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Aloe Vera

 

The incredible Aloe Vera needs no introduction. Its benefits are well-known, which is why it has earned a permanent place in many a household. The Aloe Vera plant has been known and used for centuries for its health, beauty, medicinal and skin care properties.

Today, the Aloe Vera plant has been used for various purposes in dermatology. Be it sunburn or a bad case of acne, Aloe Vera is a treatment you can always rely on. But, did you know that the humble Aloe Vera has so much more to offer?

Aloe Vera is a succulent plant and stores water in its leaves, which are thick and fleshy. The leaves produce two substances – the gel, which is more or less water with several other nutrients mixed in, and the sap, which is also known as aloe latex.

Aloe Vera is rich in Vitamin C, E and beta carotene which gives its nourishing and anti-ageing qualities. It can moisturize the skin without making it greasy, which makes it a great buy for those with oily skin.

It is also suggested that drinking Aloe Vera juice early in the morning on an empty stomach because it improves digestion and cures any kind of stomach trouble.

 

History

  • The name Aloe Vera derives from the Arabic word “Alloeh” meaning “shining bitter substance,” while “Vera” in Latin means “true.”
  • 2000 years ago, the Greek scientists regarded Aloe Vera as the universal panacea. The Egyptians called Aloe “the plant of immortality.”
  • Aloe Vera has been used for medicinal purposes in several cultures for millennia: Greece, Egypt, India, Mexico, Japan and China.
  • Egyptian queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra used it as part of their regular beauty regimes.
  • Alexander the Great, and Christopher Columbus used it to treat soldiers’ wounds.
  • By the early 1800s, Aloe Vera was in use as a laxative in the United States, but in the mid-1930s, a turning point occurred when it was successfully used to treat chronic and severe radiation dermatitis.

Benefits

  • Aloe Vera is very useful for curing bowel problems due to its high anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Having Aloe juice for two weeks can help reduce inflammation in the body like rheumatism, inflammation of ears and eyes and arthritis.
  • Having severe digestive problems? Drink Aloe Vera juice as it reduces symptoms of heart reflux and stabilizes the alkaline levels of the body. Due to its laxative properties, it is also good for constipation.
  • Aloe is great for maintaining the cholesterol level by reducing triglycerides. Include fresh Aloe juice in your daily diet to maintain your cholesterol level and increase the level of good cholesterol.
  • Want to lose weight naturally? By aiding the stabilization of metabolic rate, reducing lipid levels and helping burn fat, Aloe Vera juice is useful for weight loss.
  • Studies have shown that regular consumption of Aloe juice improves oral health and hygiene. It reduces gingivitis and plaque formation. It provides a laxative relief for cold sores and mouth ulcers.
  • Aloe Vera is good for diabetes patients because it helps to regulate the blood sugar levels when consumed regularly. However consult your doctor before you start consuming the aloe juice.
  • Mix two teaspoons of fresh Aloe Vera juice with one glass of water and drink it every day early in the morning. This will help detoxify and cleanse your system. This also helps in treating ulcers and detoxifying the digestive system./li>
  • Suffering from constant sinus problems? Now ditch your medicines and try the natural option. Aloe Vera is rich in magnesium lactate that works as an antihistamine which helps in reducing the problem of sinus and chest inflammation due to various allergies.
  • Fight away cancer with the regular intake of the aloe juice. It contains high level of anti-carcinogenic properties that hinder the growth of tumors.