Known to the Egyptians as the plant of immortality and to Native Americans as the wand of heaven, aloe vera comes with a wide array of amazing healing properties — some of which you may already be aware. You might even have your own aloe vera plant in your home for those small emergencies like scrapes, cuts, and burns, but did you know that aloe vera is not only limited to topical use and is actually even more beneficial to your body when taken internally?
Aloe vera contains over 200 biologically active, naturally occurring constituents which include polysaccharides, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and minerals that promote nutrient absorption.
Nowadays, it is still one of the most used medicinal plants. This is due to the fact that it has a wide range of uses, such as in the treatment of fever, osteoarthritis, mouth issues, ulcerative colitis, and asthma.
It is also regarded as one of the best natural products for beauty care. The gel of this plant effectively relieves cuts, infections, sunburns, wounds, and burns, and it also fights inflammation and itching, due to its analgesic properties.
Several studies have shown that it is even better that conventional remedies in treating burns, as it soothes the pain and accelerates the healing process.
Aloe Vera has two beneficial immune-boosting compounds: glycoproteins and polysaccharides. Glycoproteins relieve pain and soothe inflammation while polysaccharides moisturize the skin and support the skin repair process.
Also, aloe Vera treats and helps in the case f numerous other health issues, like dental conditions, constipation, psoriasis, high cholesterol, inflammatory bowel disease, genital herpes, canker sores, upper respiratory tract infection, seborrheic dermatitis, and cancer. It also lowers the blood sugar levels in the case of type 2 diabetes.
In order to prepare the aloe Vera gel and use it to treat some of these issues, follow the instructions below:
You will need:
- An aloe plant
- Fresh lemon juice
- A clean cotton towel
- A sharp filleting knife
- A sterile glass jar
- A clean cutting board
- A clean plate
- A food processor (optional)
- Wash your hands well in order to prevent contamination of the sterile gel.
- Choose a thick and juicy leaf of the plant, at least 4-6 inches long, preferably from its bottom. Make sure you cut it off properly in order not to harm the other leaves.
- Wipe the knife you will use.
- Wash the leaf well, dry it, and leave it on a plate at a 45° angle for 15 minutes in order to allow it to drain the yellow juice. In some cases, this juice may lead to digestive distress as it acts as a laxative.
- Put the leaf on a cutting board and cut the edges from the sides.
- You should fillet it in order to eliminate the green outer shell. Try not to lose too much gel in this process.
- Then, cut the get in cubes and put it in a jar.
- In order to get all the gel you can, run the knife along the green scraps once more. Run your knife along the green scraps to harvest any remaining gel
- In order to make it last longer, squeeze some lemon juice over the gel, and shake it a bit to coat evenly.
- In the end, you can pour the gel into a food processor and make a smoother gel.
- Keep the aloe Vera gel in a sealed jar in the fridge, where it can stay up to a week.
For topical use, you should clean and cut the leaf lengthwise. Then, rub the gel on the wound few times a day, until it is completely healed.
For medicinal use, you should take 30 ml of the gel, 3 times during the day. However, you should consult your naturopath before using aloe Vera internally.