Aloe Vera: Ancient Plant with Modern Possibilities
The Aloe Vera plant has been used for thousands of years to heal a variety of conditions. It is grown in subtropical and tropical locations, including South Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Aloe was one of the most frequently prescribed medicines throughout most of the 18th and 19th centuries and it remains one of the most commonly used herbs in the United States today.
Aloe Vera is a perennial, succulent plant (meaning its leaves hold large quantities of water). The plant can grow up to 4 feet tall, and it’s tough, fleshy, spear-like leaves can grow up to 36 inches long. The clear, thick gel found in the inner part of the leaf is most commonly used for minor cuts and burns. Although aloe is 99 percent water, aloe gel also contains substances known as glycoproteins and polysaccharides. Glycoproteins speed the healing process by stopping pain and inflammation while polysaccharides stimulate skin growth and repair. These substances may also stimulate the immune system.
Since Aloe Vera contains glycoproteins and polysaccharides which are known for their healing properties, it is beneficial in the treatment and prevention of teeth and gum problems as it destroys harmful bacteria, disinfects the mouth, fights infection and bad breath. Scientist are making it easier, by putting Aloe Vera in most of the oral care products like dental floss, mouthwash, etc. to help curb oral issues and keep a healthy mouth.