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Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has a long history of medical use. It is famous of its ability to heal burns and cuts and soothe pain. It is commonly found ingredient in ointments that heal sunburn, slight injuries, skin irritations and many other conditions. It is also consumed in the alternative medical treatments and as an herbal home remedy.

History of healing power

Egyptian medical writings dating from 1500 BC are mentioning aloe vera and its healing powers. According to the legend, Cleopatra used aloe vera to keep her skin smooth and soft. Aloe was used in ancient wars to help heal the injured warriors. It was applied to scores, infections, blisters, insect bites or used to cure internal health problems.

Dr. C.E. Collins conducted the first comprehensive scientific research on aloe vera and its health benefits in 1934. In this research conducted on patients with roentgen dermatitis, aloe vera leaves were applied on the ulcerated skin lesions. The results of the study report outstanding improvement. Based on these studies, Dr. J.E. Crewe recommended a wider use of the aloe vera in treating chronic ulcers, eczema, burns, sunburn, poison ivy, and minor injuries.

Aloe vera in dentistry

Recently, aloe vera also gained popularity in dentistry as it has been shown that aloe vera can help fight periodontal gum disease. Aloe vera is famous of antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and regenerative potential. Recently, in 1982, aloe vera has gained some popularity as an active ingredient in tooth gel. Such, a product had an anesthetic potential to reduce microorganisms, offered better healing, and relief to the patients. Similar to its use on skin, the aloe vera in tooth gels is used to clean and soothe teeth and gums, and is as effective as toothpaste to fight cavities. Aloe vera has the ability to:Enhance defensive mechanismsFight against bacteria and virusesProvide nutritional supportIncrease the regenerative potentialProvide anesthetic qualitiesMaintain anti-inflammatory response.Aloe vera contributes to healing, reduction of unpleasant odor and pain control. It has no side effects and there is not a single identified case of allergic reaction to aloe vera. Recent studies show that aloe vera tooth gel is equivalent, and at times more efficient, than the commercial brands of toothpastes, in controlling cavity-causing microorganisms. In addition, as aloe vera tooth gel is less harsh on teeth, it does not have the abrasive elements usually found in toothpastes, and for this reason, it is a better option for people with sensitive teeth or gums.

However, not all of the products contain the proper form of aloe vera. Recommended products contain the stabilized gel that is located in the center of the aloe vera plant.

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