What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe is a genus of succulent that has over 500 species of flowering plants, many of which are naturally found in tropical climates. Aloe Vera, however, is only one of these species that we all know and love as a tasty drink, or what we use to treat and provide relief for our sunburns. This medicinal plant has gained some popularity for its wide range of uses that are utilized in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical as well as the food industries. The plant’s leaves are thick, green and fleshy that hold a gel-like substance which is used in most of the Aloe Vera products on the market, this gel-like substance is what contains most of the vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants. Aloe Vera has been used for many centuries for its medicinal properties, with one of the earliest recorded uses of Aloe Vera being from the 16th century B.C. in ancient Egypt. The Aloe Vera plant, known also as “The Wonder Plant”, or by the ancient Egyptians as the “Plant of Immortality” has been nicknamed as such for its numerous uses and for that has gained quite the reputation within the last several years.
What are the Benefits of Aloe Vera?
With dozens of uses that this “Wonder Plant” has to offer, we would like to highlight a few of our favorites for you, some of these you might or might not be aware of, but if you would like to share your favorite uses or recipes with us, please let us know what that is in the comment section.
- Aloe Vera contains antioxidant compounds that can help in the prevention of harmful bacteria growth. These antioxidants, partnered with the other 200+ components such as vitamins, minerals and enzymes work as a natural detox for your intestinal system.
- Most commonly used as a topical treatment to sooth and accelerate the healing process of skin burns.
- Pure Aloe Vera juice can be used as a mouth rinse and has been tested to be as effective as most regular mouth washes. (It doesn’t have to burn for you to know it works anymore!)
- Can also be used to aid in the recovery of Canker Sores, or mouth ulcers. (Not to be confused with Cold Sores)
- The previous benefits are brought on by the gel found in the leaves of the plant, however, the thin film found just below the skin of the leave and right before the gel has a strong laxative effect and can be used to treat constipation.
- Although more scientific research is being suggested, there are reports of aloe vera having health and beauty benefits and anti-aging effects by reducing or preventing wrinkles, moisturizing your skin, and even preventing acne.
How can I benefit from Aloe Vera?
Aloe Vera can be added to your diet in a juice or as a supplement. If you’re interested in planting or harvesting the plant, the Aloe Vera plant itself is a fairly easy one to grow and maintain, as it is a succulent and require less supervision compared to other leafy green plants. You only need to water it every 2 – 3 weeks, requires natural sunlight, but not in direct sunlight as the leaves can be burned, and it is recommended to rotate the pot every 4 – 6 months to ensure the sunlight being received is even on all sides. However, Aloe is a slow growing plant, so it might take a good while to reap the rewards of it. You can always purchase pure Aloe Vera juice and from there use it as a topical treatment, or add it to your drinks or smoothies. Raw honey can be a healthy sweetener option for these drinks if it is not sweet enough to your liking. Buildup of poor dieted foods in your intestinal system and digestive tract can lead to inflammation, illnesses and diseases. Aloe Vera assists in the neutralization of this unhealthy build up and promotes future passing of this waste rather than letting it build up again. That is why we’ve added it to our Detox... ahhh™ herbal supplement that promotes healthy digestion and a gentle cleansing.
*Source US National Library of Medicine, Medical News Today, Healthline.com, National Institute of Health