Aloe Vera is a beautiful plant that adds much character to any household, but it also applauded for its healing properties and health benefits too.
Known as the “plant of immortality”, the aloe vera plant, which is native to North Africa, Southern Europe, and the Canary Islands, is grown in tropical climates worldwide.
The leaves are juicy stems, with an inner jelly-like substance that is a healer’s dream. The translucent gel is made up of around 96% water, some organic and inorganic compounds, a type of protein which contains 18 of the 20 amino acids found in the body.
Aloe vera also contains protein, calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamins A and E and is naturally rich in Vitamin C which helps maintain tone of blood vessels and promotes good circulation and is essential to the health of the adrenal gland which supports the body in times of stress.
The aloe vera gel produced from the plant can be used for sunburn, to help heal wounds and to treat dry skin. It can also be ingested to aid digestion and support intestinal health.
Aloe vera also helps to support the immune system and to bring it in to balance. It can both stimulate the immune response for those with weakened immune systems, either from exisiting conditions or post-illness fatigue, and it can also calm the immune response, such as for hayfever and sinus conditions.
Aloe vera juice is also commonly used as a digestive aid. The juice is said to soothe digestive tract irritations such as colitis, ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome, owing to it’s ability to encourage the release of pepsin, a gastric juice enzyme necessary for digestion.
There are now a number of aloe vera drinks readily available in supermarkets, however be aware that some of these drinks contain a high amount of sugar, so may not be advisable when consuming for overall health. Check heath food stores for aloe vera drinks with a natural sweetener like agave or stevia that is more suitable.
Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral, use of aloe vera in dental hygiene is beneficial too. Aloe vera can heal teeth and gums when used as a toothpaste, and can support strengthening of the gums. It can also be used as a mouthwash.
Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable lifestyle and living, wellbeing, and entertainments. Rosalind also works as a psychic, counsellor, intuitive reader and spiritual life coach helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com