Aloe Vera

Scientific Name: Aloe Barbadensis

Bahasa Indonesian: Lidah Buaya

Batak: Lidah Buaya

Basic Information: 

Aloe vera is a succulent plant species of the genus Aloe. An evergreen perennial, it originates from the Arabian Peninsula but grows wild in tropical climates around the world and is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal uses. The species is also used for decorative purposes and grows successfully indoors as a potted plant.

Aloe vera is a stemless or very short-stemmed succulent plant growing to 60–100 cm (24–39 in) tall, spreading by offsets. The leaves are thick and fleshy, green to grey-green, with some varieties showing white flecks on their upper and lower stem surfaces.

It is found in many consumer products including beverages, skin lotion, cosmetics, or ointments for minor burns and sunburns although there is little scientific evidence for the effectiveness or safety of Aloe vera extract as a cosmetic or medicine.


Health Benefits:

  • Aloe vera contains various powerful antioxidant compounds. Some of these compounds can help inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria
  • Applying Aloe vera to burn wounds appears to accelerate the healing process. The evidence is inconclusive for other wound types
  • When used as a mouth rinse, pure Aloe vera juice is just as effective at reducing dental plaque buildup as regular mouthwash
  • Application of Aloe vera, either as a patch or gel, has been shown to aid in the recovery of mouth ulcers (canker sores)
  • Aloe vera latex has strong laxative effects, making it useful to treat constipation. It does not appear to be beneficial for other diseases of the digestive tract
  • Early evidence suggests that Aloe vera may have anti-aging effects on the skin, but more research is needed
  • About 8 oz of fortified aloe vera juice contains 9.1 grams of vitamin C. This vitamin is vital for a person’s overall health, as it is a natural antioxidant and helps fight inflammation
  • Early evidence suggests that Aloe vera may help with blood sugar management, but more research is needed. Ingesting Aloe vera supplements in the long term could also be hazardous


Fun Facts:

  • Aloe vera plants are hardy and long-lived. Wild species have been known to survive for 100 years
  • Egypt’s Queen Cleopatra was said to apply aloe vera gel to her skin as part of her beauty ritual
  • The aloe gel is 96% water, which enables the plant to survive in arid regions
  • Aloe Vera has been used to treat skin conditions since 2100 BC – or at least that is the earliest mention of the plant