Aloe Vera is the plant of immortality, first discovered by the ancient Egyptians millennia ago. The plant is native to the east and north of Africa and its name comes from the Arabic word that means ‘bitter’. The ancient Egyptians were the first to discover the incredible health benefits of this plant 5000 years ago and there are even pictorial representations of the plant on some monuments and tombs in Egypt. The Egyptian priests and alchemists were the ones who knew how to use Aloe Vera for spiritual, medicinal and cosmetic treatments. The plant was used for a number of purposes:
- The Queen Cleopatra had used it to moisturize her skin
- It was used for pharaoh embalming
- People hung it in their houses for protection
- It was believed to boost fertility
- They used it for burns and injuries as it accelerated healing time
- It was used for a variety of digestive problems
The Arabs introduced the plant to Europe and its global expansion began. The whole world started realizing the miracles Aloe Vera can make and world-wide production began. They started planting it and extracting its gel, which was then used for a plethora of products, medicinal and cosmetic.
The Aloe Vera leaves have 2 main parts, the green bark that covers the leaf and the gel inside of it. The most commonly used part of the Aloe plant is the gel, which is rich in a number of minerals, enzymes and polysaccharides, which are all extremely health beneficial. Aloe Vera abounds in:
- acids: linoleic, glutamine, oleic, myristic, palmitic, formic and aspartic.
- minerals: zinc, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese and aluminum.
- vitamins: C, E, A, folic acid, thiamin, niacin and riboflavin
- arginine (an amino acid)
- carbs: fructose, galactose, glucose, arabinose and acetylated mannose.
Aloe Vera uses
Aloe Vera offers tremendous benefits in the treatment of gastric problems. Due to the abundance of polysaccharides it has amazing anti-ulcer properties and can alleviate a number of problems like gastritis, heartburn, acid reflux, hiatal hernia and inflammation. It was also discovered that the plant can hinder the development of the Helicobacter pylori, which is the main cause for chronic gastritis and ulcers formation.
To treat this condition, mix a tablespoon of Aloe Vera gel in a glass of water and consume the mixture on a daily basis.
For intestinal problems
Aloe Vera reduces the pain and irritation which is usually associated with intestinal conditions. It has natural anti-inflammatory properties and fights cramps and general intestinal discomfort. Research has shown that, depending on the severity of the symptoms, you should take about 75-150 ml of Aloe Vera on a daily basis for the treatment of the following conditions:
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- ulcerative colitis
- leaky gut
- Crohn’s disease
Divide the appropriate dose into three doses and perform the treatment on a daily basis. If the disease outbreaks and advances, the Aloe Vera treatment will not be enough which means you need to consult a doctor and start an appropriate treatment.
Since Aloe is abundant in acetylated mannose it directly influences your immune system. Regular consumption of Aloe Vera will strengthen your immune system and promote your health defense.
Aloe Vera has proven to be very effective in the prevention of cancer as well. It’s rich in antioxidants like vitamin E and C, beta carotene, beta sitosterol and zinc, all of which are known for their anti-cancer properties. It’s especially effective against prostate, breast, lung and stomach cancer.
Skin care and protection
Aloe Vera has antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which can be beneficial for your skin if you’re dealing with:
- A small cut, injury or burn as it speeds up recovery time
- Eliminate scars or treat minor wounds, just apply it on the affected area and you’ll stop the bleeding, speed up healing and prevent bacterial infections.
- Insect bites, apply some gel on the affected spot and you’ll alleviate the itching, burning, pain and rashes and you’ll feel immediate relief form the discomfort.
- For burns of any type, it will speed up recovery time, relieve the pain and help your burn heal properly.
- Angina, for which you need to gargle with some diluted aloe Vera and water.
- Hemorrhoids, to relieve them and prevent recurrence if you treat them regularly.
- For skin cleansing, as it has astringent properties which regenerate and rejuvenate the skin.
- To moisture your skin after shaving or waxing.
- For acne breakouts.