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Aloe is a succulent plant belonging to the Aloaceae family. Typical of hot and dry climates, this plant is known for its "miraculous" properties. Aloe has recognized detoxifying, emollient, healing, disinfectant and immunostimulating properties. Aloe extracts were used in the past to heal wounds and burns or to soothe sunburns or burns. In nature, the plant has a stem just over half a meter high and with thorny and lanceolate leaves of a gray-green color. There are two varieties of aloe: barbadensis and arborescens. The first, also called aloe vera, has all the properties we have just listed. The second is similar to the first, except that the leaves are longer, greener and more thorny. Aloe arborescens is also at the center of a debate that considers it an effective remedy for cancer. The studies are still in progress and for the moment there are no certain confirmations or even denials. They have been, ... continue
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continue ... , however, the detoxifying and immunostimulating properties of aloe arborescens, considered superior to those of aloe vera, have already been verified. Remedies based on extracts of this plant can therefore have a useful preventive function, avoiding cell damage produced by free radicals and toxic substances taken with food or breathed in the air. Aloe contains 160 different substances, including mineral salts, vitamins, aloin, anthraquinones, polysaccharides, acetylsalicylic acid and choline. Some substances in aloe, such as aloin and polysaccharides, have laxative effects. The greatest concentration of laxative substances is found in the peel and in the superficial part of the pulp, which is why only the internal pulp is used when processing the plant. A gel with emollient and moisturizing effects is extracted from the aloe pulp. The gel is often used as a cosmetic, but also to soothe redness and sunburn. Aloe extracts are also used to make creams, shower baths or dietary supplements in capsule form. To be truly effective, aloe extracts must be obtained from plants grown without the use of pesticides or fungicides. The latter, in fact, penetrate into the plant tissues, eliminating the concentration of the active ingredients. Aloe is also a wonderful ornamental plant that lends itself to being grown on the ground, in pots and on balconies and terraces. Present in arid and stony areas, this species reproduces by seed or by division of the basal branches (suckers). Suckers can be taken from plants found along roadsides. Easy to grow, aloe also produces reddish flowers with a pleasant decorative effect.
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