Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, more commonly known as aloe vera gel, is the liquid (or its dehydrated solids)
from the leaf of the Aloe barbadensis plant. The juice from the mucilaginous inner fillet has traditionally been
used in cosmetic and nutritional (drink) applications, as it is light in color, bland in taste (i.e., free of the bitter
aloin that is present in the outer, green portion of the leaf) and rich in carbohydrates, trace minerals and
various organic substances that promote hydration of the skin and health of the body.
Externally, fresh aloe gel from the inner central part (parenchyma) of the leaf often
has a very good effect in acne, pimples, eczema and other skin problems, poorly
healing wounds, leg ulcers, burns due to excessive heat, sun exposure and in the
treatment of radiation dermatitis. Internally, aloe juice can be used in gastro-enteritis
and peptic ulcers. The dried latex, with high barbaloin content, is a strong laxative.
Fresh aloe juice/gel from the inner leaf parenchyma contains 96% water, polysaccharides
(mucilage) consisting mainly of D-glucose and D-mannose, tannins,
steroids, enzymes, plant hormones, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and a small
amount of barbaloin. The dried latex from the superficial pericycle cells contains at
least 28% hydroxyanthracene, calculated as anhydrous barbaloin, which is a mixture
of aloin A and aloin B, resin and saponins.