Aloe Vera

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This plant can be used to heal and treat a large number of medical conditions, such as skin wounds, blisters, jaundice, sunburn, acne, frostbite, constipation, fungal infections, asthma, heartburn, expelling intestinal worms, conjunctivitis, herpes, skin rashes, hepatitis, cirrhosis, insect bites and eczema. It is also able to help protect the body against radiation received through x-rays. Aloe Vera can rejuvenate dry skin, heal fungal and vaginal infections, heal psoriasis and urticaria, reduce the appearance of warts and reduce rosacea. Those suffering from shingles can also benefit a great deal from using this wonder plant.

The compounds found in Aloe Vera are also able to activate the white blood cells necessary to fight against the growth of cancer cells. When used as a paste or lotion, Aloe Vera helps to speed up the healing of cuts, bruises and wounds on the body. It enhances the growth of new skin cells and is also able to reduce the appearance of blemishes or scars on the skin. It has been used as a general health tonic and even as an aphrodisiac. Aloe Vera is able to reduce the appearance of fine lines and skin wrinkles, as well as to help heal sores and lesions found in the mouth.

There are very few side-effects reported with the use of Aloe Vera products. However, it may lead to cramps or abdominal pain. The use of Aloe Vera is not recommended for children and those with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), appendicitis, diverticulitis, haemorrhoids or ulcers. Excessive use may result in the loss of essential electrolytes in the body. Pregnant women should avoid using Aloe Vera as it may cause premature uterine contractions which could lead to miscarriage.

There are very few side-effects reported with the use of Aloe Vera products. However, it may lead to cramps or abdominal pain. The use of Aloe Vera is not recommended for children and those with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), appendicitis, diverticulitis, haemorrhoids or ulcers. Excessive use may result in the loss of essential electrolytes in the body. Pregnant women should avoid using Aloe Vera as it may cause premature uterine contractions which could lead to miscarriage.

Aloe Vera contains many vitamins including A, C, E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6. Aloe Vera is also one of the few plants that contains vitamin B12.

Some of the 20 minerals found in Aloe Vera include: calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper, manganese.

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. There are about 22 amino acids that are necessary for the human body and it is said that 8 of these are essential. Estimates of the amino acids found in aloe range from 18-20 amino acids, with all 8 essential amino acids.

Alove Vera also includes quite an impressive range of fatty acids. Aloe contains three plant sterols, which are important fatty acids- HCL cholesterol (which lowers fats in the blood), campesterol, and B-sitosterol. All are helpful in reducing symptoms of allergies and acid indigestion.

Poor digestion is related to many diseases. A properly functioning digestive tract is one of the keys and foundations of health. Aloe is known to soothe and cleanse the digestive tract and help improve digestion. The interesting thing about taking aloe internally is that, because it is an adaptogen, it helps with either constipation or diarrhea, helping to regulate your elimination cycles in whatever way you need.  It’s been a great remedy for people with problems such as irritable bowel syndrome as well as acid reflux. Aloe also helps to decrease the amount of unfriendly bacteria and in our gut keeping your healthy intestinal flora in balance. Aloe is also a vermifuge, which means it helps to rid the body of intestinal worms.

Disease cannot manifest in an alkaline environment. Most people are living and subsisting on mostly acidic foods. For great health, remember the 80/20 rule – 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acidic. Aloe vera is an alkaline forming food. It alkalizes the body, helping to balance overly acidic dietary habits.

Aloe Vera contains 12 substances, including B-sisterole, which can help to slow down or inhibit inflammation.  This may be able to help with painful joints due to stiffness and help improve joint flexibility.

This plant is incredibly medicinal, yet there are some cautions against long-term use. Just because a little is beneficial, doesn’t mean that a lot is more beneficial. This is an incredibly potent herb and should be used with a level of respect for its potency. Long-term use can lead to loss of electrolytes, especially potassium.

Avoid taking aloe internally during pregnancy, menstruation, if you have hemorrhoids or degeneration of the liver and gall bladder.

Some companies selling Aloe juice recommend that we should take it ‘regularly’ but I don’t necessarily agree. We need to treat this plant as the medicine that it is and by tuning into our bodies we can really start to notice if we’re pulled to this plant for some level of healing. Would we take medicine unnecessarily without our bodies really needing it? Probably not, and that’s the same with plant medicines. If you’re experiencing one of these digestive ailments use it for a short period of time for it’s course in treatment (1-2 weeks) and then stop and wait at least a month before starting again.

 

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