Aloe Vera is a plant that looks a bit similar to a cactus, in reality it is related to the lily family. It is commonly grown in Asian and African countries as well as some of the warm places in Europe and America. The Aloe Vera plant has a gel like pulp in its leaves which has several medicinal uses.
Aloe Vera has been used because of its health benefits for more than six thousand years. In ancient Egypt it was used to cure infections as well as battle wounds. The ancient Greeks used it to cure burns, ulcers, and blisters and also for curing stomach and bowel related problems.
In today’s time one does not need to grow the plant as aloe vera is available in the form of juices, gels and creams. Some cosmetics also have aloe vera as an active ingredient.
Why is Aloe Vera so good for your health
Aloe Vera has about seventy five known components which includes:
1. Except Vitamin D it contains all the vitamins
2. Enzymes that help improve digestion as well as reduce inflammation.
3. The mineral that help with the function of the enzymes.
4. The sugars from the long chain that aid in restoring the balance of the digestion process.
5. From twenty two amino acids, aloe vera has about twenty amino acids. Aloe Vera has seven out of the eight amino acids that the human body is not capable of producing.
The benefits of Aloe Vera:
The benefits of aloe vera are plenty; here we list some of the benefits that have been proved with researches, studies as well as anecdotal evidence.
1. Aloe Vera is used in cream form to
a) Heal insignificant cuts, wounds, grazes and insect stings.
b) Heal as well as repair skin tissues that have suffered sunburn or actual burns.
c) Heal skin problems like eczema, acne, rashes, itching and psoriasis.
d) Moisturize the skin as well as improve the elasticity of the skin and ward of aging.
2. Aloe Vera is ingested as juice or gels to
a) Get relief from digestion related problems like Irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, candida infection, peptic ulceration and crohns ailment.
b) Cure problems related to the muscles or the skeleton like arthritis and rheumatism.
c) Problems related to the immunity system like hayfever, asthma and chronic fatigue syndrome.
d) Improve the overall health of a person as it is an antioxidant that works against free radicals.
How to use Aloe Vera for maximum health benefits
Many people in the Asian countries grow Aloe Vera in their own kitchen garden. If possible you must also do the same as Aloe Vera is a low maintenance plant. Just take a leaf and squeeze out the gel from it and apply it directly on minor burns or rashes.
While buying Aloe Vera gel or juice make sure you buy it from a reputed herbal store. You can even purchase it from an online provider. The Aloe Vera juice or gel means the same thing so do not get confused. If you are taking aloe vera internally then it is advisable to take about 60ml or 180ml everyday depending on the severity of the condition you are taking it for. To get the most benefits out of your aloe vera gel it is advised that you take it everyday for a period of three months and more.