Aloe Vera is a very popular plant known for its wide range of healthy benefits. No wonder that the Egyptians called it the plant of immortality.
These are some of the Aloe Vera compounds:
Vitamins and minerals
Aloe Vera is loaded with the following vitamins A,C,E, B1, B2, B3, B6. It also contains folic acid and choline. As far as the minerals are consumed Aloe Vera is rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese, potassium, sodium, and copper.
This ancient plant has very important enzymes in its structure. One of them are amylase and lipase. They improve the function of the digestive tract and break down sugar molecules.
Aloe Vera contains salicylic acid which has the power to fight inflammation. Plus, Aloe Vera is abundant in over 20 essential amino acids that are necessary for proper body function.
What are the benefits of Aloe Vera?
- It helps with digestive issues like bloating, constipation, IBS and colitis, and eases the stomach ache.
- It promotes the production of white blood cells.
- It reduces the risk of arthritis inflammation.
- It represents top solution when it comes to treating skin issues like acne and eczema. It also helps with rashes, boils and other skin-related problems.
- It gives your skin its necessary hydration.
- It speeds up the process of skin healing.
- It reduces your wrinkles.
- It has a strong healing effect when it comes to treating wounds.
- It strengthens your immune system.
- It keeps your blood sugar under control.
- It improves the urinary tract performance.
- It is very useful with heartburn and indigestion.
- It protects the health of your heart and it improves the quality of your blood.
- It protects your oral health, especially your gums.
Aloe Vera can be used in two ways, topically or medicinally.
Preparation and consumption of Aloe Vera gel:
You will need:
- 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 thoroughly and make sure clean the work surface to prevent any unwanted bacteria.
- You should choose mature and thick leaves with deep green color. Their size should be at least 4-6 inches long.
- Next step is cutting the leaves. Make sure you use a sharp knife to make a clean cut. Be careful not to damage the plant too. So, cut close to the base of the leaf and slice away from the middle of the plant.
- Once you are done with cutting the leaves, put them in a bowl at 45 degree angle for around 15 minutes. In this way, the dark, yellow and very bitter Aloe juice or latex becomes drained out. It is found in the cells located just under the surface of the leaf. The latex is a very potent laxative, which can cause an irritation to the intestines. The laxative effect could lower down the potassium levels.
- Now, be careful with removing the serrated edges and skin. Put the concave side down on a cutting board. Then, slice around the perimeter. The Aloe gel is left between the top and bottom layer of skin. Hold the knife just under the top layer and peel it away. You can repeat the same procedure on the opposite side.
- And finally, remove the gel from each leaf and put it in a clean jar. You can also squeeze some lemon juice over. In the end, shake the jar to coat equally.
If you choose to use a food processor, then pour the gel into it and make a smooth gel. Put the gel in a jar, seal it, and store it in the fridge. Keep it no longer than a week.
If used topically, clean and cut the leaf lengthwise and rub the gel the affected area few times a day, until the wound is completely healed.
For medicinal use, consume 30 ml of the gel, 3 times a day.