Aloe is another plant you should pay attention to. It is a piece of gold among the healthy food. Next to turmeric or ginger, it should play an important role in your life. Just add it to a blender and mix it with turmeric, ginger, oranges, and bananas and it will do wonders.
I invite you to read most important information about this wonderful plant.
Aloe Vera can be grown at home
Aloe is a perennial, evergreen plant. It contains, in its thick and fleshy leaves, large amounts of water in the form of mucous pulp with a lot of transparent liquid. It can survive even long-term drought.
It grows in extreme conditions. Its natural environment is Madagascar, the Canary Islands, and South Africa, where it reaches up to 4 meters in height. Cultivated in greenhouses or pots grows usually up to 1 meter. It belongs to the family of succulents, that is, just like a cactus, it stores water in the leaves.
It produces big orange-red flowers. In home conditions, it rarely blooms. It is grown all over the world as a valuable raw material. Healing properties do not depend on the origin of the leaves. It can also be cultured in domestic conditions.
Aloe Vera contains 200 elements…
Aloe Vera and its healing properties have been known for centuries. For the longest time, it has been used as an effective laxative and choleretic agent.
It contains about 200 fully active ingredients such as: vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, polysaccharides and fatty acids.
- Vitamins: A, C, E, folic acid, choline, vitamin B-1, B-2, B-3, B-6, B-12.
- Micronutrients: calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, potassium, copper, iron, manganese.
- Amino acids: around 18-20.
- Fatty acids:
- Campesterol – it has anti-inflammatory properties, which protects your bones and joints.
- beta–sitosterol – reduces the absorption of cholesterol in the intestines, helps to relieve the allergies,
- linoleic acid,
- alpha-linolenic acid,
- myristic acid,
- Caprylic acid,
- oleic acid,
- palmitic acid,
- stearic acid.
Aloe has a very wide range of benefits:
- Orally: in catarrh of the stomach and intestines, in stomach ulcers, duodenum, and large intestine, in neuralgia and rheumatic pains, in bleeding, in anemia, in lung diseases.
- For rinsing: in eye diseases in inflammation of the cornea and conjunctiva, in catarrh of the mucous membranes of the nose and mouth. Use in the form of eye wraps, applying gauze soaked in aloe juice.
- Externally: in the case of various skin changes, caused by bacterial and fungal infections, such as ulcers, pustules, rashes, burns, pressure sores. Its leaves previously washed and cut, should be put on infected places.
- Aloe and the gel obtained from its leaves contains compounds with biostimulant properties. It has antibacterial, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, and also stimulates the body’s immune processes and generally strengthens it.
- Additionally, it has regenerative and healing properties.
- Aloe juice stimulates and regulates human immune processes
- It is used in ophthalmology, in peptic ulcer disease, in bronchial asthma, in rheumatic diseases, in neuroses, in the treatment of psoriasis, eczema, and allergies.
Fresh leaf pulp is used for the treatment of radiation burns and difficult to heal wounds.
- regulates digestive processes.
- heals reflux (reversing gastric contents into the esophagus).
- Relieves the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
- Maintains the balance of bacteria in the gut.
- It destroys parasites, worms, pinworms, roundworms and even tapeworms.
- Cleanses the body, specifically amino acids, polysaccharides absorb the toxins and connect to them and then expel them from the body. They even manage the difficult to remove ones.
- Aloe helps to acidify the body. Its pH is alkaline.
- Regulates blood pressure by properly oxidizing the blood.
- It lowers the level of sugar in the blood.
- It Helps to fight free radicals because it contains antioxidants.
- Lowers the fever.
- It has a great effect on the condition of your skin: heals wounds, burns including sunburn, psoriasis.
- Acts as an analgesic on wounds, insect bites, antipruritic, anti-inflammatory, wounds bleed less.
- it helps to digest food and cleanse the body, so it works as a great slimming agent.
- You have more energy and strength.
- Supports cancer treatment, sometimes even stops the disease such as leukemia.
How does aloe vera work on your skin?
Aloe Vera is used as a moisturizer for the skin, it softens and elasticizes, increases the amount of collagen and elastin. It also disinfects and acts as an antibiotic. It contains antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory properties. Thanks to the substances it contains, it delays or completely reverses the inflammation.
How do you use a fresh aloe leaf to heal damaged skin?
You can cut the leaf and apply it to the wound. It accelerates the healing process, stops the bleeding and additionally decontaminates the wound. Aloe Vera ointments treat even hard-healing burns, decubitus ulcers, sores, ulcers. Thus, they relieve pain. It is one of the most commonly used plants in the cosmetics industry. It is used in the production of ointments, creams, and gels. Juices and pulp made from the plant are used to produce skin regenerating agents and lotions preventing hair loss.
Currently, it is very popular as a drinking juice. When buying it, you must pay attention to its origin, composition, whether there are any artificial additives, and the kind of container it is stored in; dark glass bottles are preferred. Drinking aloe juice reduces sugar levels, supports and increases the body’s immunity. However, do not drink large amounts of the juice. It might have a laxative effect, and this, in turn, can deplete your body from electrolytes and especially from potassium.
If you have an aloe plant at home, you can use it as a healing agent. You just need to be sure that the plant is at least 3 years old and its stems(leaves) are at least 20 cm high. A few days before cutting the leaves, you should stop watering it.
How to make aloe juice at home?
First of all, you must have an access to fresh aloe leaves that are at least 2 years old, (but the plant can not be too old as well). The plant, which is about 30 cm high, is suitable and good for medicinal purposes. A plant that has the steams on the sides is more than a year old. Cut aloe steams store in the fridge for about 1 day (this strengthens its properties). After this time, you can extract the pulp from the leaves.
In a glass jar, mix aloe vera with freshly squeezed orange juice, or lemons or other citrus fruits in an amount of about ½ liter. The obtained mixture can be strained through a sieve, or if it does not bother you, you can leave it in this form. You can store it in a refrigerator in a glass, dark jar for about 1 week.
Another version is with honey. Freeze the same amount of leaves in the fridge. Then mix it with water and again you can but do not have to strain the resulting solution through a sieve. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and store it in the fridge as described above. You can also mix it with citrus juice.
Aloe vera herbal tea: store the same amount of leaves in the refrigerator for about 1 week, then cut them into small pieces, add a teaspoon of sage and marigold flowers or a ribwort plantain on a teaspoon, pour 2 cups of boiling water and keep in a thermos. After about an hour, the mixture is ready to be used for rinsing the mouth and the throat, for poultices on ulcers, wounds and for intimate hygiene.
Interestingly, the leaves mixed with water are great as a hair conditioner.
Despite the fact that aloe vera is a universal drug, the mixtures should not be taken by pregnant women, because in some cases they can be dangerous.
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