Investigatory Project Aloe Vera

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Abstract

Aloe vera, commonly known as Barbados or Curaçao Aloe, is an herbal medicine with a long tradition of use by a variety of cultures. The succulent plant grows in arid and subtropical climates and is best known for 2 distinct preparations: the clear mucilaginous gel that is widely used for the treatment of minor burns, especially sunburns, and the thick sap of the leaves that turns yellow-brown and has strong laxative effects that caution its use. The traditional uses of the clear mucilaginous gel are manifold, ranging from topical applications to reduce perspiration to oral dosing for diabetes and a range of gastrointestinal ailments. The efficacy of aloe vera gel to treat burn wounds, genital herpes, and seborrheic dermatitis
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However, the use of aloe vera gel in topical applications has widely been confirmed in the clinical studies as safe.

Ingredients

Aloe leaf
500mg (powdered) Vitamin C (for every 1/4 cup of gel)
400 IU Vitamin E (for every 1/4 cup of gel)
Steps:

1. Wash your hands. This is to make sure the gel isn't contaminated. 2. Slice off an outer leaf of an aloe plant. 3. Peel it. Scoop out gel with a spoon. 4. Place into a blender. 5. Add these ingredients to preserve the gel naturally. For every 1/4 cup of aloe leaf, add: * 500 mg powdered vitamin c (you can crush tablets into powder) * 400 IU vitamin E. 6. Place in a sterilized, clean glass jar. Will keep for several months in the refrigerator. 7. Apply several times a day to cuts, wounds, or burns/skin irritations, and in hair.

RESULTS AND DISCUSSION

The results showed that both the gel and the leaf have inhibitory effect on S. aureus with zone of inhibition 18.0 and 4.0 mm, respectively. Among the bacteria and fungi tested, A. Vera gel possesses greatest inhibitory effect on the S. aureus. This result could be responsible for the popular use of A. Vera gel and leaf to relieve many types of gastrointestinal irritations (Foster, 1999; Grindlay and Reynolds, 1986) since S. aureus form part of the normal microbial flora of the skin, upper respiratory

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