Aloe Vera – The Queen
Aloe vera has been known as a miracle plant for centuries. In the time of ancient Egypt (Cleopatra used it as a beauty aid), people worshiped aloe as a plant of immortality. It was used for a number of purposes including beauty, health and the quest for immortality. Its use was also mentioned in the medical canons of the Greeks and the Romans. The modern use of aloe was first recognized in the 1930s when it was used to heal radiation burns.
The leaves of Aloe vera are succulent, erect, and form a dense rosette. Gelly that is in the leaves contains wide specter of healthy nutrition, like enzymes, microelements, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals.
Throughout the ages right up to these modern times, the plant has been used to treat a long list of ailments as well as a host of cosmetic purposes. The inner gel has soothed flesh wounds such as burns, cuts, scrapes, and stings; it has also been used for headaches, gum sores, hemorrhoids, skin disorders (dermatitis, psoriasis), acne, dandruff, and even baldness. Ingesting it was believed to cure indigestion, constipation, dysentery, and kidney disorders.
It makes you wonder how one “little” green plant is capable of doing such a great job.
The medical claims made about Aloe vera are endless. It is researched in many rigorous scientific studies.
Let’s us see what are the benefits and medical uses of the plant?
Aloe vera has many medicinal properties, and it is often an ingredient in creams, lotions, food supplements, herbal remedies. It is known as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antifungal plant.
1. Teeth and gums
Therefore the Aloe is effective as toothpaste in fighting cavities, to eliminate pathogenic oral microflora–disease-causing bacteria–in the mouth. Aloe vera also reduces the incidence of gingivitis. The scientists compared two favorite kinds of toothpaste with Aloe vera. They found out the gel was just as good (in some cases even better) than the commercial types of toothpaste.
Aloe tooth gel tends to be less harsh on teeth, as it does not contain the abrasive elements typically found in commercial toothpaste. That is why it is an excellent alternative for people with sensitive teeth or gums. But buyers must beware, that not all aloe tooth gel contains the proper form of aloe vera. Products must contain the stabilized gel to be effective.
Aloe vera has often be used to treat constipation. The cause of that is not the gel, but the latex, that provides the benefits. The latex is a sticky yellow residue found just under the skin of the leaf.
The key compound responsible for this effect is called aloin, or barbaloin. However, some concerns have been raised about safety issues with frequent use. For this reason, Aloe latex has not been available in the US because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled in 2002 that there is not enough data on the safety and efficacy of Aloe products; so, in the U.S., they cannot be sold to treat constipation.
On the other hand, Germany’s regulatory agency for herbs – Commission E – approved the use of Aloe vera for the treatment of constipation. Dosages of 50-200 milligrams of Aloe latex are commonly taken in liquid or capsule form once daily for up to 10 days.
3. Diabetes/Lowers blood sugar levels
Aloe vera has beneficial effects on reducing blood sugar levels.
Several animal and human studies in type 2 diabetics have found promising results from consuming Aloe vera extract. While the quality of these studies was relatively poor, it is premature to recommend Aloe vera for this purpose.
Aloe vera gel contains powerful antioxidants, known as polyphenols. Besides other compounds in it, these polyphenols can help inhibit the growth of certain harmful bacteria.
Therefore Aloe vera may be used on skin conditions or superficial cuts for its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.
The researchers at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, reported in their study, that both Aloe vera flower and leaf extracts had antioxidant properties, especially the leaf skin extract.
As we said, antioxidants are essential for health. They fight against inflammation which is the root of most diseases. A fantastic number of vitamins (A, B, C, E) and minerals in Aloe vera, help reduce inflammation. So far they fight free radical damage. Those components concern for healthy vision, neurological function, healthy skin. They protect the body from cardiovascular disease, eye disease, prenatal health problems, and even skin wrinkling. They reduce free radical damage, fights inflammation and helps naturally slow the aging of cells.
5. Boosts the Immune System
Aloe vera juice and gel contains natural detoxifying properties that effectively cleanse the digestive system and the circulatory system. So far the absorption level of nutrients accelerates. The result is better blood circulation. It improves health. Blood is oxygen-rich and, it provides nutrients within the cells more proficiently. This leads to a strong immune system, which has the capability to neutralize harmful bacteria.
6. Protection from skin damage after radiation therapy
Radiotherapy is inevitable during cancer treatment, in most cases. Patients often experience uncomfortable side effects due to radiotherapy. Application of aloe vera gel on the radiation area is significant. The patient will feel the soothing effect immediately. As long it also accelerates healing. In such conditions is recommended to drink aloe juice while it will help to heal the radiation burns.
7. Helps Treat Dehydration
Aloe vera can help to hydrate you better than water itself, while the plant is very densely water based. The gel helps retain water. Even though, be sure to get enough water each day.
8. Wounds from second-degree burns
Aloe vera accelerates the healing of burns. It has a long reputation as a treatment for sores, particularly burns, including sunburns. It is most commonly used as a topical medication, rubbed onto the skin rather than eaten. The cooling sensation of the gel makes it perfect to apply when barrier dressings are not indicated (such as ointments), as it still allows the skin to naturally cool and breathe.
9. Helps with Digestion and irritable bowel syndrome (IRB)
Aloe vera juice helps digestion; it normalizes acid/alkaline and pH balance. Aloe lessens yeast formation, encourages digestive bacteria and regularizes bowel processing. And ensures better nutrient absorption and also eliminates harmful elements through smooth excretion.
Polysaccharides in Aloe vera can cure a host of digestive disorders and ulcers. Ulcers are one of the most prominent consequences of digestive problems. This plant extract effectively heals them. It cures issues like Crohn’s disease, peptic ulcers, and other digestive tract disorders.
One study reported that 30 milliliters of aloe vera juice twice a day decreased the level of discomfort in 33 patients with irritable bowel syndrome.
10. May improve skin and prevent wrinkles
Aloe vera gel can slow aging of the skin. The pure inner gel is the best natural remedy for skin abrasions, and it also helps diminish the symptoms of aging skin conditions.
Drinking its juice, also enhances skin health, as the properties of the plant work internally. It also helps in curing stings, rashes, acne, and psoriasis.
Aloe vera gel is also found to be able to reduce the impact of UV damage on the skin, partially by reflecting the rays, and healing minor UV damaged skin. Numerous reports speak about the role of topical aloe vera administration in skin conditions and wound healing management. Including the treatment of psoriasis, dermatitis, oral mucositis, surgical wounds and as a home remedy for burn injuries.
11. Hair Care
Aloe is also an excellent natural treatment for dry hair and an itchy scalp. Its components are crucial to keep your hair strong and healthy. The aloe vera’s antibacterial and antifungal properties also help with dandruff. The gel’s enzymes can rid the scalp of dead cells and promote the regeneration of skin tissue.
Adding aloe vera is an effective way to keep your scalp free of bacteria and uncomfortable skin reactions.
12. Heals Cold Sores
As it is safe to consume aloe vera, you can apply its gel to a cold sore a few times a day. It eases the discomfort and helps speed the healing process. Aloe has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties that accelerate healing. It reduces pain associated with cold sores.
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