Sabila or Aloe vera as it is world widely known belongs to the family Liliaceae.
It is widely propagated in the Philippines as an ornamental and medicinal plant. Its sap from fresh leaves are used for alopecia, falling hair, burns, psoriasis, complexion care. Pounded leaves poultice for contusions and localized edema.
Research studies have shown that sabila has properties comprising of inhibitory, anti-inflammatory, regenerative, and anti-bacterial functions. The aloe vera plant has been found to have great contributions to health, both internally and externally.
Internally, sabila’s purgative properties, brought about by the existence of six antiseptic agent substances in the plant (that is, cinnamic acid, lupeol, sulphur, salicylic acid, phenol and urea nitrogen), make it ideal in eradicating parasites, harmful bacteria, and fungi in the intestinal tracts. Internal use of aloe vera gel is considered safe with no known interactions.
For hypertension, arthritis, diabetes, intestinal parasites, constipation and anti-aging properties remove the skin and take internally. The jell liquefies after a few minutes and can be mixed with other drinks.
Externally, sabila can be used for the treatment of acne, pimple burns, insect bites, dandruff, and for moisturizing and hydrating the skin. The poultices of the aloe vera leaves may be applied directly to contusions. For external use, have not been reported adverse reactions and allergic reactions are very rare.
For treatment of skin inflammation, acne, pimple, insect bites, scalds (minor burns), sunburns, and psoriasis, remove the skin of a leaf then rub Sabila (Aloe Vera) juice on your skin. For dandruff, dry or itchy scalp the sabila gel can be mixed with coconut oil apply on the scalp and leave it there for at least 30 minutes, then rinse.
Aloe vera or Sabila contains vitamins B1, B2, B6, vitamin C, choline, niacin amide and 18 amino acids. You can mix the Aloe Vera extract with fruit juice and other drinks.
Aloe Vera is also an anti-oxidant in which, it prevents oxidation of certain fats and gene cells, preventing ailing conditions like tumors and cancers.
Since it is an anti-oxidant, it has anti-aging properties. It also reduces free radicals, which can damage the arteries.