The Health Benefits of Aloe Vera

By Jeanette Sousa on December 29, 2009

aloe vera gel health healing scrapes cuts benefits soothingAloe vera is a species of the succulent plant, originating in Northern Africa, and sits at the top of the world’s best superfoods list. It grows in arid conditions but you will see it grow in a wide range of climates today.

The aloe’s history is quite fascinating. Cleopatra was said to have bathed in it and the Greeks adopted it from the Egyptians. Alexander the Great was said to have used it on his army and fought for the Island of Socotra where it grew abundantly. Gandhi too was said to have used it in his fasts to maintain strength.

With all of its powerful properties, it is known as a medicinal plant that provides energy and strength, and helps support the immune system, digestion, and skin regeneration.

If you do not have any aloe plants in your home, you may want to consider acquiring some (give them some rain water when you can). When it comes to any cuts, scraps or burns, forget the chemical based lotions. The aloe plant is excellent; just fillet open a leaf and apply the gelatinous gel substance from the stalk. You will be amazed at how quickly the skin will heal.

The gel of the raw aloe vera contains vitamins A, C, and E; minerals sulfur, calcium, magnesium, and chromium; and antioxidants, fiber, amino acids, enzymes, sterols, lignin’s, and, most importantly, polysaccharides. It is revered for its cooling antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic properties and has a wonderful moisturizing and rejuvenating effect on the skin.

With this wide spectrum of properties, it has the ability to heal the body both internally and externally, and eliminates many issues. Internally, it can assist in all areas of digestion right down to absorption. Using aloe vera topically leads to clearer, fairer and healthier skin and sets the stage for an anti-aging protocol. This amazing plant is also said to aid in sculpting our bodies. It has been shown that when eaten, it can help in increasing lean muscle mass while losing weight.

The list of beneficial properties of aloe vera is endless. One way to start using it today is as a natural “facelift”. Fillet the leaves of the aloe plant and remove enough gelatinous substance to rub into the entire face and neck. Leave it on for 30 minutes while you feel your skin getting pulled tighter. Rinse off with warm water and presto, you just gave your face the best food ever!


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By Jeanette Sousa| December 29, 2009
Categories:  Eat

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