it is grown in Texas USA, Mexico, South America, Central America, Africa, Australia besides India.

It is often called "the miracle plant" and is the oldest known and the most used medicinal plant. It has about 200 active ingredients which have been proved scientifically and numerous combinations of these ingredients ensure a broad spectrum of activity against disorders in human health.

It has been much used as traditional folk and herbal remedy. It exhibits analgesic, antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and anti-inflammatory activity.

Many Hindus in North India have a tradition of feeding their newborn a little Aloe mixed with honey in a golden spoon.

The Aloe Plant

Aloe is a cactus lookalike plant with grey-green, thick, fleshy, succulent leaves that have serrated margins. It is almost a stemless plant with the cluster of leaves seemingly springing out of the soil surface.

The plant propagates by way of roots and offsets. Medicinally active principles are found in the gel as well as the rind of the leaves.

The plant grows in hot, dry, tropical and subtropical regions of the world. It grows to a height of 2 to 3 and 1/2 feet. The flowers bloom in summer on a spike that itself is about 3 feet tall, almost as tall as the plant.

Uses Of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is used in by the cosmetic industry in a big way. It is used in facial tissues to act as a moisturiser and anti-irritant.

Aloe vera sap or extract is used in make up, moisturisers, soaps, sunscreen lotions, shampoos, shaving creams etc.

The extracts are also used, to dilute semen during artificial insemination of sheep, to preserve fresh food like fruits and legumes.

It is believed that biofuel can be produced from their seeds.

Use of Aloe vera as a natural food flavouring has been approved by the FDA. Some commercially prepared yoghurt has Aloe as an ingredient. Beverages like aloe tea, aloe juice are also prepared commercially.

Nutrients In Aloe Vera

source : http://www.aloe-vera.org/nutrients.htm

ConstituentNumber & IdentificationProperties & ActivityComment

 

 

 

 

Amino Acids

Provides 20 of the 22 human required amino acids & 7 of the 8 essential amino acids.

Provides the basic building blocks of proteins in the production of muscle tissue etc

The 8 essential amino acids are those the human body cannot manufacture

Anthraquinones

Provides 12 anthraquinones: Aloe emodin, Aloetic Acid, Aloin, Anthracine, Antranol, Barbaloin, Chrysophanic Acid, Emodin, Ethereal Oil, Ester of Cinnamonic Acid, Isobarbaloin, Resistannol.

In relatively small concentrations together with the Gel fraction they provide Analgesic, Antibacterial, Antifungal & Antiviral activity. In high concentration on their own they can be toxic.

Traditionally known as laxatives. The antraquinones are found in the sap. The anthraquinone derivatives (anthrones & chromones) comprise the phenolic fraction of the sap. The primary sap component is Aloin/Barbaloin anthrone derivative

Enzymes

Provides 8 enzymes: Aliiase, Alkaline Phosphatase, Amylase, Carboxypeptidase, Catalase, Cellulase, Lipase, Peroxidase

Helps breakdown of food sugars and fats aiding digestion & enhancing nutrient absorbtion

 

Hormones

Auxins & Gibberellins

Wound Healing & Anti-inflammatory

 

Lignin

Cellulose based substance

Thought to provide penetrating power in Aloe vera skin preparations and may act as a carrier for other components

 

Minerals

Provides 9 minerals: Calcium, Chromium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc

Essential for good health and is known to work in certain combimation with each other, vitamins and other trace elements

 

Salicylic Acid

Aspirin like compound

Analgesic

 

Saponins

Glycosides

Soapy substance both cleansing and antiseptic

 

Sterols

Provides 4 main plant steroids: Cholesterol, Campesterol, Lupeol, ß Sitosterol

Anti-inflammatory agents. Lupeol also possesses antiseptic and analgesic properties

 

Sugars

Monosaccharides: glucose & fructose Polysaccarides: gluco-mannans / polymannose

Anti-inflammatory action Anti-viral, immune modulating activity of Acemannan

The long chain gluco-mannons are absorbed intact by the pinocytotic process of certain cells lining the digestive tract.

Vitamins

A, C, E, B, Choline, B12, Folic Acid

Antioxidant(A,C,E): neutralises free radicals

B's & Choline involved in amino acid metabolism, B12 required for production of red blood cells, Folic Acid in the development of blood cells

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health Benefits Of Aloe Vera

Though there are about 500 varieties of Aloe only 4 to 5 are used medicinally of which Aloe vera also called Aloe barbadensis miller, is the most widely used variety.

Aloe vera is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients ( Phytonutrients and Saccharides).

Some of the health benefits are as follows

  • Skin Healing/ Burn Healing/Sunburn

Aloe vera heals skin that has suffered cuts, scrapes, burns or sunburn. The gel, when applied on wounds, dries up fast sealing the wounds against dust and dirt ensuring protection from infections. The gel application also increases blood flow to the wound and aids in faster healing.

Application on even 3rd-degree burns shows that it leaves no scars and restores burnt skin. It heals sunburnt skin too.

  • Benefits In Cancer Tumors And As Follow up After Radiation Therapy

The phytonutrient acemannan in aloe vera boosts immunity and destroys cancer tumours and aids recovery after cancer treatment improving survival rates.

It heals radiation burns due to radiation therapy in cancer treatment. Apply Aloe gel on the area of radiation to heal faster. Radiation has never stopped cancer only disabled people and in fact, causes cancer.

Those who have undergone chemotherapy, radiation, surgery or mammography should regularly consume Aloe vera internally and also apply it externally to not only nullify the bad effects of these treatments but to improve overall health.

Aloe extract increased survival rates considerably and reduced radiation-induced damage to the germ cells and consequent loss in body weight.

Read abstracts and study about Aloe and cancer tumours reduction here.

  • Aloe Vera consumption Lengthens Life Span

A study has shown that Aloe vera extends lifespan and reduces the death rate. This study has been done on rats.

  • Aloe Vera Benefits In Kidney Disease

Aloe vera reduces kidney disease and lowers the incidence of blood cancer - leukaemia. Sodium nitrite is a chemical that is used to delay spoilage and impart a pink colour to meat in hot dogs, to make it look attractive. This chemical causes leukaemia, brain tumours and other types of cancers.

You can read here about a study done on cancer and sodium nitrite relationship. If you google, cancer and sodium nitrite, you will get umpteen studies that confirm that sodium nitrite causes cancer.

  • Aloe Vera As A food Preservative

Foods, fruits, legumes can be naturally preserved without the use of chemical preservatives. A thin layer of Aloe vera gel application is all that is required. The gel killed bacteria and extended the shelf life of the preserved food.

Read here about an article on an experiment done with grapes. In this case, the shelf life was increased almost 5 times.

  • As An Anti-inflammatory

Aloe vera reduces inflammations and pain in arthritis and other joint diseases. Consume it internally and apply the gel externally. Along with this, it is necessary to stop foods like white sugar, fried foods, red meat, white flour, which cause inflammations, for it to totally eliminate the inflammation and pain.

  • Reduces Risk Of Strokes & Heart Attacks By Reducing High Blood Pressure

Because of the consumption of processed foods, fried foods, animal fats, dairy fats. oils blood cells of persons who are on this type of diet clump together. This can be seen with a technique called dark-field microscopy wherein live human blood vessels can be seen. It also shows the shape of the blood cells and whether they are clumping together. Clumping of blood cells makes the blood viscous and hampers its free flow.

These clumped blood cells hamper the free movement of blood and consequently oxygen and other nutrients from reaching tissues and brain cells.

Aloe vera not only makes the blood thinner to ensure freer flow but the unique polymers in it increase the capacity of the blood to carry more oxygen to various tissues. By thinning the blood it reduces blood pressure and consequently, the risk of stroke and heart attack reduces

Also, more oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the brain slows down diseases like Alzheimer's and improves the brain function like increased memory, increased cognitive function and improvement in the learning capacity.

This property of increasing the oxygen-bearing capacity of blood is very beneficial in cases of blood loss in accidents etc. Regular consumption of Aloe vera makes the blood remaining in the body to work better all because of the special and unique polymers found in aloe have the property to increase the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood.

  • Cures Dental & Gum Diseases

Swish some gel around in the mouth or apply on the toothbrush and brush the teeth and gums. Additionally, take some Vitamin D along with aloe vera internally as it has been found that most sufferers of gum disease are deficient in Vitamin D.

  • Potentiates The Activity Of Antioxidants

Aloe vera strengthens the antioxidant activity of Vitamins C, E and others like the phytochemicals since it increases the capacity of blood to carry them to all tissues of the body as the quality of the blood is improved by making it both oxygen-rich and thinner for easier flow.

  • Benefits Hair

Aloe vera promotes hair growth due to its high content of vitamins and minerals. It repairs collagen and elastin, rejuvenates the hair follicles by improving the blood circulation. It cleans the scalp and combats dandruff.

  • Benefits Hydration

Because of the wonderful balance of electrolytes aloe vera juice is better than commercial sports drinks and hydrates the skin and body better.

It can help athletes improve their stamina and performance while at the same time recover faster from exercise or competition induced fatigue.

  • Ends Acid Reflux

Drinking the gel regularly relieves heartburn and acid reflux.

  • Benefits Diabetics

Aloe vera consumption reduces fasting blood sugar levels and stabilizes overall blood sugar levels. Because of the increased blood circulation, it benefits by reducing the numbness of extremities experienced by diabetics. Also, aids wound healing in diabetics.

Read some extract of a study done here.

  • Lowers Cholesterol And Triglycerides

In persons with high cholesterol and triglyceride levels consumption of aloe vera gel reduces cholesterol and total triglyceride levels.

Read about abstracts of some studies on this effect here.

  • Benefits In Digestive Disorders

Regular consumption of Aloe vera gel relieves digestive disorders like ulcers, Infectious bowel syndrome, Celiac disease and Crohn's disease- an inflammatory bowel disease. The polysaccharides are believed to have these curative effects.

Home Made Aloe Vera Tea Recipe

Aloe vera tea can be made easily from the gel contained in the leaf. On can drink aloe vera tea hot or cold.

In a cup of boiled water add 1 tsp of mashed gel from the leaf. Stir well.
To hot tea, add some fresh lemon juice to counteract the bitter taste of the gel.
To cold tea, instead of lemon juice, add orange juice.

If you so wish, you can purchase aloe vera tea bags from the link provided below.

Aloe Vera Tea

It is rich in Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B12, C & E. It also contains 8 amino acids.

The health benefits of Aloe tea are :

  • Improvement in digestion, correcting stomach disorders, eliminating acid reflux and stopping stomachache.
  • It eliminates gut parasites like worms and checks fungal growth.
  • It cleanses the liver, stimulates bile production and treats ulcers.
  • Aloe vera relieves constipation, soothes and cleans the intestines, controls IBS.
  • It reduces bloating and distension of the stomach and the accompanying discomforting symptoms.
  • Reduces stress & increases immunity and strength.
  • Caffeine-free.
  • Improves metabolism hence burns fat and reduces weight.
  • Detoxifies blood, improves circulation and lowers cholesterol.
  • Cures coughs and headaches.
  • Relieves joint pains.
  • Benefits in diabetes because of the enzymes and the natural sugars it contains.
  • Clears menstrual issues and benefits the female reproductive system.

Aloe tea can be used externally to clean wounds, cuts, burnt skin, rashes, insect bites and wash eyes.

Aloe Vera Juice

Consume 2 ounces of Aloe vera juice every day if you are drinking to correct any health disorder. If the fresh gel is used to prepare juice at home, it can be blended in smoothies, fruit juices, milk etc to offset the slightly unpleasant taste.

Take care to remove only the clear gel for use as juice. Ensure that you do not scrape off the yellowish latex just beneath the leaf surface. It contains the compound Aloin which is a strong laxative.

Aloe vera juice delivers all the healing benefits of Aloe vera gel as given earlier.

At the dosage recommended above, Aloe vera juice rarely gives rise to side effects. Some side effects that are noted with a large intake of the juice are nausea, allergic reactions, dermatitis, liver dysfunction.

Some Useful Information About Aloe Vera

  • Use only the Aloe Vera or Aloe Barbadensis miller variety and not any other.
  • As the Aloe plant loses its active ingredients during flowering time do not use the gel at this time.
  • The freshly removed gel should be used as soon as possible as it loses its activity fast.
  • If purchasing a commercial Aloe product ensure that the product is cold processed and has its MPS ( mucopolysaccharide ) content tested.
  • If consuming a commercial brand of Aloe Vera product find out the polysaccharides content in it and then take it as follows :

    For healthy people - 500 mg of polysaccharides per day.
    For those with serious disorders - 1200 to 3600 mg polysaccharides per day.

Reactions or side effects to Aloe consumption have hardly been reported. So seemingly its consumption is quite safe.

Heat processing can break down the long-chained polysaccharides and caramelize the sugars which are the cause of the healing benefits of Aloe Vera. Hence, cold processed Aloe vera products are suggested.

Also, if you intend to use homegrown Aloe vera, it is best to put the gel in the blender in the end and blend for the minimum time possible to keep the polysaccharide chain intact.

Aloe Vera contains the maximum MPS ( mucopolysaccharides ) amongst all known plants.

It is best to consult a medical doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding if you intend to consume Aloe Vera.

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Disclaimer

This hub is for informational purposes only. Please consult your medical doctor or healthcare provider before starting any natural remedy, alternate therapy or a new health regime.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

Evie Sterne on September 24, 2015:

Thanks for sharing interesting skin care benefits of aloe Vera. I totally agree with your concern that Aloe Vera has incredible benefits and no other cream or products give a fast result. Due to this reason, I'll only prefer to use 100% pure and natural Aloe Vera products only for better care of my skin whenever I have to go outside.

prakash on April 27, 2015:

Can aloevera juice by patanjali i.e aloevera orange flavour taken.Whether flavoured element decreases it benefits. Pl reply thanks in advance

shashank on October 06, 2014:

Will aloe vera juice reduces weight

Nitish Singh on September 20, 2014:

will aloe vera help in increasing height

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 21, 2014:

Payal, do stretching exercises, eat a nutritious diet and do the 7 pranayams suggested by Baba Ramdev. You can read the article written by me on yoga and pranayama on this site.

payal on June 08, 2014:

I am 14yrs I want to grow height give me some tips for that

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 05, 2013:

Thanks for reading Zubair and for sharing your thoughts.

Zubair Ahmed on June 04, 2013:

Hi another great hub rajan,

Very good info, I used take Aloe capsules many years ago. Haven't taken any for a long time but some of the health benefits you mention I guess i'll have to start again.

Ta

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 19, 2013:

Jeanette, you can reduce the dose to half and see. Thanks for stopping by. Also drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.

Jeanette McGowan on March 18, 2013:

I have recently began taking Aloe for a persistent digestion problem - excess acid produced and constant diahrrea. After only a week, my stomach is beginning to feel better and am able to eat. But I find that I am now mildly constipated. Do I need to increase my water intake? I am taking 2 ounces, twice a day.

Thank you for your assistance

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 22, 2013:

Kulewriter, thanks for adding to the information here. This very important aspect of aloe vera purchase will benefit readers.

Thanks for stopping by.

Ronald Joseph Kule from Florida on February 22, 2013:

People should know as much as they can about aloe vera, because the benefits outweigh the taste! Seriously, aloe vera must be a gift from heaven.

Years ago, I sold products for an aloe vera company. From my research I learned much, especially that there are literally 1,000's of variations of the aloe vera plant, only a few of which are medicinal. You have referenced aloe vera barbadensis, which is the correct one for proper medicinal and health-giving properties.

Another important datum is that the true strength of aloe vera is so powerful that it eats through plastic. I would, therefore never purchase an aloe vera juice product that was not inside of a darkened GLASS bottle. A juice in plastic would have to be more water than aloe vera. For my money, only glass-bottled juices is the way to go, aside from topica lusage straight from the barbadensis plant.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 19, 2013:

Thanks titi.

titi6601 on February 19, 2013:

Thank you for sharing this great information with us!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 18, 2013:

Audrey, the fresh aloe gel from the leaf needs no processing and can be used straight. Thanks for stopping by and the sharing too.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on February 17, 2013:

rajan - When I lived on the island of Kauai, Hi., I used to have aloe vera growing in my yard. I would simply cut off small piece of the plant when I wanted some. Very handy and nice and fresh. Thanks for your hub which I could have used to learn about the benefits of the juice. I do drink it now. Up, across and sharing!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 17, 2013:

Thanks Carrie. Appreciate the visit and have a good day.

Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on February 17, 2013:

rajan jolly: Thank you for writing such an informative hub :) I support anything that comes directly from the earth. Have a great weekend

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 02, 2013:

Thanks for reading and sharing your experience with aloe. Much appreciated.

Kalmiya from North America on February 01, 2013:

Thanks for your very informative hub about aloe. I have used fresh aloe on burns with good effect. I also think it's very good for the skin. Definitely a plant to keep around the kitchen!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 09, 2013:

Thanks for stopping by Sophie. Good to learn that you are availing benefiting of aloe.

Sophie Newsome from New York on January 06, 2013:

Great topic! I love the benefits of drinking aloe

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 15, 2012:

Hi Shawntell,

Aloe vera juice is great for digestive issues. This would certainly help. I'm glad you could find something of benefit from the hub. Thanks for stopping by.

sfrentz06 from Sterling Heights, MI, USA on December 14, 2012:

Very interesting hub! I have wanted to try drinking aloe vera juice, but didn't know enough about it. I have had some digestive issues and maybe this can help. I have used the live plant in the past on my skin, what a great moisturizer!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 08, 2012:

@ facedoctor - thank you for stopping by.

@ Audrey - it is very easy maintaining an Aloe plant and it propagates easily too. You could easily manage to keep and maintain one for handy use of its many benefits. Thanks for coming by.

Audrey Baker from Arizona on December 07, 2012:

I never would have guessed there was an aloe vera yogurt! My mother always had an aloe vera plant, which came in handy for burns. I wish I could keep plants alive so I could have one as well.

facedoctor1 from US on December 05, 2012:

Good hub ..Pretty useful too..Aloe-Vera is really an awesome herb..Quite useful for many skin disorders..Thanks a lot for sharing..Nice videos too..

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Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 01, 2012:

@ Peggy - Thanks for your feedback Peggy. In India we use it for internal consumption too. Thanks for reading and of course sharing.

@ Carrie - Thank you very much for your comments. Appreciate your visit.

carriethomson from United Kingdom on October 31, 2012:

Aloe vera had many advantage wih respect to health issue like hair problem, bad digestive system, skin defects and many more. One should try to keep aloe vera plant at home.

Thanks for the useful tips.....i will surely keep in mind

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 31, 2012:

I grow aloe vera in our backyard and because it is always producing "babies" I have shared it with many other people. I can personally attest to the efficacy of using it for burns and scratches. Will have to consider using it internally. I know that many people claim many health benefits from doing so. Up votes and sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 05, 2012:

Hi Fiddleman, its nice to see so many positive experiences with aloe. Thanks for sharing yours and also for stopping by.

Fiddleman on October 05, 2012:

Great hub packed with lots of great information. When I worked at GE as a die caster I was burned by molten aluminum and went to see our facility nurse, she had an aloe plant and broke off a piece and applied the juice to my burn. The pain ceased instantly and my burn healed very quickly.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 05, 2012:

Thanks, Thelma and I'm glad you like the article. Fresh aloe gel works equally well so there is no need to go for high priced aloe products. Nice to know you use the aloe available at home.

Thanks for reading and sharing the hub.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on October 05, 2012:

Aloe Vera is one of my first aid at home. It has definitely a lot of healthy benefits. I sometimes cut off a leave of my aloe vera plant to use the gel for a facial mask. It´s very cooling. I used to buy aloe vera juice and other aloe vera products before from forever living products because they are good but too heavy for my wallet. Thanks for sharing this very organized article. Voted up and shared to my followers.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 27, 2012:

@ Pamela - this is great feedback but not surprising as aloe is great for skin problems. Thanks for reading, voting and sharing.

@ newusedcars - Thanks for sparing time to read and comment.

newusedcarssacram from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A on September 26, 2012:

Again something very useful after Avocado Mr. Rajan.

nice...voted up!

Pamela Dapples from Arizona now on September 26, 2012:

What an in-depth hub! Wow. And 200 active ingredients -- I sure didn't know most of the facts you have presented. But I do know aloe sure works miracles on burnt skin. When our children were little, one day my dad was supposed to be watching them at the beach and keeping them in the shade. When I got there, they were in bad shape. By evening, their eyes were like slits. Their faces were so burned. But I had found some aloe at a local store and had them spread it on themselves liberally. In the morning, when they woke up they looked tanned but no longer burned. They had slept comfortably and woke up normal. Aloe is amazing.

Voted up, awesome, useful and sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 18, 2012:

Thanks, Maria. I hope you like the Aloe vera tea. I appreciate your sparing time to read and comment.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on September 17, 2012:

Dear Rajan,

You are precise and comprehensive...what an awesome organization of text and videos to thoroughly examine the benefits of aloe vera.

I am most interested in trying the tea and thank you for the time and detail you put into this article.

Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 12, 2012:

Thanks Hady. Glad you liked the hub and even nicer to learn that you have been benefiting from consuming Aloe vera Juice. Wonderful feedback. Thanks for reading and voting.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 12, 2012:

Thanks Hady. Glad you liked the hub and even nicer to learn that you have been benefiting from consuming Aloe vera Juice. Wonderful feedback. Thanks for reading and voting.

Hady Chahine from Manhattan Beach on July 11, 2012:

Nice hub! You provided a well defined summary of the many benefits associated with aloe vera. I’ve been drinking Dynamic Health Lab’s aloe vera juice for a while now and love it! I seriously notice the difference, and all I drink is 2 ounces per day. Thumbs up!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 11, 2012:

Hi faith love hope. Aloe vera improves blood circulation so it would be more beneficial if consumed too. I believe it should help with the migraine too because of the anti inflammatory action. Getting positive feedback on a write up is a big boost.

Thanks for reading and sharing your experiences. Much appreciated.

faith_love_hope32 on July 11, 2012:

Great Hub and very informative! I decided to check out this hub because I use aloe vera for leg pain associated with varicose veins and circulation issues. After I take a lukewarm/cool bath, I apply aloe vera gel all over my legs and I have instant relief. I try to do this every day, it's very helpful.

When I was a child, I remember while visiting my father once, I had a bad migraine. He didn't know what to do for me, my migraines were bad. I can remember he had an aloe vera plant in a bottle with water I think? and he applied the liquid from the bottle onto my forehead with a washcloth. I don't know if it helped, I really can't remember. I just remember the aloe vera in a bottle.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 11, 2012:

@ starstream - glad you are motivated enough to try it. Thanks for sparing time to read and leave your appreciation.

@ Peanutritious - thanks for your input and glad aloe benefitted you as it has others who have used it. Appreciate your visit and comments. Thanks.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 11, 2012:

Hi Annie. Glad you found out about Aloe vera before you got rid of all of them. Luckily, aloe vera grows very easily and spreads a lot. It is great in skin problems as also in sunburn, insect bites etc. It is a great hair conditioner too. I'm happy to see you like the info and I appreciate all the votes and sharing and good wishes. Thank you.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 11, 2012:

Ashish - so nice to hear you deem it fit to share this info with your mom. Thanks for reading and appreciating.

Kumar - your input is welcome. Thanks for visiting.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 11, 2012:

Ishwaryaa, nice to have so many appreciative comments from you. Glad also that aloe vera has helped in checking your acne problem. I appreciate your reading the hub, leaving your views and feedback, all the votes and sharing this hub.

Thank you very much.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 11, 2012:

@ Michael Durden - I hope this motivation stays. It feels good to be able to motivate someone to action. Appreciate your read and comments. Thanks.

@ theastrology - thanks for reading.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 11, 2012:

Audrey, I'm sure taking aloe vera juice on a regular basis will be beneficial in reducing your arthritis problem. glad you liked the info. Thanks for reading and sharing. It is always a pleasure to receive your comments.

Tara Carbery from Cheshire, UK on July 11, 2012:

A very informative hub. I was first recommended aloe Vera when living in Thailand years ago. I used it on a scar and it's helped it fade quite a lot. I also find it effective when suffering from sunburn.

Dreamer at heart from Northern California on July 11, 2012:

I am going to try taking Aloe Vera juice after reading your hub. Thanks for all of the information you shared about this healthy plant and it's cancer preventative qualities.

Annie Fenn from Australia on July 11, 2012:

Wow Rajan, it's a long way down here!!! I, like all others here have found this hub to be very interesting and helpful. My partner and I bought a small property a few years ago and it was all overgrown. We spent weeks weeding and pruning and clearing the place up and we pulled out a whole lot of what we later discovered was Aloe Vera. Luckily it is very hardy and plants soon sprung up again, thankfully. On a few occasions my partner has been stung by wasps (all biting things seem to be attracted to him), and we have found gel from our Aloe Vera to be very soothing to the bites. We also use it on our sunburn and I am tempted to try some of the gel when conditioning my hair also. I will be making better use of our Aloe Vera plants now. Thank you for this informative hub, my votes and best wishes to you Rajan and sharing.

kumar24894 from Fuck of HUBPAGES on July 11, 2012:

I used it a lot of times on my face as sunscreen .. It also helps to remove the pimple on the face and body.

Ashish Joshi from India on July 11, 2012:

Awesome hub, Sir...My mom is especially an ardent fan of aloe vera...I'm bookmarking this one to show to my Mom.

Thanks for sharing.

theastrology from New Delhi on July 10, 2012:

Very informative article about Aloe Vera plant.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on July 10, 2012:

Wow! What a wealth of information on one of the most important medicinal shrubs - aloe vera! From your informative hub, I have learnt more and saw aloe vera flowers for the first time in this photo - to me they look like bananas. Remember that I mentioned in your hub based on curing acne that I use aloe vera gel regularly and it proved beneficial for my skin. You also mentioned that you have aloe vera plant at your house which is indeed very good. A well-written, extremely detailed and vastly comprehensive hub on one of Nature's special gifts to people! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up & Socially Shared.

Michael Durden on July 10, 2012:

Nice hub. Makes me want to grow some aloe vera myself. Maybe I'll look into that.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on July 10, 2012:

I'm sitting here sipping on Aloe Vera juice as I read your hub. I will start drinking it more often now that I have learned all of the many benefits from you. I hope it will help my arthritis. Thank you so much for giving me this wonderful information. I have shared it on Facebook and Hubpages.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 09, 2012:

Hi Tammy. Good to know you are amongst the so many regular users of aloe vera. It is a great way to keep the blood highly oxygenated as well as thin apart from the other tremendous healing benefits. glad you liked the info.

Always a pleasure to see you here. Thank you.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 09, 2012:

Hi Nikki. I hope you find the information useful to be put into use if needed. Thanks for the read and comments.

Tammy from North Carolina on July 09, 2012:

Excellent hub! I am a big fan of aloe vera. I take it in liquid form in juice daily because it is a great way to keep blood oxygenated and helps prevent cancer. There were so many other benefits I never realized. This is helpful information!

nikkiraeink from So. Cal. on July 09, 2012:

Awesome hub! I've always used aloe vera for sunburns but who knew it had so many other benefits.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 09, 2012:

Hi Joan. Thank you so much for sharing it all over the place. I'm much delighted and thankful too. You too have a great day.

Joan Veronica Robertson from Concepcion, Chile on July 09, 2012:

I'm back again! I wanted to tell you I shared on FB, Twitter, Stumble and Digg. Have a good day!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 09, 2012:

Hi Joan. This is a wonderful ratification of the health benefits outlined in this hub. This sure is going to get the good word that Aloe vera indeed works.

Thanks for sparing time to read and leave your endorsement and give votes too. I appreciate it very much.

Joan Veronica Robertson from Concepcion, Chile on July 09, 2012:

Wow, so much information! A well written, informative Hub, really good! And I can endorse many of the concepts, because I use Aloe Vera here in Chile. Voted Up, useful, awesome and interesting. Have a good day and be happy!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 09, 2012:

Brett, cooking reduces the efficacy of aloe vera. It is always beneficial to take advatage of the long chained polysaccharides which get broken when aloe vera is given heat.

If inspite of cooking it still benefits imagine the power of uncooked aloe vera.

Thanks for your feedback. It'll be motivating to many. Appreciate your votes and sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 09, 2012:

b.Malin - glad you liked the hub and especially the videos. It's always nice to have a new reader. Thanks for reading and liking.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 09, 2012:

Sue, yes you could definitely try aloe vera tea for your problem. I'm sure you'll be able to find it nearby.

Thanks for all the votes and stopping by. It's always a pleasure to see you.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 09, 2012:

TT, now that you are aware of the very many benefits of aloe vera, maybe you'd like to try it out more. Thank you very much for giving a visit and appreciating.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 09, 2012:

Ruchira, its always good to see you here. Glad you liked the info. Thanks for the visit and votes.

Brett C from Asia on July 09, 2012:

One of my friends has always included this in his cooking. I thought it was a bit odd, but he swears by the benefits. After reading your hub, I may well have to try to include it in my cooking too!

Shared, up and useful

b. Malin on July 08, 2012:

This was such a Wonderful learning Experience Rajan. I didn't know there were so many incredible uses for Aloe. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and Videos.

I now look forward to Following your Hubs.

Sueswan on July 08, 2012:

Hi Rajan

Thank you for sharing the benefits of Aloe Vera and Aloe Vera juice.

I have been extremely bloated lately. I have increased my water consumption but it isn't helping.

I am going to see if my local health food store sells Aloe Vera tea.

Voted up and away

Take care :)

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on July 08, 2012:

I love aloe for owies and burns, but didn't know it had so many other uses. Excellent hub, Rajan Jolly! VUMS!

Ruchira from United States on July 08, 2012:

I am a big fan of Aloe Vera and all your benefits sound useful and interesting.

as usual...getting 5 stars for your informative hub.

votedup !

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 08, 2012:

Nice to know that aloe vera is available where you live. Appreciate that you will be tying out more of it. That's a big motivation for me to write useful hubs. Glad to see you stop by and thanks for the read and votes shelley.

Shelley Watson on July 08, 2012:

Hi Rajan, Thanks for once again expanding my knowledge - aloe vera is very popular here at I use it on my skin. Will be using it now for a whole lot more! Voted up & awesome.

softhard from Kathmandu on July 07, 2012:

Great hub rajan. You might have known in India, Patanjali also sells Aleo vero juice in very low price. It is ok to consume?

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 07, 2012:

Hi Aurelio. Nice to know you prefer aloe to use on the skin. It really soothes and heals faster than many other commercial preparations. Great to have your feedback. Thank you.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 07, 2012:

Hi Rebecca. I agree aloe works much better than these other sunburn creams. I hope you find the aloe yogurt.

Thanks for visiting. Your visit is always appreciated.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 07, 2012:

Hi Urmila. I hope you will be trying the aloe tea. Thanks for all the nice appreciative comments and sharing the hub. Your visit is much appreciated and nice to see you again.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 07, 2012:

Hi Christy. It's always a pleasure to have you visit my hubs. Thanks for all the appreciation. I'm glad you liked the info.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 07, 2012:

Hi Pooja. Thanks for reading. I'm sure you will benefit from its use. Thanks for visiting.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 07, 2012:

Hi Sandra. It's always a pleasure to see you here and be appreciated. Many thanks for visiting.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 07, 2012:

ehealer, thanks for all the appreciative words. I believe aloe vera can relieve a lot of human health issues if we use it more. Thanks for stopping by. Much appreciated.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 07, 2012:

Hi Kelly, now that you are aware of the many other benefits of aloe vera I guess you can use it more often. Nice to see you here as always.

Thanks for reading.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on July 07, 2012:

This is one of my favorite shrubs. I like looking for it as an ingredient in salves but also enjoy just breaking off a piece of he live plant and using its juice on the skin. Voting this Up and Useful.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 07, 2012:

Awesome Hub. There is nothing better for sunburn than aloe vera! I must see if I can find the aloe vera yogurt!

Urmila from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA on July 07, 2012:

Wow! Loads of information about Aloe Vera.I never knew that we can make a tea. Thanks for the aloe vera tea recipe. Useful,Voted up and Shared!

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on July 07, 2012:

Aloe vera has incredible uses and you outline them very clearly in your well-organized hub Rajan. A vote up and useful, as another great hub to add to your collection.

poojasd7 from India on July 07, 2012:

Just so good! I am going to try it out.

Thanks for sharing this piece of useful information. :-)

Sandra Busby from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA on July 07, 2012:

Thanks, rajan jolly, as always, I look forward to learning from you about healthy living.

Deborah from Las Vegas on July 07, 2012:

Rajan, I lived on Long Island and we'd find aloe plants, open them and rub them on our poor sunburned summer skin. I was never aware of how many benefits aloe vera actually had. This is a fantastic hub and should be HOD in my book. Thank you for all your hard work.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on July 07, 2012:

I didn't know it was good for so many things! I knew it helped burns but that all I knew:)

I feel much smarter after reading your hubs Rajan...oh I guess I am!

Hey did you say "fountain of youth?" I been looking for that thing!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 07, 2012:

Marisa, Aloe vera has an incredible number of health benefiting compounds and thus it being rightly called a miracle plant. I'm happy to see you have these plants already so you can even use the gel for consumption the moment you wish to.

Thanks for all the kind and appreciative words. It is always good to see you here. Thank you for all the votes and shares.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 07, 2012:

Trinity, this is feedback about the almost miraculous cure effected by Aloe vera is very useful. Thanks for sharing this info. I appreciate your sparing time to read, vote and comment. Always a pleasure to see you here.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 07, 2012:

Bill, I appreciate your read and comments. It is always a pleasure to see you. Thank you.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 07, 2012:

unknown spy, I'm glad you liked the information. Thanks for stopping by.

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