Aloe Vera is a succulent plant origination from central Africa. It is found native to arid areas of Africa, India and elsewhere. It can survive for long periods without water as it stores fluid in its fleshy leaves. It has a number of medicinal uses that have been known to different civilizations for thousands of years. It has been used in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. It has recently become much more popular and many products are now available for skin care containing this ingredient.
Sunburn and Insect Bites
Aloe Vera is an excellent remedy for sunburns. The best source is the fresh aloe plant. Cut of a stem and rub the open end onto the burn. The juice has quite a gel-like consistency. I have used this remedy a number of times on myself as well as my wife and it never fails. It is immediately cooling but more importantly it promotes the healing of the affected skin. If you don’t happen to have a plant handy then use Aloe Vera gel or even juice can be poured onto the affected area and rubbed in gently. It is also excellent for insect bites. It will relieve the itching sensation immediately.
It is also excellent for other types of burns. Ensure that if you have a burn that you run cold water over the area until the heat is taken out of the area. Only then apply Aloe Vera. The gel of the plant has a regenerative effect on the cells. It will also assist to minimise scarring.
Digestion and Colon Cleansing
Aloe Vera juice in a diluted form can be used for cleansing the colon. It helps clean out the undigested residues as well as improving the intestine’s ability to absorb nutrients through the intestinal villi. It has also been show to balance the stomach acid and aid digestion in this way. It is also known for helping the cells cleanse their waste products and so is an overall body cleaning substance.
Aloe Vera and Weight Loss
Aloe Vera can assist those seeking to lose weight by increasing the liver’s ability to burn stored fat in the body. This juice can taste quite bitter so you may want to ix it with some juice to make it palatable. Bitter substances such as lemon are usually good for the liver. The plant also has a very high fibre content which takes a lot of energy to break down. It therefore also assists the body to burn extra calories in this way.
The plant and its products have a variety of healing uses. I definitely recommend having a plant in your backyard or on your balcony. It is easy to grow and the fresh pulp or juice is the absolute best source.