Aloe vera plants, chiefly aloe barbadensis miller plants, have been used for centuries to relieve cuts, burns, and other skin issues. Possibly your grandparents constantly had one of these only one of its kind, cactus-like plants close by, just in case of emergency. If someone got a cut, sore or burn, they would break an aloe leaf apart to extort gel from in the interior of the plant. The aloe gel inside is used as a natural healing ointment.
With the arrival of commercialism in addition to the latest boom in all-natural products, aloe has become the ingredient of pick in countless skin care and health products. Commercial aloe products include everything from creams to lotions to dietary supplements clothed in pills or drinks. The products repeatedly blend aloe gel together with further ingredients in the direction of enhancing the gel’s natural remedial workings. For instance, an aloe-based Hawaiian product, called AhVahleen, combines aloe with a number of natural extracts taken from organic honey and a Hawaiian Kalo herbal plant.
Natural Aloe-Based Solutions for Skin Care and Health
Aloe gel, especially when combined with other natural ingredients, can greatly enhance the skin and its ability to replenish skin cells. As skin cells die, new skin cells must replace the old to promote healthy skin. This also slows the aging process and helps keep the skin moist and beautiful. Aloe creams and gels can help enhance this process. There are also creams and gels to help with itching, burns, cuts, psoriasis, shingles, and other skin conditions.
Aloe vera gel is also known to have antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, which allow skin ailments to heal while reducing risk of infection. Some aloe-based products are said to help soothe and dry up chicken pox as well. Aloe gel can work as a natural anesthesia to reduce or alleviate pain caused by burns, cuts, and skin rashes. For severe sunburn and/or sun poison, aloe vera gel can cool the burning skin and speed up the healing process.
Aloe is grown mainly in the dry regions of Africa, Asia, Europe and America. Because of its many therapeutic uses, it is now commercially cultivated in the United States, Japan, and countries in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. However, in many places you can grown your own Aloe Vera plant quite happy in a pot as a household plant.
Despite its very cactus-like characteristics, Aloe belongs to the lily family, which also includes asparagus, onions, leeks and garlic. The Aloe plant contains over thirty enzymes, including lipase and oxidase. It could be argued that enzymes are the missing element in the modern diet since 40% of the adult population suffer digestive problems and digestion is enzyme-based. Cooking food at 120 farhenheith is known to destroy all living enzymes in the food. Dramatic healing has been known to take place in those who practice a raw vegan diet which we highly endorse.
Aloe Vera also contains significant levels of salicylic acid (the active ingredient in aspirin) which accounts for some of the herb’s pain-killing prospective. Some people swear by a burst of aloe spray on sunburn when a gel or cream is too painful to apply.
Salicylic acid furthermore plays a responsibility in Aloe’s detoxifying and cell-cleansing ability. The well-researched ability of Aloe to stimulate the immune system is arguably its most significant attribute. Others have testified that a daily drink with high quality Aloe juice helps clear sensitive skin. Aloe is well known as a soothing ingredient in skincare lotions and body products.
There are a multitude of studies from every continent documenting the healthy benefits of Aloe Vera, taken both internally and used externally. Aloe has truly earned it reputation as a natural, healthy ‘wonder’ herb.