Many of us are familiar with the thick and fleshy Aloe Vera plant as it has tremendously increased in fame over the years for its magical properties. The plant has been in use for thousands of years to bring ready, healthy, natural remedies to the body as a whole, internally and externally. The plant is mostly green in color, with a touch of yellow or gold on the tips sometimes. The leaves are pointed with rough thorn like edges. It is mostly made up of the gel like substance in the middle. It is said that the plant is made up of 99% water. It is from the Liliaceae family of plants. The Aloe Vera plant is used in different forms. It can be used straight from the ground when harvested, eaten raw as it is after being washed and the rough edges removed of course. The gel like substance in the middle can be extracted and blended to make a paste or some liquid, like water, an be added to it to make it into a juice. The gel can also be extracted and then dried and ground into powder which can then be formed into capsules.
Aloe Vera is well used in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical and food industries all over the world. Its high vitamin and mineral content makes it valuable to solve a lot of health related problems, it is preferred because it is all natural.
It has great nutritional value bursting with essence form vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, A,C,E; minerals like calcium, zinc, magnesium, sodium, iron, potassium and many more.
It is a well known medicinal plant that helps in the rejuvenation of various parts and systems of the body. It has been tested and proven to heal bleeding gums, swollen gums and can be a replacement for mouth wash as it stops plaque dead in its tracks. Some people say that Aloe Vera can reduce blood sugar so it can be used in the treatment of diabetes. It helps with digestion in the body. You can take Aloe Vera often to help with proper digestion. Because of its laxative properties it can serve as a remedy for constipation and uneasiness. It can be used for detoxification. If you want to go through a detox or cleanse of your body system, maybe after going on an eating spree or just as a healthy habit or routine, it is a very good idea to add Aloe Vera to part of your ingredients for the cleanse. Aloe Vera also boosts the immune system of the body. Because t is full of so many vitamins and minerals and it is an anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant it helps in maintaining the body system to keep it against break down. It aids the body to function to a higher capacity and you feel more relaxed than stressed.
For treatment of the skin Aloe Vera is also widely used in treating wounds and burns. It is soothing to burns, rashes and irritations; helps to contract the skin to encourage wounds to heal faster. It helps soothe itching of the skin. It is said to soften the skin itself so it can be used on the face. It can be used alone or in collaboration with other ingredients as a face mask towards achieving healthy, soft face. It also has some anti-ageing properties.
Aloe Vera is moisturizing and is used as a humectant in hair treatment. It helps to attract moisture from the environment to the hair to keep it from getting dry easily and thus resulting in hair breakage and damage. It is a natural conditioner for hair and can be used in deep treatments of hair added to deep conditioners or it can be added to everyday conditioner and used to moisturize the hair daily. The anti-bacterial properties of the plant make it a good replacement for shampoos in washing hair as normal shampoos contain a lot of sulphate that can be damaging to hair and rip it of its natural nutrients. Not only is it better for washing hair it can be used to treat problems of dandruff. So it doubles as a moisturizing shampoo and dandruff treatment.
Many people complain that Aloe Vera is bitter so it doesn’t matter how healthy or helpful it is they would rather get same nutrition from alternative sources even though it may be more convenient to get it from Aloe Vera. One tip I have for you is to cut off the yellow part from the stem and peel off the green outside of the plant, you could use a potato peeler for precession and safety rather than a knife, and make use of the gel-like inside. It is more tasteless than bitter really. Because of all of these very good advantages of Aloe Vera you should be careful with it because like any other drug it can be over dosed. Too much of anything is bad and too much Aloe Vera can be harmful to your body. The intake of Aloe Vera is advised in a controlled intake form. It is better to give breaks in between the intake of this plant. Don’t consume it daily for months consecutively. Also it is important to note that Aloe Vera is not the cure for all ailments, you should research well on the plant, better still talk to your doctor or a physician, before using it as a long term remedy.