Aloe Vera Benefits
Aloe Vera has been used as a medical plant since the times of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. This succulent plant grows naturally in Africa and the countries around the Mediterranean. In warm climates the Aloe Vera will produce narrow tubular yellow flowers.
In colder climates this plant can be planted in containers. The Aloe Vera is a wonderful plant to keep in your home.
It does need a sunny place and well drained soil. It does not do well in temperatures under 10 ° C.
Aloe has a strong ability to heal burns. The gel is used as a protective coat on the wounded area and it speeds up the healing process. The gel has a soothing effect on burns. It has antibacterial and antifungal qualities. Aloe is the perfect first aid plant to keep in your home.
Aloe Vera is also great to use on poison ivy burns. Many people keep the plant in their home for this purpose only. When treating minor burns use only the clear gel from the plant.
Fresh aloe gel needs to be used straight away as it will lose its strength after being exposed to oxygen for a while.
Treating the red and itching area of the skin with Aloe Vera will reduce the itching and speed up the recovery.
Aloe Vera in shampoo will make your hair very shiny. It has become a quite common ingredient in many commercial produced shampoos.
Aloe Vera gel is good to use on dry skin.
Aloe Vera will help reduce wrinkles and the gel is often used for removing dead skin cells.
Aloe contains acemannan, glucomannes, enzymes, vitamins A, B, C, and E, amino acids, minerals, saponins, sterols and salicylic acid.
Aloe juice is made from mixing the clear gel inside the leaves with water.
- Do not use Aloe Vera on staph infections as it may lock in the infection and the condition will only get worse.
- Juice from Aloe Vera that contains aloin can irritate the digestive system.
Aloin is a bitter tasting, yellow-brownish substance found in the outer leaf of the Aloe plant. Aloin also goes by the name barbaloin.
- Do not take Aloe Vera internally if you are pregnant or breast feeding, especially if it contains aloin. Also do not drink Aloe Vera juice if you have diabetes.
- Aloe Vera is known to lower the sugar level. Please consult with your doctor if you have any concerns.
Be careful taking Aloe Vera internally, making sure it doesn’t contain aloin. In Japan there is a limit to how much aloin is permitted to be in juice. In May 2002, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made a ruling stating that aloin-containing products for internal use no longer were permitted the United States.
Aloe Vera juice (without aloin) is absolutely safe to drink for the average healthy person.
Aloe Vera juice is known to strengthen the immune system.
It also improves circulation and helps to heal ulcers.
Aloe increases blood to the uterus. It is used to reduce hot flashes in women during the menopause.
It is also used to reduce the discomforts of PMS.
Aloe is used to fight obesity.
It regulates sugar and fat metabolism.
Aloe can help abolish heartburn.
Drinking Aloe Vera juice certainly does have great benefits!
The Indian name for Aloe Vera is kumara, which means young girl. A young woman would take Aloe Vera gel three times a day the week before her menstrual period was expected. This was taken as a remedy to reduce the menstrual pains.
In ancient Egypt the Aloe Vera was called the “plant of immortality”. Cleopatra was known to use Aloe Vera on a regular basis to keep her skin soft and reduce wrinkles.
Alexander the Great brought Aloe Vera when going on mission and into battle. It was commonly used to treat the wounds of his soldiers.