Egyptians called it “the plant of immortality”, while the Native Americans gave it the name “wand of heaven”. Today we know it as Aloe Vera and it is a plant with many amazing healing properties.
Maybe you already have this plant in your home for small emergencies like scrapes, cuts, and burns, but this plant can be much more beneficial that only using it topically. Did you know it is even more beneficial to the body when taken internally?
Aloe vera is a powerful plant because it includes more than 200 biologically active, naturally occurring ingredients that contain polysaccharides, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and minerals that encourage nutrient absorption.
In the 18th and 19th century, Aloe Vera had been a commonly prescribed medicine in the United States, according to the Maryland Medical Center.
Today, this plant is still one of the most commonly used medicinal plants. The reason is that it has many uses, such as for treating fever, osteoarthritis, mouth problems, ulcerative colitis, and asthma.
The plant also has been considered as one of the best natural products for beauty care. The aloe vera gel effectively relieves cuts, infections, sunburns, wounds, burns, and it can fight inflammation and itching thanks to its analgesic properties.
There have been a few studies that show aloe vera is better than conventional remedies in treating burns because it soothes the pain and speeds the process of healing.
Glycoproteins and polysaccharides are the two beneficial compounds that can boost the immune system. Glycoproteins relieve pain and soothe inflammation, while polysaccharides moisturize the skin and support the skin repair process.
This plant can treat and help you with other health problems, such as dental conditions, constipation, psoriasis, high cholesterol, inflammatory bowel disease, genital herpes, canker sores, upper respiratory tract infection, seborrheic dermatitis, and cancer. Additionally, it lowers the blood sugar levels in the case of type 2 diabetes.
Follow these instructions to prepare the Aloe Vera gel and use it for treating some of these problems:
An aloe plant
Freshly squeezed lemon juice
A clean cotton towel
A sharp knife
A sterile glass jar
A clean cutting board
A clean plate
A food processor (this is optional)
This is the procedure:
First, to prevent contamination of the sterile gel, you need to wash your hands. Take a thick and juicy aloe leaf, at least 4-5 inches long, preferably from its bottom. Cut it off properly and make sure you don’t damage the other aloe leaves.
Wipe the knife you are going to use and wash the leaf well. Leave it on a plate at a 45 degrees angle for 15 minutes so it can drain the yellow juice. Sometimes, this juice can cause digestive distress because it acts as a laxative.
After you place the leaf on a cutting board, cut the edges from the sides. Fillet it in order to remove the green outer shell. Make sure you don’t lose too much gel in this process.
Next, cut the gel in cubes and place it in a jar. Run the knife along the green scraps again to get all the remaining gel.
To make your gel last longer, squeeze some lemon juice over it and shake the jar to coat equally.
Finally, you can pour the gel into a food processor and make a smoother gel. Keep the gel in a sealed jar in the fridge. It can stay up to a week.
If you want to use it topically, 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, take 30 ml of the gel, 3 times throughout the day. Anyway, consult your naturopath before using Aloe Vera internally.