Aloe Vera or also known as the plant of immortality to the Egyptians and as the wand of heaven to Native Americans, it comes with a wide array of incredible healing benefits. We all have our own aloe vera plant in our house for those small emergencies like scrapes, cuts, and burns, but did you know that aloe vera is not only limited to topical use and is actually even more beneficial to your body if you take it internally.
It is very interesting that, aloe vera contains more than 200 biologically active, naturally occurring constituents that include polysaccharides, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and minerals that promote nutrient absorption.
Aloe Vera is a commonly prescribed medicine in the United States throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Nowadays, we are all aware of its beneficial properties. It has great influence in the treatment of fever, osteoarthritis, mouth issues, ulcerative colitis, and asthma.
The gel of this amazing plant is one of the best products for beauty care. It’s great for infections, cuts, sunburns, wounds, and burns, and it’s amazing fighter against inflammation and itching, due to its analgesic properties.
According to some studies, this plant is even better than conventional remedies in treating burns.
Aloe Vera has two beneficial immune-boosting compounds: glycoproteins and polysaccharides. Glycoproteins relieve pain and soothe inflammation while polysaccharides moisturize the skin and support the skin repair process.
Also, aloe vera has various healing properties in other health issues, like dental conditions, constipation, psoriasis, high cholesterol, inflammatory bowel disease, genital herpes, canker sores, upper respiratory tract infection, and cancer.
Here is all you need in order to prepare the aloe vera’s gel:
- An aloe plant
- Fresh lemon juice
- A clean cotton towel
- A sharp filleting knife
- A sterile glass jar
- A clean cutting board
- A clean plate
- 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`re using.
Wash the leaf well, dry it, and leave it on a plate at a 45° angle for 15 minutes in order to allow the yellow juice drain. In some cases, this juice may lead to digestive distress as it acts as a laxative.
Put the leaf on a cutting board and cut the edges from the sides.
You should fillet it in order to eliminate the green outer shell. Try not to lose too much gel in this process.
Then, cut the get in cubes and put it in a jar.
In order to get all the gel you can, run the knife along the green scraps one more time. Run your knife along the green scraps to harvest any remaining gel.
In order to make it last longer, squeeze some lemon juice over the gel, and shake it a bit to coat evenly.
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.
Source: Healthy Living Style