Aloe Vera

aloe vera

Aloe Vera, a member of the Lily family, has become more popular as a household plant that is native to North Africa, Southern Europe, Canary Islands and in tropical climates worldwide as it is tropical in origin. It is one of the oldest known herbal medicines dating back to ancient Egypt where it was depicted on stone sculpture and in Eber’s papyrus in 16th Century BCE, found in burial grounds of deceased pharaohs. Aloe Vera is a plant species of the genus Aloe that contains more than 500 species of flowering succulent plants.

The plant takes four years to mature and to reach the height of their healing potential and shouldn’t be used until it reaches the proper age. Among the types of Aloe Vera’s are:

  • Aloe jucunda
  • Lace Aloe
  • Aloe saponaria
  • Aloe Chine sis
  • Aloe Polyphylla
  • Aloe arborescens variegated
  • Haworthia retusa

And many more types. Various species of Aloe Vera are popular houseplants because they are versatile and able to grow indoors without requiring much care.

Aloe Vera contains Vitamin A, B12, C, E, folic acid, choline, enzymes, minerals lignin, saponins, salicylic acids, and amino acids. Being known as succulent plant, Aloe Vera gel is widely known to have healing properties.

Aloe Vera Uses and Benefits

 

1. Aloe Vera for Boosting Immune System

Aloe Vera has proved to be an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antifungal plant and it’s very good in building up the immune system without causing allergic reactions or side effects. The active components in the plant fight harmful organisms and have antioxidant effects that protect cells from damage. It is known to contain more than 75 nutrients that help boost each of the 60 trillion cells in our body. Remember that an increased immune system means you’ll be less sickly and will have a strong healthy body and even if you become sick, a boosted immune system helps your natural healing power and make your body feeling well.

2. Aloe Vera for Digestion

Aloe Vera boosts digestion, nutrient absorption and cleanses the digestive tract of food residue that clogs the digestive system. People who suffer from digestive issues often experience inflammation in the digestive tract and drinking Aloe Vera juice has been shown to fight inflammation, soothe, relax the GI tract, heal stomach ulcers because it also has antibacterial agents and natural healing properties that can restore the stomach lining back to health. Aloe is a great source of prebiotics that feeds good gut bacteria that gives a healthy gut environment.

3. Aloe Vera for Constipation

Aloe Vera is a natural laxative and can be used to relieve constipation. There are three different forms: a juice, a gel, or a capsule. It is a very powerful laxative and should be taken sparingly or not at all. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, children and individuals with diabetes, hemorrhoids, kidney problems, and intestinal conditions like Crohn’s disease should avoid Aloe Vera as a laxative. Long-term usage of aloe as a laxative can have serious consequences on your health such as stomach cramping, diarrhea, kidney problems, blood in the urine, low potassium, muscle weakness, weight loss, and heart problems.

4. Aloe Vera for Weight-Loss

Aloe Vera helps the body eliminate toxins and other waste. It is natural, and when incorporated into some diets, it can promote weight loss, which is why dietary specialists promote its use. Here are some juices and smoothies recipes for weight loss:

  • Aloe Vera Juice with Lemon (consume before breakfast)
    • one lemon (squeezed)
    • glass of water
    • 1tbsp Alove Vera Gel from plant
  • Aloe Vera Smoothie with Orange & Strawberry (ideally for morning drink)
    • 3 Strawberries (sliced)
    • Fresh Orange Juice
    • 1tbsp Aloe Vea Gel from plant
    • 1/2 cup water
    • Blend all ingredients until smooth
  • Aloe Vera with Pineapple and Cucumber (ideally after lunch drink)
    • 1 slice Pineapple
    • 1/2 Cucumber
    • 1tbsp Aloe Vea Gel from plant
    • 1 cup water
    • Blend all ingredients until smooth
  • Aloe Vera and Ginger tea (ideally mid-afternoon tea)
    • 1tbsp Ginger Root (grated)
    • 1tsp Aloe Vea Gel from plant
    • 1 cup water
    • Boil all ingredients and let stand for 10mins

In addition to this, Aloe Vera is also known to treat skin conditions, hair loss remedy, cures gum diseases and other.

A nutrient-dense plant like Aloe Vera provides effective ways to consume important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that support your overall health and well-being. And now, it is one of the important nutritional ingredients of Rain Core which contains nutrients from all kinds of seeds and greens that are essential in having a good health and have a powerful effect on your body’s organs.

Studies are still continuing to uncover new methods on how to use this succulent plant, aside for health and house decoration. The use of Aloe Vera is likely to be safe but always remember to consult your doctor if you plan to use Aloe Vera in a medicinal manner, especially if you are on medications. Long-term use of this plant can cause loss of electrolytes, especially potassium.

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