Aloe Vera - Discover The Queen of Plants
Aloe vera is known as, “The Queen of Plants”, and originated from North Africa. It is native to areas with a tropical climate.
Aloe Vera can be grown worldwide, except for frozen regions, or in the desert. It was historically used as an antidote for the wounds acquired through poisonous arrows.
The common names of Aloe Vera are Aloe Africana, Aloe Gel, Aloe Vera Gel, Elephant’s Gall, Plant of Immortality, Miracle Plant, First Aid Plant, True Aloe, Burn Plant, Lily of the Desert, and the family name of the plant is Xanthorrhoeaceae.
The use of aloe started around 2200 BC, and it's benefits are well known in Persia, Egypt, ancient Greece, Rome, India and Africa. Stones that were 6000 years old have been found in Egypt showing images of aloe vera, which is also referred to as the “plant of immortality“.
Egyptians used to offer aloe vera as an offering for a Pharaoh’s burial gift. According to many legends, aloe vera was the beauty secret of both Cleopatra and Nefertiti, and Nicodemus was said to use it to care for the relics of Christ.
The various parts of Aloe Vera can be used for both internal and external applications, and it is said that many people have been using aloe treatments for over 5000 years. The benefits and positive impact of this miraculous plant are plentiful.
Aloe Vera is rich in vitamins and trace elements (metals) because it contains several vitamins including A, C, E, folic acid, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), and B6. Aloe Vera is among the few plants in the entire world which contain vitamin B12.
Additionally, Aloe Vera offers the body 20 valuable metals including calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, iron, potassium, copper, and manganese.
Aloe vera is a highly durable plant, and it contains 96% water. Although there are more than 300 Aloe Vera species out there, only two are used for therapeutic purposes, which include the Aloe Vera plant and the rare Aloe Ferox Miller plant.
Aloe vera grows in sunny areas, in sheltered gardens, in sandy potting soil, and in well-drained plant-pots.
It usually grows between 0.6-1 m tall, and has thick, fleshy, grey-green leaves, as well as spiked tubular yellow or orange flowers.
The best season to gather Aloe Vera flowers is during the spring time when leaves can be gathered easily. The most beneficial time to gather the aloe vera plant is during the hot summer months.
Medicinal Use of Aloe Vera
- Aloe vera has healing, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, emollient, antibacterial, antiviral, depurative, and cathartic properties.
- Aloe vera leaves can be directly applied or as an ointment. The leaves are excellent for treating several types of burns including sunburns, psoriasis, and wounds (both internal and external use).
- Aloe vera is also excellent for treating insect bites, skin sores, skin problems, acne, acne scars, cold sores, and frostbite.
- Aloe vera juice helps to treat diabetes, asthma, epilepsy, osteoarthritis, stomach disorders, bowel movement complaints, herpes, constipation, fever, and itching.
- This plant is also beneficial for treating colitis, depression, asthma, colds, bleeding, and varicose veins.
- Aloe Vera helps the bodily system to become alkaline. This alkaline property is very important because diseases cannot thrive in a high-alkaline environment. When people mainly consume acidic foods (e.g. sugar), it can be damaging to the health of the body. It is important to remember the 80/20 rule - 80% alkaline foods and 20% acidic foods. Aloe vera is an alkaline food, and thus helps to balance the body in terms of it's acidity amount.
Side Effects and Recommendations
Aloe vera has a strong and distinctive smell that many people are not able to tolerate.
People with kidney and stomach diseases, ulcerative colitis, obstruction, prostatitis, unknown abdominal pain, Crohn’s disease, and hemorrhoids should avoid using Aloe Vera.
The aloe vera plant should be avoided by anyone who is scheduled to have any surgery within the next 15 days, and by people who are already taking drugs for diabetes and blood pressure ailments.
Aloe vera should also be avoided by nursing mothers, children, pregnant women, and by women who are trying to get pregnant. People who take any diuretic or stimulant medication should avoid Aloe Vera as well.
Long term usage or overdosing on aloe vera may cause loss of electrolytes, including potassium loss which can lead to muscular weakness. Overdosing may also cause heart problems, and can increase bone loss.
This plant should not be consumed internally for more than 8-10 days.
Avoid consuming aloe juice products that have been gathered from outer leaves that could contain dangerous chemicals in some instances.
Preparation Methods of Aloe Vera
Fresh juice (internal use): Pour well-washed fresh Aloe Vera leaves into a juicer, or just drink the juice directly. Make sure to consume the smallest dosage possible when first consuming aloe juice in order to avoid any dizziness, nausea, or stomach complaints.
Ointment: Mix 100 g Aloe Vera fresh gel with 250 g animal fat or beeswax. Another way to use aloe vera as an ointment is to cleanse the skin thoroughly, and then apply Aloe Vera gel directly to the problem skin area.
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-Only 60ml of Aloe Vera daily is needed:
- For healthy teeth and gums
- For quick healing of burns and skin irritation
- For better digestion
- For a better immune system
- For more energy
- For more youthful skin
- To be able to receive necessary vitamins
- To be able to receive necessary metals
- To be able to naturally block the beginning of inflammation
- To be able to receive essential amino acids
Aloe Vera Home Treatments
Burns: If you touch a stove or a burning iron, put some aloe vera juice or aloe vera gel on the burnt skin area, and then repeat until the burning sensation has been treated. If necessary, cut an Aloe Vera leaf, wash it well, open it in half, and then put it onto the burn.
Hair Loss: Apply Aloe Vera on the head 2-3 times a day, leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse. For the most optimal results, continue this treatment for at least three months. Aloe vera for hair loss will help not only your hair, but it will help your scalp as well.
Joints Ache: Spread aloe vera on joints and problem areas, and also combine this with internal use. For a period of two months, drink 1-2 teaspoons of aloe vera juice, along with fruit juice and one glass of water, 2-3 times a day. Once symptoms subside, you may reduce the aloe vera dose to one teaspoon consumed in the morning and one teaspoon consumed in the afternoon.
Fungi legs: Apply aloe vera gel directly to the skin area, and then wrap it with a bandage. Repeat until the infection has been treated.
Bruises: Apply aloe directly on the bruise 4-5 times a day. You can also cut a sheet and tie it onto the ailing skin area. The pain as well as the swelling will decrease substantially.
Abrasions and small cuts: First, clean the wound and then apply aloe vera directly onto the ailing skin area. You can also soak a bandage with aloe juice and then tie it to the skin area. Repeat until the cut or abrasion has been healed. The restoration effect of aloe vera will help to heal small wounds quickly.
Eczema: You can use aloe vera externally as an ointment, or as a drink. Drink 1-2 teaspoons daily until the affected skin areas have shown improvement.
Nowadays, more and more research is being conducted on the therapeutic effects of Aloe Vera. In many cases, the results are spectacular.
Aloe Vera is a plant that has very few growing requirements, it can also easily grow in both gardens and pots.
Be sure, however, to keep the plant indoors to keep it safe if the temperature outside drops to below 13 degrees.
It is good to know the age of the aloe vera plant that you buy, because its therapeutic effects are best between the third and fourth year of the plant's life.
I wish for you to be always healthy.