*Aloe vera is a succulent plant that is often given the status of the immortal plant. In Sanskrit, it is called Kumari, which translates to a young girl. Aloe vera is beneficial in promoting the health of young girls and especially useful when they start their menstrual cycle. The transparent substance that is found in the interior of the aloe vera plant has many healing properties and anti-aging qualities. Aloe vera assists in increasing blood circulation to help eliminate pitta and work to improve liver health. Aloe vera powder works very effectively on the skin.
*Benefits include helping to moisturize the skin, improves the scalp health by maintaining pH balance, improves regularity of menstrual cycle, promotes liver health, aids in healthy bowel movements, supports digestive health, promotes colon health, maintains cholesterol levels, supports oral health, boosts immune system, useful for external cuts, minor burns and wound care.
Suggested Use: 1/4 to 1/3 teaspoon in powdered form, once or twice daily, or use as directed by your health practitioner.
Botanical Name – Aloe barbadensis
Family – Liliaceae
English Name – Indian Aloe
Aloe vera is a stemless or very short-stemmed plant growing to 60–100 cm tall, spreading by offsets. The leaves are thick and fleshy, green to grey-green, with some varieties showing white flecks on their upper and lower stem surfaces. The margin of the leaf is serrated and has small white teeth. The flowers are produced in summer on a spike up to 90 cm tall, each flower being pendulous, with a yellow tubular corolla 2–3 cm long.
Physical and chemical properties of Aloe vera –
Taste – Bitter
Quality – Heavy; Oily; Sticky
Potency – Cold
Post Digestive effect – Pungent
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