Aloe Vera is one of the preferred plant people usually have in their home. Perhaps because it’s easy to take care and looks good as part of home decoration. Many people in America choose this plant to be inside their home. But very few of them actually know that the plant has an awesome healing ability behind its pretty appearance.
Aloe Vera which also known as Aloe Barbadensis is actually has been used for centuries all over the world. In ancient Egyptian, Greek and roman society, the plant even hold a sacred position. People in Latin America, South Africa and Caribbean has also used it as a part of medical treatment for a very long time.
It is also reported by the University Of Maryland Medical Center that throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, Aloe was often prescribed as a medicine in the United States. Even today, it still remain as one of the most common used medicinal herbs in the country.
Aloe Vera for Health
Consuming Aloe Vera has many benefit for health. It is a great remedy for fever, asthma, ulcerative colitis, and osteoarthritis. It can also be used as a general tonic. Aloe Vera also a known natural beauty product. The gel can help to treat burns, sunburn, infections, cuts, and other wounds. It works as analgesic and fight itching and inflammation.
The two substance that play a big role to its powerful benefits are polysaccharides and glycoproteins. Polysaccharides boost skin reparation process and keep it moisturized while glycoproteins reduce inflammation and block pain.
There are also some studies that found how Aloe are a better treatment for burn compare to conventional medication since it works better in reducing pain and heal it faster.
Some other health issues that can be treated with Aloe Vera are inflammatory bowel disease, high, cholesterol, lower blood sugar level in people with type 2 diabetes, constipation, canker sores , upper respiratory tract infection, psoriasis, dental condition, genital herpes, and cancer.
Preparing and Using Aloe Gel
Here are what you need:
– An aloe plant
– Fresh lemon juice
– A clean cutting board
– A clean plate
– A sterile glass jar
– A sharp filleting knife
– A clean cotton towel
– A food processor (optional)
1. First, wash your hand to avoid contaminating the sterile gel.
2. Take a thick and juicy mature leaf from the bottom of your plant that has a length of 4 – 6 inches. Cut it cleanly to the plant without harming other leaves.
3. Clean your knife.
4. Rinse and dry the leaf and put it on your plate at 45° angle to let it drain out its yellow juice. The juice may cause digestive problem in some people because it is a potent laxative.
5. After 15 minutes, take the leaf and put it on your cutting board. Remove the sharp edges from the sides.
6. After that, fillet the leaf gently to remove the green outer shell and retain the little gel inside. Do it until all the green is removed.
7. Cut the gel into cubes and place it all in your jar.
8. Get any remaining gel by running your knife along the green scraps.
9. Drips a bit of fresh lemon juice over the gel to make it last longer. You will need about a quarter lemon for each cup of gel. Shake the jar so it will coat evenly.
10. You can also smash the gel into a smoother form by proceed it in your food processor.
11. Keep it in a sealed jar and put it in your refrigerator. Keep it for a week.
For medicinal use: consume about 30 ml three times a day. You should consult to your naturopath before.
For topical use: Clean and cut the leaf lengthwise and smear the gel to your wound. Do it a few times every day until the injury fully healed.
Source: Your Healthy Page