Aloe Vera is not exactly a new kid on the block. It’s been around for thousands of years. In actual fact it dates back to the ancient Pharaohs of Egypt, with its first recorded use by us Homo sapiens being back in the 16th century BC.
Health restoring transparent green gunk
You might already have had reason to try it; especially if you’ve overexposed yourself to the sun and burnt your skin. You’ll find on sale in most supermarkets and high Street pharmacies. It looks rather reminiscent of transparent green gunk!
Aloe Vera is not just for topical use
Like most people, you will almost certainly have already heard about aloe Vera. You may be aware of its capabilities as a skin moisturizer, and as an ingredient in many quality shampoos. But did you know that it can also be taken internally? Yes, you can actually drink the stuff, and it can work just as well on your insides as on your external bits. In fact, going back to our friends the ancient Egyptians, they used to call it “the plant of immortality”.
The health benefits of aloe Vera gel
It can reduce the inflammation of intestinal tissue, soothe, calm, and heal stomach ulcers, and help to rectify any intestinal you digestive problems. It also comes highly recommended to counter Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and constipation. Here’s a fuller list of the conditions that Aloe Vera is able to combat:
- Type II diabetes
- Gingivitis (inflammation of gum tissue)
- Ulcers in the intestinal tract
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Kidney stones
- Stomach ulcers
- Ulcerated colitis
You can buy pre-prepared Aloe Vera juice from most good health stores, but if you are someone who follows a holistic health lifestyle, and who doesn’t like to use too many pre-prepared products and foods, you might like to grow and prepare your own. All you have to do is to take an Aloe Vera leaf, and cut off the outer layer of skin using a sharp knife, to expose the gel. You can then scraped this gel into a glass, and either mix it with freshly squeezed fruit juice, or drink it neat. It has no real taste of its own.
It’s best to drink it first thing in the morning before you eat your breakfast. Some people mix it with fruit juice, which makes it really pleasant and palatable, especially for children. Be careful though, as aloe Vera does contain certain laxative properties too, so don’t drink too much at a time or you could be visiting the bathroom more often than usual. You’ll note that it is listed above, as being an excellent remedy for constipation!
Refrigerating aloe Vera gel
Another useful thing to know about Aloe Vera gel is that it can be refrigerated to extend its life. If you intend to keep it for a few days, it’s best to ensure that you use hygienically clean utensils to cut the leaf open and scrape the gel off. This will help to prevent any contamination getting into the gel.
Aloe Vera gel is great for your skin
Aloe Vera gel is one of the best natural substances for your skin. By moisturizing your face with it every morning you can help to minimize any wrinkles. It can also be used to get rid of any nasty dark spots, and combat any little pimples or blemishes, by applying the gel to the affected areas three times per day.
Aloe Vera gel works great as a skin moisturizer, and is also able to sooth and remedy acne and insect bites, as it has the potential to remove toxins from your skin.
Whereas people with mild to medium cases of acne can experience relief by using the gel alone, anyone with a more severe case should use the inner flesh of the leaf itself. Just place the leaf, exposed, flesh side down, onto the affected area of skin, and keep it in place for a minimum of 60 minutes, or even better, overnight.
Mother Nature’s great skin remedy
Aloe Vera is one of Mother Nature’s greatest natural cures for a whole host of skin disorders, including:
- Cold sores (Herpes)
- Minor cuts
- Diaper rash
- Dry scalp and dandruff
- Dry, parched skin
- Insect bites
- Skin blemishes
- Various rashes, including eczema, psoriasis and poison ivy