No wonder that Egyptians used this powerful plant for curing many health conditions. The best thing is that you can cultivate one at your own home and you can use it as a unique home decoration. Aloe Vera is also known as Aloe Barbadensis, is an ancient plant, having been used thousands of years. It also has a long history of medical use in South Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
The University of Maryland Medical Center also informed that Aloe was a very popular medicine in the United States throughout the 18th and 19th century. Today, it is one of the most useful medicinal herbs on the planet.
Benefits of Aloe
Aloe Vera is highly recommended for keeping the health of your mouth and also for treating osteoarthritis, ulcerative colitis, fever, asthma. You can also use it as a general topic. If you start using it as a natural beauty product you will no longer need chemical beauty products.
The Aloe Vera is also often applied to the skin to heal sunburns, burns, cuts, infections and other wounds. It prevents inflammation, it soothes itching and it protects your body from diseases.
Actually, numerous studies have shown that Aloe Vera acts better than any other conventional medications when it comes to speeding up the process of healing and reducing pain.
It also helps with constipation, genital herpes, psoriasis, upper respiratory tract infection, dental problems, high cholesterol levels, inflammatory bowel disease. Moreover, it lowers down blood sugar levels to people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
How to prepare and use 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)
1. Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly to avoid contaminating the sterile gel.
2. You should pick a thick and juicy mature leaf from the bottom of your plant. Its size should be at least 4-6 inches long. Cut it cleanly off to the plant as to nut harm other leaves.
3. Wipe your knife clean.
4. Wash and dry the leaf and leave it sit on your plate at a 45 angle so that it drains out its yellow juice. This juice is a potent laxative that may cause digestive distress to some people.
5. After a period of 15 minutes, transfer the leaf to your cutting board and remove the sharp edges from the sides.
6. Now, gently fillet the leaf so as to remove the green outer shell and lose as little gel in the process as possible. You should be doing this until all the green is removed.
7. Next, cut the gel into cubes and place the gel in your jar.
8. Run your knife along the green scraps to harvest any remaining gel.
9. In order to last longer, squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice over the gel. You’ll need roughly a quarter lemon for each cup of gel. Shake to coat evenly.
10. If you like, you can transfer the gel to your food processor and pulse on high to get a smoother gel.
11. Store it in a seal jar in your refrigerator and keep it no more than a week.
If you want to use it for medical purposes take 30 ml three times a day internally, having previously made a consultation with your naturopath.
For topical use, clean and cut the leaf lengthwise and rub the gel directly to your wound several times a day. Repeat the procedure until your skin is fully recovered.