The healing benefits of aloe were recognized in the ancient Indian, Chinese, Greek, and Roman civilizations and the Egyptians called it the “plant of immortaility”. It is known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and helps heal wounds, relieve itching and swelling. Aloe Vera is a member of the lily family and is very cactus-like in its characteristics. It is one to two feet tall; and its leaves are succulent, broad at the base and pointed at the tips, with spines The inside of the aloe vera leaf contains a clear, mucilaginous gel that has a cooling and soothing action on the body internally and externallyalong the edges.
The healing effect of aloe results from its ability to prevent injury to epithelial tissues, and promote healing of injured tissues. An epithelium is a layer of cells that covers the body and our largest epithelium is the skin and one of the main applications of aloe vera is to soothe a variety of skin ailments such as mild cuts, insect stings, bruises, poison ivy and eczema. Take 1-2 teaspoons fresh aloe gel daily.
Aloe vera is bitter, sweet, astringent and pungent. When used orally in supplements, aloe vera heals intestines, lubricates the digestive tract, prevents kidney stones and protects the body from oxalates found in tea and coffee. People who drink aloe vera for a couple of weeks typically experience a significant reduction of inflammatory symptoms. It is important to drink the gel, not the juice as the juice makes it heating.
Externally, the gel-like substance from aloe vera is known to ease inflammation of the joints while reducing arthritic pain. Aloe vera is used in lotions to rejuvenate the skin and reduce wrinkles, promoting hydrated and healthy, beautiful skin.
Aloe vera gel improves digestion and absorption of nutrients, helps control blood sugar, increases energy production, promotes cardiovascular health, improves liver function, and boosts the immune system. Take 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel in the morning on an empty stomach for improving digestion and elimination. Aloe helps clear the toxins out of the digestive system, facilitates digestion and improves the functioning of the kidneys, liver and gall bladder. The anti-inflammatory fatty acids in aloe alkalize the digestive juices and prevent acidity-a common cause of indigestion. These fatty acids benefit not only the stomach but the small intestine and the colon as well.