Aloe Vera

Aloe Plant.

The Aloe plant is an Succulent with long green, fleshy leaves and spikes along the edges. and a member of the Lily Family.
Every household should have an Aloe plant for use on cuts, burns or sunburns.
The plant itself is very easy to grow. It tolerates poor soil and needs little water, but should be in a sunny spot.
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The Egyptians wrote about the healing properties of Aloe at 1500 BC.

Alexander the Great fought for the Somalia Island, where the Aloe plants grew, so he could use them to heal the wounds of his soldiers.  Eventually the Arabs carried the Aloe plant to Spain and Asia.  Around the 6th century it was used by the Ayurvedic physicians for skin problems, intestinal worms and menstrual discomfort. 1400 years later the Aloe plant is still used for its medicinal wound healing properties

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For internal use make sure it contains 98 % of Aloe Vera and no aloin or aloe-emodin

In 1935, the first scientific evidence of the Aloe plant’s wound healing power was documented when a woman’s  X Ray burns where successfully  treated with the gel from the Aloe plant.
After that, several studies confirmed the healing power on first and second degree burns.

As an ingredient in creams, etc. you will often find it referred to as Aloe Vera (the true Aloe). If you break off a piece of Aloe leaf and squeeze the gel onto the injury, the gel will dry into a natural bandage.  Aloe Vera’s capillary-dilating properties increase the blood circulation, thereby reducing the healing time.
For a topical treatment on shingles combine Aloe vera gel with the vitamin E  for immediate relief..
Soothe your ulcers with the Aloe vera juice,. same for heartburn’s  irritated esophagus.

It is the Aloe enzymes ( brady-kininase) that reduces the swelling and relief pain.
It also contains Magnesium Lactate, which is an antihistamine, and helps relieving the itching associated with the swelling.

Today, you find  the Aloe gel in skin care and hair products.  If you look at the ingredient list, Aloe Vera should be at or near the top of the list. Creams should contain at least 20% of Aloe Vera.

If you want beautiful skin  it is best to use the fresh gel from the plant and not the preserved gel. Through processing a lot of the chemical compounds are lost.  Use the older or lower leaves of the Aloe plant first,  they contain more gel.

Once the Aloe plant is commercially harvested, it is very important that it is processed very soon.  It will lose its healing compound Polysaccharides very quickly.  Polysaccharides causes the immune cells to be more active against bacteria and germs.  The outer, waxy layer of the leaves is discarded while the inner rind is retained.  It contains a high level of nutrients.  After freeze drying and pulverization, the powder is ready for encapsulation.  Exposure to high temperatures destroys the important enzymes and breaks down the Polysaccharides.
What makes the Aloe Vera so special is that it has about 200 biologically active compounds like Vitamins, Enzymes, Minerals and Amino Acids. They all work together synergistically to help the digestion and bowel function.  For internal use make sure it contains at least 98 % of Aloe Vera and no Aloin or Aloe-emodin

In a study by Dr. Jeffrey Bland, he shows that taking the Aloe Vera internally improves the protein digestion and absorption, balances acid levels, improves colonic activity and lowers bowel putrefaction in just one week, thereby reducing chronic inflammation.

If you live in the Southern States, where the Aloe plant grows quite tall, you can cut off a larger piece of the leaf, slice it lengthwise and scrape out the gel.  If you add this to your morning smoothie, you benefit  from all the 200 phyto-nutrients which are the source of the healing power.

Overuse of the Aloe vera juice may lead to loss of Potassium which is necessary for proper heart function.

 


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