Aloe Vera: Useful Properties and Health Benefit
You have probably heard of Aloe Vera plant and its healing properties. However, not everyone realizes all its health benefits in their full range, yet it has been commonly used for medical purposes in Greece, India, Mexico and Asian countries. The plant attributes its healing power due to its high content of active constituents: antioxidants, enzymes, minerals essential for proper functioning of metabolic processes, sugars, fatty, salicylic and amino acids.
Aloe Vera can be helpful in many situations:
- it protects from UV radiation
- has anti-inflammatory effect
- boosts immune system
- provides laxative, moisturizing and anti-aging effects.
The list of indications includes also neuroses, migraines, asthenia. The plant is useful for people suffering from gastrointestinal diseases. Ulcers, colitis, gastritis, heartburn, stomach hyperacidity can be treated with aloe vera.
Aloe Vera gel and juice clean the intestines (usually in 8-10 hours), so they are often used as an additional means to lose weight. For those who are dieting, Aloe Vera will ensure a thorough cleansing of the body and the intake of necessary vitamins A, B, C and E, and will also positively affect women’s health. That’s why women in their menopause and those with amenorrhea and inflammation of the female reproductive system can benefit from drinking Aloe Vera.
Foods with Aloe Vera
For many of us, eating foods with Aloe Vera seems unnatural and even dangerous. But these jagged leaves helped the ancient Scythians in times of famine and terrible epidemics. In Europe, people now are seem to be happy eating not only sambur (shredded aloe leaves) and aloe gel, but also actively use aloe cream and even soft ice cream with aloe, for example. This chilled gentle-green treat can be found in Milan’s shops.
But please keep in mind that Aloe Vera has a few contraindications:
- internal bleeding
- acute inflammation with hemorrhoids
- diseases of the cardiovascular system, kidneys, gallbladder
Aloe Vera plant: Best Way to Use
To maximize its useful properties, wash the leaves, put on a plate, cover with a cloth and put into a fridge for 2-3 days. You’ll get a biostimulating product with the highest concentration of useful components. Squeeze aloe vera juice from its pulp; before doing that carefully separate the pulp from the skin using a spoon or a knife.
Aloe juice with lemon zest, cocoa and walnuts
To stimulate stamina in case of physical and mental exhaustion it is recommended to prepare and drink aloe vera juice mixed with lemon zest, finely chopped walnuts and cocoa (3 tablespoon daily 2-3 times a day).
Paste with hazelnuts, cocoa and honey
Mix 0.5 glass of Aloe Vera juice with 1 cup of honey, add crushed hazelnuts, 2 tablespoon of cocoa, and pour it with 1 glass of warm ghee (melted butter). Stir thoroughly, leave for a couple of days and mix again until smooth. Use it as butter for sandwiches, mix with cottage cheese or sour cream. The recipe is especially useful for patients with tuberculosis and adrenal insufficiency.
Smoothies with Aloe Vera
You can cook fruit and vegetable smoothies with Aloe Vera juice. Combinations of aloe with mango, avocado and citrus are especially yummy.
For example, orange smoothie with Aloe Vera juice. Put chopped ingredients in a blender, add some Aloe Vera juice, ice and liquid (water, or yoghurt, kefir, fermented milk, skimmed cream).
External Application of Aloe Vera
In cases of external use, Aloe Vera juice is very good to heal open wounds, insect bites and allergic rashes, sun and radiation burns. Active components of Aloe Vera prevent infection spread. It is also great to heal gums inflammation and eye diseases (conjunctivitis, blepharitis, iritis, keratitis, etc.)
Aloe Vera gel (produced from the pulp of leaves) is also in great demand and is used instead of the usual juice. The WHO reports that freshly squeezed juice is more effective than any cosmetic product. If you still buy cosmetics with Aloe vera, check the presence of BIO or IASC (International Aloe Science Council) marks. In case you’ve decided to buy a ready-made Aloe vera gel, remember: the real gel should be transparent, not bright green! Otherwise, the product is artificially dyed and can be harmful for health.
Keep in mind that Aloe Vera is mostly beneficial for health only if the plant is not younger than 3 years old.