People in old times used to acknowledge the healing powers of Mother Earth. These powers could easily be found inside botanics, plants and flowers. Healers of that time, used to make natural remedies using specific parts of the plant or their oils, to heal or to treat their patients.
One of the strongest Indian remedy is the use of Aloe Vera plant.
Aloe Vera as a plant
Over 500 species of flowering succulent plants are spread over Africa, the Middle East and various Indian islands. The most widely known and one used for medical reasons is Aloe Vera. The Aloe Vera plant is stemless or very short-stemmed with thick, greenish, fleshy leaves that fan out from the plant’s central stem. The margin of the leaf is serrated with small teeth. The plant grows in a spiral motion, mimicking the life force itself. When the plant is mature enough, it produces offsets—also known as plantlets, pups, or “babies”—that can be removed to produce an entirely new plant.
This ability of self reproduction is Aloe’s most important characteristic!
There are two parts of the aloe plant that are used by people to create a variety of products. The gel, that is obtained from the cells in the centre of the leaf and the latex that is obtained from the cells just beneath the leaf skin.
The use of Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera was officially listed as a purgative and skin protector by the U.S. pharmacopoeia in 1820 and was clinically used in the 1930s for the treatment of radiotherapy burns to the skin and mucous membranes.
Aloe in cosmetic use is often in liquid or powder extract form and derived from aloe gel. It is used as the main ingredient in a lot of skin care products specially for its moisturizing, healing, soothing and rejuvenating properties.
It is suitable for all skin types and that makes it so popular.
Aloe is used in many self care products, in alternative medicine and homeopathy. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the U.S., part of the National Institutes of Health, Aloe latex contains strong laxative compounds. Using topically Aloe gel may help in abrasions and burns.
The aloe vera juice finds wide application in food products due to her highly value ingrediets. It is used in health and soft drink, laxative and sport drinks, combined with lemon or cucumber juice and even used for the production of whiskey, bread and yogurt.
Why Aloe is considered a Super Food
Aloe contains a lot of important factors such as:
are important because they neutralise the free radicals. Aloe is full of Vitamin A, C, E, B12 and folic acid.
help in the breakdown of fats and sugars in the blood, plus they reduce the inflammation when coming in contact with the skin.
have anti inflammatory properties and help with wound healing.
contain anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties.
such as calcium, potassium, chromium, magnesium, manganese, copper, selenium, sodium and zinc that play an important role on the good functionality of the whole body system.
that act as analgesicts and antibacteliars.
Aloe Vera’s proven Health Benefits
- Treats burns
Aloe is the best treatment you can have in cases of any burn and especially for sun burns. By applying aloe on your skin you will experience its cooling and healing effects.
- Moisturises the skin but also the skull
The variety of vitamins and minerals that are present in this plant, are helping you to keep your hair strong and healthy while antibacterials prevent any skin reaction.
- Aids digestion
Its anti-inflammatory and laxative components, help the digestion process. Aloe Vera normalises the acid/alkaline in your body, balances the ph, lessens yeast formation, encourages digestive bacteria in your stomach and regularises the bowel processing.
- Boosts the Immune System
enzymes present in aloe help with the break down of proteins and further more the breakdown of proteins into amino acids. This process is vital for the optimal function of the cells. More over, zinc that is contained inside the gel of aloe plays a vital role for our immunity.
- Treats Inflammation
inflammation is the root of most diseases. Aloe Vera provides an amazing number of vitamins and minerals that reduce inflammation and fight free radical damage.
- Naturally heals acne, psoriasis and eczema
since it helps the healing process of the skin, it can also treat any skin problem that arises.
Especially, Bradykinase reduces the excessive inflammation when applied topically to the skin.
- Helps in cancer treatment
all the toxins and radicals coming from chemotherapy are absorbed by the body. Aloe’s minerals and vitamins help flushing out all these toxins.
>>>To optimise your health and prevention, consider including aloe vera in your daily routine.
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*Keep in mind that before taking Aloe Vera by mouth, consult your doctor because there are some cases such as specific medication, Crohn’s disease, hemorrhoids and blood sugar issues that the use of aloe is irrelevant.