Aloe Vera, also known as Aloe Barbadensis, has become all the rage over the past few years. But, did you know that keeping this decorative interior plant in your home is equally beneficial, too?
As a matter of fact, Aloe Vera has been long used for medicinal purposes and had a special place in Greek, Egyptian, and Roman culture. It was also widely used in Latin America, Caribbean, and South Africa.
According to University of Maryland Medical Center, Aloe was widely prescribed in the U.S during the 18th and the 19th century. Even today, Aloe is still one of the most popular and most commonly used plants in the country.
Benefits of Aloe
- Consuming Aloe Vera is a popular remedy for fever, asthma, ulcerative colitis, and osteoarthritis.
- Due to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, aloe treats cuts, burns, infections, wounds, and sunburns, when applied topically. As a matter of fact, it has been scientifically shown that it is far superior to medications in terms of healing burns and reducing pain.
- It contains two immunity-boosting compounds: glycoproteins and polysaccharides. The first reduces inflammation and inhibits pain while the latter moisturizes the skin and promotes repair of its tissues.
- It also treats IBS, lowers blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes, lowers high cholesterol, and treats canker sores, psoriasis, constipation, dental issues, upper respiratory tract infection, and even cancer.
- Promotes detoxification
- Creates alkaline environment in the body/ alkalizes the body
- Improves digestion
- Boosts immunity
- It possesses disinfectant, antibiotic, antimicrobial, germicidal, antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-fungal & anti-viral properties
- It acts as adaptogen
- Supports weight loss
- Lowers the risk of heart disease
- It has robust nutritional profile
Aloe Vera Gel (Preparation and Use)
You will need:
- An aloe plant
- Fresh lemon juice
- A clean cutting board
- A sharp filleting knife
- A clean plate
- A clean cotton towel
- A sterile glass jar
- A food processor (optional)
- Wash the hands thoroughly in order to avoid contaminating the gel
- Pick a juicy and mature leaf from the bottom of the plant and cut it off from the plant
- Clean the knife
- Wash and dry the leaf before letting in sit on the plate at a 45° angle for a while so that it releases its yellow juice
- Put the leaf on a cutting board and remove the edges from the sides
- Remove the outer shell with a filleting knife
- Cut the gel into cubes and place the gel in a jar
- Pour a bit of fresh lemon juice over the gel to extend its shelf life
- For smoother gel, put the gel into a food processor and pulse on high speed
- Refrigerate up to a week
- For topical use, clean the leaf and rub the gel directly onto the affected area.
- For oral use, take 30 ml three times a day.