Aloe Vera is a plant that came from the lilac family and originated in Southern Africa. There are more than 300 varieties of Aloe Vera plants in the world, but Aloe Barbadensis is the variety that has the greatest nutritional and therapeutic properties. Aloe grows in most of the warm, sunny climate of the world and it contains its greatest nutritional properties at 2 to 3 years of age.
The thick juicy leaves of Aloe contain two distinct compounds that are used medicinally; one is the thin clear gel or mucilage that oozes from the middle of a broken leaf. The other is the bitter latex, this is derived from the rind – the lining just underneath the leaf surface.
Note: Aloe vera gel should not be exposed in the air for more than 2 hours since it oxidizes easily, therefore losing some of its medicinal properties.
Health Benefits Aloe Vera Gel:
- Works in a way similar to steroids, like cortisone, but without the harmful side effects.
- Effective in destroying the bacteria H. pylori, which is implicated in causing stomach ulcers.
- Help stimulate collagen production.
- Contains salicylic acid, this is the reason for aloe’s pain relieving property.
- Helps in the management and treatment of HIV/ Aids. It also helps cure measles, influenza, and herpes simplex viruses.
- Help lower blood sugar level.
- Lower high cholesterol level. Consuming 10 to 20ml daily of aloe gel for 12 weeks can reduce total cholesterol by 15%, LDL by 18%, and triglycerides by approximately 30%.
- Cure canker sores and thrush (fungal infection in the mouth). Just swish 1tsp aloe gel around the mouth for 5 minutes to soothe the inflamed area. Do it 3 times a day until infection clears.
- Help in the treatment of Celiac Disease. Take 1 Tbsp twice a day 10 minutes before meal.
- Helps clear and resolve stomachache that can be describes as “burning.” Take 1 Tbsp diluted in 6 ounces of water, up to three times daily.
Aloe Gel Benefits for Skin and Hair:
- Poison Ivy and Prickly Heat. Aloe gel is soothing and cooling. Apply aloe gel to the rash to take the heat and stinging out of the skin. Repeat as often as necessary.
- If you have applied aloe vera gel soon after getting sunburn, you were likely very impressed by how effectively it healed the burn and prevented blisters.
- Aloe Vera’s antibiotic action is proven to stop the destructive action of many bacteria such as Salmonella and Staphylococcus that produce pus.
- One study showed that a 0.5% aloe vera cream used for four weeks was significantly effective in relieving psoriasis lesions.
- Aloe gel can stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss and when rub on scalp at least 3 times a week.
- Nursing mother apply aloe gel on their nipples to reduce the supply of milk, thereby serving as an aid to weaning.
- Aloe breaks down the blood-clotting proteins in bruises to dissolve black-and-blue spots faster. It also allows the free flow of blood through the veins and arteries, clearing them of small blood clots. Apply aloe Vera gel to injured area two or three times daily.
Aloe Latex Benefits:
- Aloe’s latex when taken internally can help expel worms.
- Aloe’s latex is a powerful laxative.
Aloe Vera Nutrient Content: C, E, B1, B2, B6, Folic Acid, Choline, and Beta Carotene. It also contains some minerals.
Tips When Buying Aloe Juice: Look for Aloe Vera product that contains a high concentration of aloe gel (80% or higher).
Fresh Aloe Gel Side Effects: On rare occasions, people have reported allergic skin reactions to aloe vera gel.
- Pregnant women must avoid aloe latex; use has been known to trigger abortion or premature birth.
- Women who are menstruating should not use aloe latex, as it may increase blood flow.
- Aloe latex is not recommended for people with intestinal inflammation such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, and it should not be taken by people with inflamed hemorrhoids.
- People with kidney problems should avoid aloe latex.
- Aloe latex causes the loss of potassium and other minerals, which over time can result in loss of muscle tone of the intestine and diminish effectiveness.
- Using aloe latex frequently can lead to a condition known as “lazy colon,” whereby the lower part of your intestinal tract more or less goes on a strike and relies on the laxative effect of the aloe.
“This post was originally published on January 2, 2012 @20:23”