Aloe Vera is a plant that everybody loves. We all want to have it in our homes because it is commonly thought of as a cute and easy to care. It brightens our rooms. But, did you know that Egyptians used to call it “The plant of immortality?”
Its succulent has become more popular in American homes, but still, many people don’t realize that their decorative plant actually contains amazing healing properties.
Aloe Barbadensis is the plant of immortality’s generic name and it has been used for thousands of years throughout the world.
The ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman society even had a sacred place for it. It also has a long history of medical use in South Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that Aloe was a popularly prescribed medicine in the United States throughout the XVIII and XIX centuries. Nowadays, the plant of immortality is also one of the most used plants everywhere.
Benefits Of Aloe
Aloe Vera is commonly used as a home remedy for mouth, osteoarthritis, ulcerative colitis, fever, asthma and simply as a general tonic. It’s even considered to be a natural beauty product.
People often apply the gel on their skin to treat sunburns, burns, cuts, infections and other wounds. It acts as an analgesic and fights inflammation and itching.
The magical plant of immortality is composed of two powerful immune-boosting compounds: glycoproteins and polysaccharides. The glycoproteins work to block pain and reduce inflammation, while polysaccharides promotes skin repair and keeps it moisturized.
Several studies claim that aloe treats burns better than any conventional medication in terms of shortening healing time and pain.
The plant can also treat constipation, genital herpes, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, cancer, canker sores, upper respiratory tract infection, dental conditions, high cholesterol, inflammatory bowel disease and lowers blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes!
How to prepare and use Aloe gel?
-A clean cutting board
-A sharp filleting knife
-An aloe plant
-A clean plate
-A clean cotton towel
-A sterile glass jar
-Fresh lemon juice
-A food processor (optional)
First, wash your hands to avoid contaminating the sterile gel.
Pick a thick & juicy mature leaf from the bottom of your plant which should be at least 4-6 inches long. Cut it cleanly off to the plant as to nut harm other leaves.
Wipe your knife clean.
Wash and dry the leaf and let it sit on your plate at a 45° angle so that it may drain out its yellow juice. This juice is a potent laxative that may cause digestive distress in some people.
After 15 minutes, transfer the leaf to your cutting board and remove the sharp edges from the sides.
Then, gently fillet the leaf as to remove the green outer shell and lose as little gel in the process as possible. Repeat this until all the green is removed.
Cut the gel into cubes and place the gel in your jar.
Run your knife along the green scraps to harvest any remaining gel.
Squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice over the gel to help it last longer. You’ll need a quarter of a lemon for each cup of gel. Shake to coat evenly.
If you want, transfer the gel to your food processor and pulse on high to turn it into a smoother gel.
Store it in a sealed jar in your refrigerator for up to a week.
For medicinal use, take 30 ml three times a day internally, but first consult a naturopath!
For topical use, first clean and cut the leaf lengthwise and rub the gel directly onto your wound several times a day until the wound has fully healed! Use this magical plant of immortality as more as possible and soon, you’ll see and ripe all of its wonderful benefits!