aloe benefits

By. Gabrielle LaRochelle

Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis Miller), or also known as the “Plant of Immortality,” is an extremely versatile plant whose wondrous properties has been utilized for centuries. Many ancient texts (like the Bible) and important philosophers alluded to the use of Aloe. 6000 year old carvings of the Aloe Vera plant were discovered in Egypt, there were “Aloe Vera trade routes” dated as far back as 4th century BC, and ancient Greek scientists regarded Aloe Vera as the “Universal panacea.”

Over 500 different types of Aloe species exist, spread across different countries such as Africa, the Middle East, and various Indian Ocean islands. It belongs to the Asphodelaceae (Liliaceac) family, which means a family of flowering plants in the order Asparagales (modern plant classification system). 'Aloe' is derived from the Arabic word “alloeh” or Hebrew word “halal”, meaning bitter shiny substance; ‘vera’ in Latin means “real.” It is one of the oldest referenced plants in history due to its raved medicinal properties and health benefits. 

Benefits of Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is 95% water, known to be rich in antioxidants such as: vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B12, folic acid, choline, and vitamin E, and it contains seven of the eight essential amino acids. It also contains eight enzymes, a multitude of minerals, and is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. All of these amazing properties could possibly be one of the many reasons why modern beauty and health products such as Bath and Body works or Fruit of the Earth uses Pure Aloe Vera gel within their materials. However, beauty products aren’t the only ways that one can use this multifaceted plant. You can even drink 2 to 8 ounces of Aloe Vera each day to receive maximum benefits. It can also be used for:

  • Burn heals (Sunburns and regular burns)

  • Cuts

  • Heartburn relief

  • Moisturizers

  • Lowers blood sugar

  • Pain reliever

  • Oral health (Toothpaste and Mouthwash)

  • Skin issues (Acne and Psoriasis) 

  • Anal fissures

  • Antiseptic effect

  • Digestive health

  • Hair treatments 

  • Can keep produce fresh

  • Anti-aging potential 

  • Laxative effects

  • Anti-inflammatory action

  • Protective effect against radiation damage to the skin

These amazing advantages only scratch the surface of the potential of Aloe Vera. Since Aloe Vera is extremely useful in a large quantity of ways, it is great to know that one can actually grow and harvest their own Aloe Vera succulent. This definitely will become practical since in recent times, society has been using massive amounts of hand sanitizer and is in need of a great moisturizer on hand.

How to grow Aloe Vera

The Aloe Vera succulent is a perfect indoor companion to grow. You’ll need a place that has bright, indirect sunlight (or, artificial sunlight), but it will dry out and die if you give it direct sunlight. You will also need a well-draining potting mix, such as those made for cacti and succulents, but do not use soil. A good potting mix should include: perlite, lava rock, coarse sand, or all three. Once it’s in a new pot, don’t water it for at least a week, and then after you give it some water, continue to water it every three weeks. This will decrease the chance of inducing rot and give the plant time to put out new roots. Aloe Vera tends to thrive in temperatures between 55 and 80°F (13 and 27°C).

How to make Aloe Vera gel

Aloe Vera can expire after a week of refrigeration, unlike hand sanitizer which expires after three years. It is best to continuously grow, harvest, and make (or buy) raw Aloe Vera gel to eat and/or use it’s maximum benefits. It is really easy to make Aloe Vera gel, and here are some thorough, instructional guides on how to do so.

Aloe Vera is an amazing plant that gives us so many ways to benefit from itself, so try out a new way to add some Aloe Vera into your life!

 

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