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General

  • Aloe vera (syn. A. barbadensis Mill., A. vulgaris Lam.) is a species of Aloe, native to northern Africa.
  • Aloe, a popular houseplant, has a long history as a multipurpose folk remedy.
  • Aloe vera plant can be separated into two basic products: gel and latex.
  • Aloe vera gel is the leaf pulp or mucilage, a thin clear jelly-like substance obtained from the parenchymal tissue that makes up the inner portion of the leaves
  • Aloe latex, commonly referred to as "aloe juice," is a bitter yellow exudate from the pericyclic tubules just beneath the outer skin of the leaves.
  • It is a stemless or very short-stemmed succulent plant growing to 80–100 cm tall, spreading by offsets and root sprouts.

Cultivation

  • Aloe vera is relatively easy to care for in cultivation in frost-free climates.
  • Aloe Vera can be cultivated on any soil for 'dry land management', sandy loamy soil is the best suited for it.
  • Aloe vera has a long history of cultivation throughout the drier tropical and subtropical regions of the world, both as an ornamental plant and for herbal medicine.
  • Aloe Vera is generally propagated by root suckers by carefully digging out without damaging the parent plant and planting it in the main field.

Process

  • Aloe Vera Product should use a process that employs the lowest possible temperature to dry the Aloe's inner gel without subjecting the gel to harsh conditions, i.e., freeze drying (such conditions would kill a living plant).
  • The process of harvesting, cleaning and extracting the leaves of aloe vera to obtain Aloin, Aloe Vera Gel & Juice.
  • Aloe Vera gel, extracted from the center of the plant’s leaves, contains celluloid matter that gives it a semisolid consistency and makes it unsuitable for consumption unless it is purified.

Applications

  • Aloe gel has been used for topical treatment of wounds, minor burns, and skin irritations.
  • The long chain mannan polysaccharides in Aloe vera helps activate and boost the Immune System.
  • As an antioxidant, aloe vera guards against damage by free radicals and unwarranted toxins in the body. It also regulates blood pressure, and acts in rheumatism, arthritis, and infections of the kidney, the urinary tract and the prostate.
  • Aloe has a high enzyme content (about 92 enzymes), which makes it a rare and valuable resource because enzymes help the body absorb basic nutrients while also purifying it.

Market

  • Aloe Vera is among the few medicinal plants by virtue of their extensive medicinal, nutraceutical and other uses enjoy a major chunk of the market across the globe.
  • The major markets for Aloe Vera and its extracts are Australia, US and the entire Europe.
  • The world market for aloe based finished products is stated as around US$ 25 billions.
  • USA supplies the major bulk of aloe in world market having a share of 60-65%, whereas Latin American countries supplies 20-25% and Australia, China and India jointly has a market share of only 10%.
  • In India, Aloe vera is largely used in cosmetic applications such as skin moisturiser, skin cream and hair tonic.

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