Thursday, September 11, 2008


Botanical Name : Aloe barbadensis
Ayurvedic : Ghratkumari
English Name : Aloe, Barbados Aloe, Indian Aloe
Indian Name :  Hindi-Gheekanwar,  Marathi-Korfad

What is it?
Aloe Vera is mostly heard as a constituent in the cosmetics. It is also used in some healthy foods. The name "aloe" comes from the Arabic alloeh which means "bitter and shiny substance." Throughout history, this plant has been important. It is called the "plant of immortality" because it has been found in the wall carvings of ancient Egyptian temples. It has also been found in many graves in Mecca. It symbolized the patience needed during the time between burial and resurrection.

Medicinal Uses: 
Aloe Vera has several medicinal purposes. The medicinal values of Aloe Vera lies in the viscous gel-like pulp obtained on peeling the leaves and its powdered form. Aloe Vera has cooling properties,is bitter in taste,is anabolic in its action and is a fighter of "Pitta". These properties enables it to guard against fever, skin diseases, bums, ulcers, excessive thirst and convulsions.  Its leaves can be split to get out the juice to rub on the skin to treat sunburns, wounds, insect bites, wrinkles, scratches, and skin irritations. A tea made from its dried juice serves to be a good wash to wounds and the eyes. According to a study in Europe, it can also reduce the blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Furthermore, it has shown signs that it's capable of treating leukemia in laboratory tests. It also treats asthma, stomach ache, fever, and headache.

Aloe Vera in arthritis - Being a stimulant to the immune system, a powerful ani-inflammatory, an analgesic and able to speed up cell growth, Aloe Vera repairs arthritis damaged tissue. While conventional allopathic treatment only releaves pain, Aloe Vera juice taken internally and applied externally helps in repair process by regenerating cells and detoxifying the affected area.

Aloe Vera fights stress - The stress filled life of today cause bio-chemical and physiological changes in the body, making us susceptical to diseases and dysfunction. Aloe Vera juice is just the thing to get our machinary smoothly and effectively going.

Aloe Verqa and cancer - Aloe juices enables the body to heal itself from cancer and the damage done by radio and chemotherapy which destroy healthy immune cells crucial to the recovery.

Aloe Vera and diabetes - It lowers glucose and tri-glyceride levels in diabetic patients. Effects can be seen from the second week of the treatment.

Aloe Vera as wound and skin disease healer - The gel is excellent for easing first degree burns, relieves inflammation and accelerates healing.

Aloe Vera and Beauty care - Aloe Vera is one herb which can be used almost as freely as water on skin. Mixed with selected essential oils, it makes for excellent skin smoother and moisturizer, sunblock lotion plus a whole range of beauty products. No wonder then that Aloe Vera is referred to as the 'Miracle Plant'. From being an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and a cure for heart burns to helping relieve the symptoms of severe illnesses like cancer and diabetes, to being a beauty aid and health nourisher, this ancient Indian herb has it all. Known for centuries for its unique medicinal properties, it has been rediscovered, reorganized and benefitted from in the last few years. The active ingredients hidden in its succulent leaves have the power to soothe human life and health in a myriad ways. Aloe Vera is undoubtedly, the nature's blessing to humanity and it remains for us to introduce it to ourselves and thank the nature for its never ending bounty.

Aloe Vera Hair Care - One of the latest offerings of korfad products are aloe vera hair care. The aloe vera composition of keratin, vitamin E and panthenol gives your hair a glowing and conditioned look. Various products such as korfad hair gel, aloe vera shampoo, aloe vera conditioners make difference to your hair. Aloe vera hair care products clean and balance your hairs, remove scalp, add proteins to your hair and strengthen your hair.

Disclaimer : Article is only intended to uncover the medical properties of the herb. Please consult your doctor before using.


MAHARAJ said...

Great, such a very informative article. I like your blog

Saurabh Shastri said...

Thanks maharaj...

Jackie said...

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