Breaking Down The Benefits Of Aloe Vera
Out of the 400 species of the Aloe family, Aloe Vera (meaning True Aloe) has been used for thousands of years and is still present in varieties of medicines today. It is used predominantly as a herbal remedy for the skin, digestion, the reproductive system and for detoxing. Both the gel or the pulp can be extracted from the plants for many benefits. Aloe gel can be consumed both externally and diluted for internal use.Aloe gel is most commonly used to treat skin conditions by soothing the skin and easing pain and inflammation. It can even speed up the healing process of burns, eczema and other conditions. The plant’s gel can be rubbed to reduce redness after a couple of days. Rubbing the leaf over cuts on the skin can prevent infection and speed up the healing process by acting like a bandage. Because of its healing and moisturizing benefits to the skin, it has been adopted by cosmetic companies and added in many products.
To make aloe juice, use 1 cup of liquid for every 2 tablespoons of aloe gel. Include any other ingredients, like fruit, and use a blender or food processor to mix up your drink.
The juice has many benefits when drunk. This is partially due to the fact that its packed with twelve vitamins (including A, B1, B6, B12, C and E), nineteen amino acids and over 20 minerals, which most of these are essential to the body. In Ayurveda, the Indian health practice, Aloe Vera is known as Kumari (‘the princess’) because of its positive effect on the menstrual cycle and female reproductive system. It is also known for its ability to clean the liver and protect the digestive system by reducing intestinal inflammation.
Overall, Aloe Vera can be used for cosmetics and healing the skin, or when consumed, as a potent cleansing and rejuvenating tonic that is very nutrient rich and beneficial to the body.