Many people know of aloe vera’s excellent power in soothing sunburns but that’s not even the tip of the iceberg. Aloe Vera actually has quite a wide variety of medicinal uses. This plant, to us and many other naturopaths, is the most important of all herbs. It’s medicinal uses are effective, non-invasive, safe and natural.
The many benefits of aloe vera are attributed to its anti-fungal, antivirus and antibacterial properties. Aloe vera is also an antioxidant, cell growth stimulator, astringent, coagulant, and can be used as a general antibiotic. It also has anti-inflammatory and pain inhibiting abilities.
This super-food stores over 75 nutrients including minerals, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins and more. The synergistic blend of ingredients in Aloe is what’s responsible for it’s many health benefits and effectiveness.
Aloe vera is a succulent- a water-retaining plant that thrives in arid climates. These types of plants possess self-repairing abilities. For example: the inner gel found in aloe vera will repair any cuts or tears by automatically shrinking the wound and creating a new water-tight seal. This is evident in the plant itself. If you cut off a part of an aloe leaf, the plant will create an air-tight seal at the site of the cut.
Use aloe to reduce arthritis and muscle pain by eliminating joint inflammation. When ingested, aloe can reduce inflammation throughout the body from the inside out. Aloe is gentle enough to be used topically while still being an amazingly strong detoxifier. Have you noticed how many skin care and beauty products list aloe vera as a ingredient? Aloe soothes, hydrates, regenerates and nourishes skin tissue. There’s no need to buy expensive lotions and creams. Simply place the raw aloe gel on your face to experience the many beauty benefits this extraordinary plant has to offer.
Aloe vera has demonstrated anti-diabetic properties. It can lower blood-sugar and cholesterol levels. Circulation is also improved by aloe, especially to circulation to the extremities. When blood can not reach smaller areas in veins and capillaries such as those in the hand and feet, it causes those extremities to go numb and or cold.
Its blood quality enhancing effect allows the blood to transport oxygen and nutrients in a more effective manner. This quality in aloe vera allows it to have an amplified effect in vitamins and antioxidants. It’s also a natural cholesterol and triglyceride lowering agent.
Use aloe vera as a natural remedy for ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and many other digestive disorders. Aloe helps ulcers by sort of cauterizing the ulcer, soothing tissue and eliminating inflammation. Of course, keeping a healthy diet is important when trying to cure diseases of the digestive system.
How to use Aloe Vera
Use aloe vera to help remedy ulcers and other diseases of the intestinal system by drinking the gel of the aloe vera leaf. You can buy Aloe Vera Juice ready to use. Take an ounce of ready to use aloe vera juice first thing in the morning when you wake up. Take another ounce before dinner. You can take the aloe juice as is or mixed with your favorite natural juice. Follow this recommendation for at least 2 weeks. During the second week you can increase the amount by taking an ounce of aloe juice three times a day before meals.
You can also use raw aloe vera leaves. It’s leaves are filled with a translucent flesh. The outer edge of each leaf is lined with spikes so use caution when handling them. When you cut into it, a trail of clear, runny gel will ooze out. Start by removing the outer spikes first by laying the leaf flat and slicing the edges off. Next slice off the top. Before slicing off the bottom, have a small dish ready to catch the aloe gel in the next step. Cut off the bottom and as you’re filleting the aloe, you see a lot of clear gel oozing out of it, make sure to save as much of that gel as possible.
Have some tupperware or ziplock bags ready to store the aloe pulp before you move onto the next step. Remove the aloe pulp by using a filleting motion to slice off the outer skin. After that, you’ll be left with a translucent pulp. Cut the aloe in smaller pieces, about 2.5 – 3 inch pieces. Store them as you think you’ll need them. Blend one piece of aloe with orange, pineapple, or apple juice and drink first thing in the morning before breakfast. Use the recipe twice a day for at least 2 weeks to help remedy your digestive or intestinal issues. You can also use this recipe as a preventative measure against illnesses of the digestive and intestinal systems. For best results use this recommendation for a minimum of 3 months.
Aloe vera can also be used as a natural cure for gum disease. Apply the gel to the gums after brushing your teeth and don’t rinse it out. Leave the aloe vera to be soaked up by the gums. Don’t worry about swallowing it, that will only help. You can also swish the gel around in your mouth after brushing your teeth. For more serious cases and too speed up the recovery process, mix equal part aloe vera and liquid chlorophyll and rinse with that twice a day. It’s perfectly fine to swallow the mixture after swishing.
The phytonutrient acemannan is a natural immune booster found in aloe vera. Acemannan is currently being researched for its anti-cancer effects. This amazing property in aloe accelerates the destruction of cancer tumors. This phytonutrient also increases nitric oxide production in cells. Nitric acid (NO) is an anti-cancer chemical associated with reducing tumorous cancer.
The list goes on and on. Did you know you can even use aloe vera to preserve food? Simply spread a thin layer of aloe gel on food to keep it from spoiling. Using this method fruits and vegetables will stay fresh five times longer! You’ll no longer need to buy foods with preservatives!
Aloe vera contains:
-20 different minerals
-18 amino acids
-triterpenes (blood sugar-lowering phytonutrient)
After taking aloe regularly for at least 2 weeks you can expect to experience improved digestion, better bowel movements, diminished or even healed ulcers. Keep in mind that aloe is not a magical cure. You can’t expect to eliminate disease by taking one glass of aloe juice. For best results use for at least two weeks. When first beginning an aloe regimen, only take a small amount to start and gradually increase the amount.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not mix Aloe vera with medication. Aloe’s blood enhancing qualities can significantly alter medication and lead to serious complications. Speak with your physician before starting an aloe regimen if you are on medication. Also, never mix aloe with over-the-counter drugs.
As with any product, quality should be top priority. Nature’s Sunshine offers aloe vera in juice and gel form for internal and external use. They also have a wide variety of combination products that include aloe in them for optimal health. Beware of companies that claim their aloe product is no unpleasant tasting. Most companies take away the unpleasant taste by over-processing aloe and turning out products that are essentially only 10-15% aloe. We actually find the taste to be quite neutral in flavor.
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