You’re better off with friends like Aloe

Have you two already met?

Aloe Barbadensis Miller is a green succulent shrub belonging to the Liliaceae family. Its leaves are triangular and fleshy with serrated edges. In this post I will talk about the inner layer of the plant, which is a clear gel-like substance composed of 99% water and distinctively nourishing.

I call her Nature’s jelly. Aloe Vera is so versatile that it will aid in healing an abundance of conditions, inside and out of the body. Because Aloe is such a rich source of nutrients, it has a long history in medicinal and cosmetic use, dating back to over 5000 years.

Topically, Aloe is hydrating, protective of the skin, accelerates healing, soothes pain and prevents scarring of pretty much any acute skin condition. Wounds, burns, sunburns, itching, cold sores, herpes, rashes, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, acne, enlarged pores… you name it. Aloe’s got you covered.

These same healing effects work on the internal body’s tissue when ingested. Any internal wound of the digestive tract (from the mouth and throat until the rectum, on the oesophagus, intestines, colon and anything in between) like sores, ulcers, colics, IBS, gastritis, fissures or basically any form of irritation with be soothed and on a faster path to healing.

When consumed internally, aside from regenerating tissue, the plant will generously continue to work her magic at a cellular level as the body absorbs her.

Studies show that Aloe Vera boosts the immune system, reduces bad (LDL) cholesterol, regulates digestion, cleanses the digestive tract, flushes out toxins, supports metabolism and the cardiovascular system, hydrates and alkalises the entire organism, reduces allergies, soothes radiation therapy side effects and is also used in asthma and diabetes treatments.

This plant is an adaptogen, meaning it aids the body in finding balance by stimulating its defensive and adaptive mechanisms, augmenting the ability to cope with emotional, physical and environmental stressors.

At this point it’s important to take a look at the nutritional profile of Aloe Vera. Since biology is an infinite scope of practice with minutely discoveries, I will share what we know thus far. Studies have identified at least 75 active components in the Aloe Vera plant: Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, folate, and choline. Minerals like calcium, copper, selenium, chromium, manganese, magnesium, potassium, copper, sodium and zinc. The enzymes aliiase, alkaline phosphatase, amylase, bradykinase, carboxypeptidase, catalase, cellulose lipase and peroxidase. Also several Essential Fatty Acids and definitely all eight of the essential Amino Acids, saccharides and anthraquinones, among other beneficial components.

If you are interested in using this plant, I suggest you get a hold of the whole plant, grab a leaf and peel it to scoop out the jelly. Fresh is always best. If the plant is not grown or imported where you live, look for products that don’t contain any chemicals or harmful additives. The purer the better, always. 

Although Aloe Vera is a fantastic remedy, when it comes to the herbal kingdom I always suggest you do further research or consult with your professional of choice, especially if you are under any type of medical treatment. Do not consume anything in excess, be gentle with your body and remember that balance is key.

To your health,

Bianca

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