Medicinal properties of Aloe vera and its gel are known for centuries, and it has made its place amongst the most researched and appreciated herbs of the modern era. Aloe possesses potent antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
A member of the Lily family this medicinal plant is a succulent plant that constitutes 96% of water and appears to be closely related to the cactus family and is known by many names such as Ghritkumari, Aloe Barbadensis, the natural healer and the miracle plant.
There are hundreds of Aloe species out of which Aloe vera Barbadensis is considered the most effective one.
This plant reaches maturity at about four years of age. The outer leaf is rubbery and smooth and within is the gel and sap which is the real nectar that possesses impressive health properties.
Aloe vera Nutritional Value
The gel of this plant is abundant in essential minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, enzymes and glyconutrients such as magnesium, zinc, copper, chromium, selenium, vitamins C, E, beta-carotene, etc. It constitutes of 20 of the 22 vital amino acids that play a critical role in crucial body functions.
The mix of these elements not only boosts our immunity and physical endurance but has immense curative and protective powers, and that’s what makes this plant Incredible!
Aloe vera is excellent for Skin, Face, Hair and numerous health disorders about which you will come to know shortly via this article.
Health Advantages of Aloe vera Gel and Juice
The gel works by stabilizing and boosting the body immune system and by protecting and healing the epithelial tissues (the skin, the lining of the gut, the bronchial tubes, etc.). Its antioxidants combat the free radicals produced by our metabolic process and pollutants in the environment, and hence it fights early signs of aging efficiently.
Aloe vera for Digestive Disorders
When taken internally, Aloe juice is calming to the digestion tract and fights internal inflammations, such as colitis and peptic ulcers. It alkalizes the digestive juices avoiding hyperacidity and acid reflux.
Among many other health conditions that are known to get benefitted from the use of this medicinal plant are diverticulitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, irregularity, hemorrhoids, arthritis, asthma, Fatigue, and Lupus.
Aloe vera gel/juice has a laxative effect. Regular use of this remedy to get rid of constipation can lead to overstimulation of the intestines, and hence moderation is the key to maintain the perfect balance.
Aloe vera for Skin and Hair Care
A broad range of skin inflammations such as eczema, psoriasis, ulcers, burns, stings, acne, bites, and abrasions can be treated with consumption and application of Aloe Juice and Gel. The sap of this plant is suitable for irritated or inflamed skin. It helps repair your skin and speeds up the process of healing of wounds due to its hydrating and rejuvenating properties.
It is considered an excellent conditioner for hair and as an effective remedy for dry scalp and dandruff. Aloe’s antibacterial and antifungal properties help with the removal of dead scalp cells and encourage the regeneration of new skin cells and tissue including the hair follicles.
When applied to the skin its gel not only moisturizes and softens your skin but also prevents early signs of aging like Fine-Lines and Wrinkles by hydrating your skin.
Apart from skin and hair care the medicinal properties of this plant make it a compelling health potion to treat disorders related to the muscular system, wound care, fever blisters, bruises, sprains, and is found even useful in Melanoma (skin cancer).
Moreover, its usage benefits an individual both internally and externally. The soothing property of Aloe improves digestive processes, normalizes the intestinal microflora and even fights Sleep disorders like insomnia by supporting the thyroid activity.
Aloe vera is also considered an excellent immunomodulator, which can significantly improve the tone of the body, contribute to the higher resistance of the body against harmful bacteria and viruses.
Aloe vera for Diabetes and High Cholesterol and Inflammation
This Miracle plant is popular in diabetic patients and people with allergies. It helps in lowering the levels of glucose and cholesterol in the blood.
It fights inflammation and relieves pain. Antiseptic properties of the extract of this plant combat and prevent the development of viruses, microbes, and fungi in humans. In the gastrointestinal tract, Aloe vigorously fights against harmful bacterial organisms like staphylococci and streptococci.
Aloe Vera Extract is considered the finest body cleansers as it flushes toxins out of your body, boosting the health of your Liver and Kidneys and is an active colon- cleanser. It also prevents kidney stones and protects the body from oxalates. It is also considered beneficial for oral hygiene.
Aloe vera for Cold Sores and Warts
Aloe Vera acts as a tonic where heart and kidney diseases are concerned. If applied to Cold Sores and Warts few times a day, it eases the discomfort and helps speed the healing process and getting rid of Human papillomavirus (HPV).
Aloe vera for Cancer
Studies have shown that Aloe can destroy cancerous tumors and inhibit their growth. It is also known as a supportive supplement for cancer patients who are undergoing chemo and radiation therapy and helps to minimize their side-effects.
But remember, when taking herbal remedies or specific herbs for cancer treatment, It is always advisable to consult your physician.
Due to its incredible anti-inflammatory properties, this magnificent herb is a potent tool for arthritis and Muscular pain and works instantly on pain, swelling, and body inflammation.
Applying its gel topically eases inflammation of the joints and significant improvement in inflamed areas can be observed.
Aloe Vera’s medicinal properties and health advantages are immense, and it is the most trusted and used herb that nature has gifted to humanity, and I don’t make that statement lightly.