Aloe Vera is a common plant in numerous homes, as it requires no special care and it enriches the room with its modest look. However, despite being a decorative plant, it can actually enhance your wellbeing and health, something many people are not aware of.
Aloe Vera, or Aloe Barbadensis, has been a popular plant throughout the history, mostly due to its powerful medicinal properties.
It was a valued plant in Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. Moreover, it has been commonly used in Latin America, the Caribbean, and South Africa.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, it has also been a commonly prescribed medicine in the United States throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.
Benefits Of Aloe
Ingesting Aloe Vera remains a popular home remedy for mouth, osteoarthritis, ulcerative colitis, fever, asthma and simply to be used as a general tonic. It’s even considered a natural beauty product.
The gel is also often applied to the skin to treat sunburns, burns, cuts, infections and other wounds. It acts as an analgesic and fights inflammation and itching.
This is thanks to two powerful immune-boosting compounds: lycoproteins and polysaccharides. Glycoproteins work to block pain and reduce inflammation while polysaccharides promotes skin repair and keeps it moisturized.
In fact, some studies have found that aloe treats burns better than conventional medication in terms of shortening healing time and pain.
The plant is also known to treat constipation, genital herpes, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, cancer, canker sores, upper respiratory tract infection, dental conditions, high cholesterol, inflammatory bowel disease and lowers blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
How To Prepare And Use Aloe Gel
– A clean cutting board
– A sharp filleting knife
– An aloe plant
– A clean plate
– A clean cotton towel
– A sterile glass jar
– Fresh lemon juice
– A food processor (optional)
Wash your hands well in order to prevent contamination of the sterile gel. Choose a thick and juicy leaf of the plant, at least 4-6 inches long, preferably from its bottom. Make sure you cut it off properly in order not to harm the other leaves. Wipe the knife you will use.
- Afterwards, select a juicy, thick, mature and deep green leaves. Make sure you choose 4-6 inches long leaves from the bottom of the plant. It is good to know that the oldest and largest outermost Aloe Vera leaves around the bottom of the plant are the best because they possess a thick gel layer high in nutrients. But, you should not damage any other leaves.
Next, remove these leaves by using a sharp knife. It is recommended to cut close to the base of the Aloe leaf and then slice away from the center of the plant. Another option is to purchase cut Aloe leaves online or at select stores.
- Then, you should wash the outer skin of aloe leaves under running water. In addition, you should also place them on a plate at a 45° angle to drain out its yellow juice. Moreover, the bitter Aloe juice acts as a strong laxative that can lead to digestive distress in some people. Plus, the laxative effect may contribute to potassium deficiency.
Next, slowly remove the sharp edges and skin. Keep in mind that mature leaves are actually slightly curved. Place the leaves on the cutting board and fillet one leaf gently to remove its green outer shell. Do not let lose the gel in this process. Repeat the same procedure until you remove all the green from it.
You should also remove the gel from every leaf and then place it in a clean jar. Keep it in the jar until you process the batch in a food processor or blender.
In the end, you can pour the gel into a food processor and make a smoother gel.
Keep the aloe Vera gel in a sealed jar in the fridge, where it can stay up to a week.
For topical use, you should clean and cut the leaf lengthwise. Then, rub the gel on the wound few times a day, until it is completely healed.
For medicinal use, you should take 30 ml of the gel, 3 times during the day. However, you should consult your naturopath before using aloe Vera internally.