Aloe vera is famous for its virtues since the dawn of time. Known by Native Americans as the “wand of heaven” and among Egyptians as “the plant of immortality”, Cleopatra used it to keep her youth. Aloe vera is a gold mine when it comes to health benefits. This is a plant with excellent natural remedy against burns, cuts and different types of wounds. There are also other uses of this plant to prevent our body from being affected by more than one disease or infection. Are you ready ?
What Aloe Vera is made of ?
Aloe produces 2 substances very different in appearance and therapeutic properties. It is important not to confuse them.
Latex, a bitter yellow sap present in the tiny channels of the bark, contains mainly aloin (20% to 40% anthranoids), it’s a molecule with strong laxative effects. It may be irritating to the skin and mucous membranes.
Aloe vera gel, consisting of a clear mucilage found in the heart of the large leaves of aloe, has strong emollient properties (which softens tissues). It is widely used in cosmetology and dermatology. It can also be taken internally, in the form of capsules or juice (drink comprising at least 80% gel).
How about the so called “famous” health benefits ?
1-Helps relieve heartburn
The most common use of the gel extracted from the Aloe Barbadensis Miller leaves is for its soothing action against heartburn. Indeed, Aloe Vera gel’s alkaline nature will neutralize the acidity and balancing Ph, lessen yeast formation, encourage digestive bacteria and regularize bowel processing. If you are subject to bloating, acid digestive discomfort (acid reflux), ulcers, constipation, etc., aloe vera gel will bring a calming effect to the digestive system and help you feel better.
2- Can reduce inflammation
Aloe vera contains acemannan, a natural immune booster. This significantly reduces the inflammatory load and reduces pain. It has been proven that daily internal and external consumption of aloe vera gel helps reduce inflammatory pain related to arthritis. Aloe vera provides an amazing number of vitamins and minerals that help reduce inflammation and fight free radical damage; such as Anti-oxydants, Vitamin A, C and E.
3- Accelerate the healing of burns
It is not always easy to treat burns. There’s a need to find the balance between reducing and controlling possible bacterial infections and natural healing. Since the first use of Aloe vera gel, many tests have been done. ‘By 1959, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of aloe vera ointment as an over-the-counter medication for healing burns on the skin. When aloe vera gel is used on burns, it prevents UV-induced suppression so the area can heal at a faster rate.’
4- Help in the process of body’s detoxification
The high water content of aloe vera is perfect for maintaining an optimal renal function. Did you know that it also aids detoxification of the liver? Closely linked to cucumber in its water content, aloe vera gel quickly becomes a favorite when it comes to detoxifying the liver. Phytonutrients found in the aloes also help restore hepatic enzymes if they are too high.
5- Help to manage diabetes
Several studies have shown that aloe increases insulin levels and lowers blood sugar levels. It seems that the plant has an affect on the pancreas, increasing the production of insulin. However, studies are still underway to confirm these first results.
6- Reduces cholesterol levels
Thanks to antioxidants but especially to phytosterols, many studies have shown that consuming Aloe Vera gel over several months helps reduce LDL levels ‘bad cholesterol’ and allows the increase of HDL ‘good cholesterol’. Although further research is needed to determine the actual benefits for diabetics. “The results of a study published in the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology showed that the production of cholesterol by about 30 percent.”
7- Support the immune system
Aloe Vera is composed of more than 250 active ingredients. Including Vitamins A, B, C and E, many minerals such as copper, zinc, iron, magnesium, manganese or zinc. There are glucose, mannose and cellulose. All of that combined makes it a great weapon to fight all free radicals and give your immune system all it needs. It will help your body fight disease, have more energy, kill bacteria, and protect your cells.
8 – Increases skin health
Thanks to its anti-oxidant actions, aloe vera gel helps in the treatment of acne. In fact, it reduces inflammation, balances the pH of the skin and speeds up the healing process. It can also help in cases of eczema or psioriasis. Regularly applied gel on clean skin can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and smooth lines. It helps boost the collagen of the skin. Aloe Vera gel can also help reduce puffy “eye-bags“.
9- I can calm bladder infections
We all know (or almost all), cranberry and its assets against cystitis. But did you know that adding Aloe gel to cranberry juice can be even more effective? Research by the Urology Wellness Center in the US showed that taking regularly Aloe decrease by 90% the symptoms of patients with interstitial cystitis !
10- Can be use as dental remedies
Thanks to its anti-microbial properties and anti-oxidants, Aloe gel can be used to soothe sensitive gums and fight plaque. It also contributes to the prevention of cavities, reduces the incidence of gingivitis and can, thanks to chlorhexidine, become a very effective mouthwash for perfect dental hygiene!
11- Heals Cold Sores
Having anti-viral and anti-inflammatory proprieties, Aloe Vera gel is helping healing cold sore faster and reduce the pain associate with a cold sore. Applying it on the wound few times a day, it is also safe when consumed by mouth. Which makes it a safer option. The amino acids and Vitamin B6 naturally present in the gel will act as a natural pain treatment and creates antibodies that your immune system will use to protect you.
12- Moisturoize hair and scalp
Aloe Vera is great to help with dry hair, itchy scalp, dandruff, hair growth, … It has tons of vitamins, mineral, nourishing proprieties to keep them strong and healthy ! it will keep your scalp free of bacteria with its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial proprieties. If you have scalp issues, the best is to stay away from chemical shampoos and conditioner. To help calm the itch or the dandruff, apply Aloe Vera gelly on your scalp after your shampoo. It can also be use as a natural hair-gel.
Let me know in the comment if you used Aloe Vera Gel before !
Advice is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP before trying any remedies.
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Having a passion for nature and herbal medicine, it is quite natural that I became a vendor of forever products after my encounter with aloe vera which helped me a lot to find the health and well-being that ensues. The purpose of this blog is to share my research and my experiences about nutrition and the use of the natural products of Forever brand.