Aloe vera- Nature’s healer

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by MichelleR on August 6, 2014

The aloe vera cactus has earned its name given by the Egyptians 6,000 years ago, “plant of immortality.”  The aloe plant has proved for centuries to have healing properties for many conditions and is still used all around the world for ailments and beauty regimens.    Aloe vera produces at least six natural antiseptics, which are able to kill mold, bacteria, funguses, and viruses.  Aloe can be used both internally and topically.  The best way to use aloe is in its pure form.

1.     Treat sunburns

One of the most common uses of aloe vera is to treat sunburns.  Applying aloe vera directly to your sunburned skin brings immediate relief. It contains anti-inflammatory compounds that reduce swelling. The gel is soothing and takes away the fiery sensation of your burn. This cooling effect calms the area and lessens the damage done to your sensitive skin

2.     Promotes digestive health

Drinking aloe vera juice can help with digestion and bowel regularity, and can be detoxifying. Aloe has cleansing properties for the digestive tract. *Be sure to read label directions, or consult your Doctor before ingesting aloe vera juice since it can have laxative effects.

3.     Boosts Immunity

Aloe contains many antioxidants and can boost the immune system. Raw, fresh aloe gel contains amino acids and essential vitamins and minerals that fight off illnesses.  Squeeze a bit of gel into your morning smoothie when you are feeling a little run down.

4.    Anti-inflammatory and Anti-Bacterial properties

Using aloe topically can be a great astringent. It fights inflammation, which makes it a great choice to battle acne. It reduces swelling and redness and also has bacteria-fighting properties to keep skin clear and healthy.

5.    Acts as an anti-fungal

Aloe can help treat infections such as athlete’s foot because of its anti-fungal properties.  Mix a few drops of tea tree oil into aloe vera gel and apply to the feet twice a day

6.    Promotes dental health

Not only can aloe vera gel help fight cavities, but since it’s a healing plant, it can help treat canker sores, gum disease and mouth wounds.  Try swishing aloe vera juice to help ease these dental ailments.

7.     Get rid of black and blue bruises.  Split a leaf down the middle to expose the jelly middle and rub it on bruises to help diminish the coloring of the bruise.

 

As with any medicinal product, there can be side effects.  Please make sure you do your research and consult your Doctor before use, especially if you decide to take it orally.  There are many other interesting uses for Aloe vera; if you have extra time, read up on them at

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/herbal-remedies/amazing-aloe-vera.htm

What have you used aloe vera for, and how has it helped you? Leave a comment and share your story.

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