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aloe vera

by Jennifer Tipton jennifer tipton
Nutrition | Healthy Eating

benefits and uses of aloe vera
Aloe Vera is a powerful plant, one that produces natural antiseptics. There are many benefits of using Aloe Vera. In ancient Egypt, it was known as the “plant of immortality.” The pulp from the leaves of the Aloe Vera plant can be used topically to treat a wide range of skin conditions and has the ability to kill mold, bacteria, funguses, and viruses. The aloe (or pulp) is the clear and gel-like substance found inside the leaf of the plant. The natural and healing aspects of the pulp make Aloe Vera a valuable plant to have around the house.

What does the pulp contain? Aloe Vera consists of a mix of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and phytonutrients (active plant compounds). Some of the vitamins included in the plant are A, B, C, E, and folic acid. The plant also contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, sodium, iron, and potassium. There are 8 amino acids found in aloe. Aloe Vera is part of the Lily family and is a close cousin of garlic and onions. Some believe that the therapeutic use of Aloe Vera dates back to about 6000 years ago.

Since there are so many uses of Aloe Vera, it is worth having some around for easy access. You can even buy an Aloe Vera plant and keep it in your house. The pulp is simple to use and the plant is easy to grow. It can also be easily ingested as an extract or juice. The pulp helps with digestion and detoxification and can even help boost the immune system. Aloe Vera is a skin treatment favorite and there are many common uses for everyday skin disorders.

Some of the more popular uses of Aloe Vera are the following:

1. Apply the pulp to the skin in order to treat burns. Soothe sunburn or mix Aloe Vera with vitamin E for more serious burns. You can also use as a treatment for razor burn.

2. Ease the itching associated with insect bites.

3. Treat Athlete’s foot. Just apply a small amount of Aloe Vera between your toes.

4. Use on blisters to soothe discomfort.

5. Prevent scarring and stretch marks. Regular use is necessary for best results.

6. Shrink warts.

7. Remove eye make-up. One of the best natural way to gently remove your make-up.

8. Aloe Vera is a great moisturizer and can be used in place of your cream or lotion. It works great on dry skin and can also help to repair wrinkles. Aloe Vera is often listed as one of the main ingredients in many beauty products.

9. Aloe Vera can also be taking internally. Add it to your smoothie for a nutritional boost.

The Aloe Vera plant is easy to find in many garden shops. The plant lives well in most homes and takes minimum effort to maintain. They are also decorative and fun to use. Imagine that the next time you have sunburn you can just walk into your kitchen and break off a leaf of your Aloe Vera plant. There are so many benefits to using Aloe Vera as a safe and natural medicine.

Notes: Since this is such a powerful medicinal plant, it should be treated with respect. Please avoid the overuse of Aloe Vera. Also do not use when you are pregnant or if you have issues with the liver or gall bladder.

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