There is a special plant I want to talk about today, that is astounding in medicinal benefits. I’m talking about aloe vera. The restorative properties that aloe has is incomparable to any other plant so far. Basically, aloe is magnificent for both external and internal use. It heals, nourishes, disinfects, detoxifies and helps deter many digestive diseases and problems.
Using aloe vera to help heal wounds or burns is ideal, as it’s known to immediately soothe the area and helps heal. It’s just great for your skin in many ways. It’s an amazing natural hydrator (aloe is over 99% water), it moisturizes, nourishes and rejuvenates your skin. Most of you know aloe vera is of great use for sunburns as many buy the aloe gel and slather it on your freshly burnt skin, and it soothes and heals. However, aloe also soothes and heals internally as well. The aloe gel is highly alkaline, and when ingesting it, it helps to alkalize the body, bringing it back to a healthy PH environment. Many foods and dietary habits make our internal environment acidic, so aloe helps to balance it out, all while providing our body with so many active components, including enzymes, vitamins, amino acids, fatty acids and more. The antioxidant content within aloe helps to boost our immune system as well.
An interesting fact about aloe vera, is that it is a natural antibiotic. Aloe prevents the growth of various bacteria and infectious microorganisms from forming within our body. It’s potency works to eliminate both internal and external infections. As previously mentioned, aloe is also a detoxifier. It helps our natural elimination process through our bowels, since it’s gelatinous properties help to move through our intestinal tract, absorbing toxins and helps to get our bowels moving.
My family always keeps a bottle of pure aloe vera juice in the fridge on hand. Whenever I have an upset stomach, I turn to this juice. It’s a great natural remedy for relieving problems associated with indigestion, acid reflux, IBS, ulcers, colitis and the list goes on. It is known that having a poor functioning digestive tract leads to many health problems, so it’s important to get your digestive system working back on track. I find that the way aloe externally soothes our skin, it also soothes the internal walls of our stomach and intestinal tract as it moves through our body.
Due to it’s high level of potency, aloe vera should be used with caution. Ingesting too much aloe can lead to a loss of electrolytes, it can interact with certain medications and can cause cramping and other adverse effects. So with any medicinal herb, use with moderation. If you’re wondering how raw, pure aloe vera juice/gel tastes, well the taste can be rather unpleasant. It has an oddly bitter taste, which is why it is best disguised in smoothies or other juices, however I usually just chug a small glass and get it over with. The health benefits definitely outweigh the cons in this case!