Aloe Vera is succulent plant and it is widely known for its wide range of remarkable healing properties. This plant is used since ancient times and the Egyptians called it the plant of immortality.
The Aloe Vera is packed with more than 200 biologically active and naturally occurring compounds, including vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, polysaccharides and minerals that stimulate nutrient absorption.
Here are some of the Aloe Vera compounds:
Vitamins and Minerals
Aloe Vera contains vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, folic acid and choline.
In addition to that,
Aloe Vera contains vitamin B12. Vegans cannon consume this vitamin in high quantities due to their diet. When it comes to minerals, Aloe Vera contains calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese, potassium, sodium and copper. When is properly combined, this mineral boosts metabolic pathways.
Aloe Vera contains important enzymes like amylase and lipase, which help the digestion by breaking down fat and sugar molecules.
Salicylic acid contained in Aloe Vera is great in fight against inflammation. Also, the Aloe Vera is abundant with more than 20 essential amino acids that are necessary for the human body in order to function properly.
BENEFITS OF ALOE VERA
This amazing plant has the ability to prevent digestive disorders like bloating, constipation, IBS and colitis and soothes the stomach.
Encourages the production of white blood cells
Helps burns heal
Treats acne and eczema
Diminishes the risk for arthritis inflammation
Hydrates the skin
Reduces rashes, boils, and other skin irregularities
Fills in wrinkles
Helps with reducing heartburn and indigestion
Keeps the gums healthy
Strengthens the urinary tract performance
Boosts the immunity
Regulates the blood sugar
Improves the heart’s work and the blood’s quality
You can consume Aloe Vera or to use it topically. In case you choose to ingest it, you can control the concentration of Aloe in your juice mixtures and smoothies.
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. It is of extreme importance to clean the work surface in order to eliminate any unwanted bacteria.
You should choose leaves that are mature, thick, fleshy and deep green in color. The leaves should be at least 4-6 inches long. It is recommended to use the oldest and largest outermost leaves near the bottom of the plant as they contain a thick, nutrient-rich gel layer.
Next step is to cut the leaves. Utilize sharp knife to create a clean cut, without harming the plant of course. You need to cut close to the base of the leaf and slice away from the center of the plant.
Next step is to rinse the outer skin of the leaves and knife. Place the cut leaves in a bowl at angle of 45 degree for at least 15 minutes. With this step you will make the dark yellow, very bitter Aloe juice or latex to drain out. This juice is found in the cells located just under the surface of the leaf. It is important to mention that latex is a very powerful laxative and may irritate the intestines. Also, the laxative effect may cause potassium levels to become very low.
You need to remove the serrated edges and skin carefully and place the concave side down on a cutting board. After that, slice around the perimeter in order to leave you with the top and bottom layer of skin, exposing the Aloe gel in between. Carefully run the knife just under the top layer and peel it away. Perform the same procedure on the opposite side.
You should remove the gel from each leaf and place it in a clean jar. Then, you can squeeze some lemon juice over it and shake the jar.
In order to make a smooth gel you should pour the gel into a food processor. Place the gel in a sealed jar in the fridge. This gel can stay up to a week.
For medicinal use, take 30 ml of the gel, 3 times on daily basis.
But, if you decide to use it topically, first clean and cut the leaf lengthwise and then rub the gel on the wound several times a day, until it is completely healed.