After a long day at the beach nothing feels better on your sunburned face or shoulders then some cool aloe vera gel. After a quick burn from that hot pan on the stove, reaching for a slice of aloe is the first thing you want to do. But there are numerous other uses for this miracle plant then just burns.
This succulent has been used throughout history as a medicinal ingredient in Egypt, China and India. Legend has it that it was Cleopatra's beauty secret, favored by Aristotle and Alexander The Great, it is mentioned in the Bible numerous times, and scientific research has supported its many benefits. Also known as the "Lily of The Desert" this succulent is known for soothing scrapes, burns, healing infections and even promoting weight loss, controlling type 2 diabetes, boosting the immune system and detoxing the body. I have said this before "It amazes me the healing power of plants and how we benefit from them".
Here are a few reasons to work Aloe into your wellness routine:
*Its great for the skin: Aloe purifies the blood, reverse collagen damage and wrinkles. Great for scrapes, cuts and burns. (Alexander the Great was said to have conquered the island of Soctra just to replenish his stock of Aloe for his army!
*It balances you: In Ayurvedic medicine it's said to be tridoshic which means it balances out the five elements of earth, water, air ,fire and ether within our systems.
*It boost immunity: Aloe's polysaccharides are anti bacterial, anti fungal and anti viral. It supports both the liver and spleen.
*Its a superfood: It is very nutrient dense with vitamins A,C,E, and minerals such as calcium, selenium, magnesium, chromium and zinc. Also high in fiber, amino acids and enzymes, which makes it great for:
*Digestion: It balances the entire digestive system from mouth to lower spout. It helps to heal IBS, colitis and ulcers. It dissolves intestinal plaque and helps replicate healthy epithelial cells that coat our digestive pipes.
*Fights Inflammation: Aloe contains many natural steroids which reduce the pain and swelling of arthritis. See here for a great article.
Aloe Vera can be easily grown anywhere, even indoors in colder climates. It should be a definite plant to add to your garden or indoor plant selection. If using for internal purposes such as smoothies, juices etc. you can only use the species aloe barbadensis. Just check the plant label when purchasing from your nursery. Or you can just buy aloe gel in bulk on Amazon, etc. As always organically grown is preferred.
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