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Eczema, chronic digestive problems… Aloe vera seems to have virtues for all the ills. Aloe vera would be a miracle plant?

Aloe vera, the plant with multiple virtues

Not only does it stimulate the immune system and heal, but it also it also acts as an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. Aloe vera promotes the elimination of toxins and relieves stomach cramps and stomach aches. In addition, this remarkable plant is recommended to diabetics, and people suffering from allergies, constipation, heart problems …

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Aloe vera has been one of the most important plants used in medicine since ancient times © Photo Image

In short, aloe vera is a real miniature pharmacy It produces many active components, including minerals, enzymes, vitamins and mucopolysaccharides, as we will see.

Aloe vera, the Mayan fountain of youth

There are 300 species of aloe. The most widely used is of course aloe vera because of its benefits and especially because it is easy to use. Originally from South Africa, aloe vera is cultivated all over the world, particularly in Spain, Mexico and the southern United States.

The leaves are rather narrow, long and toothed. From the center rises an inflorescence with many yellow flowers in the form of a tube. After four to five years, the plant, of the lily family, reaches about a meter: we can start to take its leaves for the manufacture of remedies or cosmetics.

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The precious gel in the leaves of the aloe vera plant Valentyn Volkov

The precursors of the current medicine such as Pliny the Elder, Aristotle or Hippocrates had already discovered the multiple qualities of this plant. They used it especially for :

  • to improve blood coagulation,
  • help the capricious intestines,
  • soothe ulcers,
  • to treat blows and wounds,
  • as well as for its benefits for the skin: both to heal it and to beautify it.

Moreover, Cleopatra did not deprive herself of the exceptional properties of this plant to perfect her legendary beauty! The Maya called this plant ” the fountain of youth “and the ” source of youth “.

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The aloe vera leaf contains over 75 nutrients and 200 other components, as well as 20 minerals, 18 amino acids and 12 vitamins.

Aloe vera does not have no toxicityNo contraindication to other medications, even if it is necessary to ask the advice of your doctor in the context of a specific medication. Aloe vera is one of the products called ” adaptogens “.

The virtues of aloe vera for the body

Aloe vera maintains the body from the inside by cleaning the digestive system and urinary tract. Some products with aloe vera promote the proper functioning of the metabolism by burning fat and strengthening the body’s defenses.

Moreover, thanks to its healing properties, some native Indians even used aloe gel directly on open wounds, without suturing them first. This allowed for excellent healing, which, moreover, left far fewer marks than stitches.

  • Aloe facilitates the cell regeneration and a good hydration of the skin.
  • Aloe vera juice or gel can be applied to sports injuries, and is also effective as a therapeutic supplement.

This plant is recommended for pruritus, eczema, small cuts, irritations, cold sores, insect bites, dandruff, damaged hair, hair loss, acne, cellulite….

On a daily basis, aloe vera brings suppleness and softness to damaged or dry skin.

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Aloe vera and the intestine

Aloe vera pulp (mucilage or inner leaf) contains mucopolysaccharides (especially glucomannan and acemannan) which have virtues favoring the stimulation of natural defenses and the intestinal well-being.

The mucopolysaccharides of the pulp ” create a viscous film “They are essential for the permeability and structure of the intestines, and like a bandage, they provide protection and improve gastric function, especially in the case of high acidity. They stimulate the activity of the intestinal flora and its growth and thus help to strengthen the intestinal barrier against pathogens, i.e. sources of disease.

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Drinking aloe vera regularly for intestinal health © hlphoto

Mucopolysaccharides also promote the healing of gastric hairs and help by absorbing a large amount of water within their structure. The food consumed is thus transformed into hydrated masses, which improves intestinal peristalsis and elimination. In short, aloe and the intestines are a true love story…

Moreover, the fresh pulp contains amino acids, eight of which cannot be produced by the body.

Aloe vera and medical treatment

The use of aloe vera in all its forms does not replace medical treatment. If you are under treatment, it is imperative to consult your doctor before combining your medication with aloe vera.

Does aloe vera have any side effects?

It is not no known side effects and can therefore be taken without risk. At the most, some cases of allergies have been reported when using the gel. On the other hand, some people who are allergic to onions and garlic are also sometimes allergic to aloe vera.

Aloe vera is very active and penetrates the skin quickly, so it can sometimes make the skin redden, but not seriously.

Aloe vera for hair and skin

Aloe vera is very moisturizing and has anti-aging properties. Because of its regenerative, moisturizing and revitalizing functions, aloe vera actively fights against skin aging, but also against burns. Aloe vera is full of vitamins, mainly vitamins A, E and those of the B group. This magic plant is also endowed with essential minerals: phosphorus, potassium, calcium, chlorine, iron, zinc…

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To enjoy all these benefits after the shower, apply a nourishing body lotion with Aloe Vera for a hydrated, flexible and soft skin. At the same time, every evening when you remove your makeup, use a micellar water makeup remover with aloe vera and cornflower floral water, it will remove grease and impurities from the skin and leave an unparalleled feeling of freshness.

For hair care, aloe vera helps to cleanse the roots, repair split ends, strengthen the scalp, and facilitate detangling. There are many aloe vera-based shampoos on the market for irritated scalps.

Detangling is easier, the hair is fuller, shinier and more supple. Some research has also shown that aloe vera can prevent permanent hair loss by addressing the major causes of baldness.

Aloe vera in all its states

Aloe vera is present in many products: toothpastes, soaps, deodorants, shower baths, shampoos, hand, body and face creams, lip balms…

Things to note about aloe vera

Avoid aloe vera during pregnancy and breastfeeding and do not offer it to children under six years of age.

When purchasing, always choose a product of organic origin with IASC certificate and containing a high percentage of aloe vera: it will be more effective. Check also its packaging which must allow a perfect conservation of the properties of the product.

Aloe vera creams

Aloe vera creams are convenient and useful for all local applications. Many brands of day and night creams are based on aloe vera and give good results. Their texture makes them very pleasant to use and they all have in common that they are very moisturizing.

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Aloe vera cream and care in the bathroom © Studio Mars

Aloe vera latex

Be careful not to confuse aloe vera gel and aloe vera juice (or latex). The gel has cosmetic and medicinal properties, the juice or latex of aloe vera is a powerful laxative: it contains antraquinone glycosides (aloin), elements that produce highly laxative effects.

The juice must be extracted from the fresh pulp of aloe vera. To obtain this juice, the skin of the leaf must be removed, the pulp extracted and kneaded. It should be consumed pure, mixed or diluted at a rate of one tablespoon for a glass of water or fruit juice.

When to choose aloe vera juice?

Aloe vera juice is recommended to facilitate blood circulation, digestion, regulation of blood sugar levels. It helps a little to lose weight, by accelerating the metabolism (but no miracle to expect). This juice allows you to benefit from the many nutrients contained in the aloe vera leaves.

Aloe vera gel

Aloe gel is the most convenient form for applications, but also to consume as is with a spoon or mixed with honey. Aloe vera gel contains more phyto-elements than aloe juice. In addition to its cathartic qualities, aloe vera gel contains anthroglucosides that cleanse the body of toxins, especially residues that adhere to the walls of the intestine.

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Organic aloe vera gel extract © NADKI

Aloe vera gel is recommended against laryngitis and sore throat, especially as a gargle. For a sore throat, keep your aloe vera in the refrigerator.

Enzymes make it a great regulator of digestive and intestinal functions… Aloe gel is beneficial to the intestinal bacterial flora, and is therefore indicated in cases of ulcers, heartburn related to hormonal conditions or gastroenteritis.

  • Aloe vera gel is useful against diarrhea due to gastroenteritis, flu or tourista. Drinkable aloe vera gel is a bactericide.
  • It is a powerful intestinal antiseptic, recommended in cases of stubborn constipation and liver congestion. By stabilizing the disturbed intestinal flora, it relieves problems of flatulence, rebalances digestive problems gently (gastritis, esophagitis, ulcers, irritable bowel …):

Finally, a regular dose of aloe vera gel can clearly relieve as auxiliary therapy against diverticulitiscolitis, Crohn’s disease, and colic.

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Do not consume aloe vera gel directly extracted from the plant without knowing what the extraction process was. No filteredIt secretes a yellowish substance which is a bit toxic and must be purified to obtain a gel which will not trigger colic.

Aloe vera ampoules

This form is very often used for a specific and punctual treatment. However, since these solutions based on aloe vera concentrate are heat treated, most of their properties have disappeared.

Aloe vera capsules

Aloe capsules have a practical side, but their packaging is not recommended, because they are aloe powder. The latter is made from the whole leaf and therefore contains bark and therefore aloin.

Aloe vera in the kitchen

Aloe vera can be used to garnish desserts, yogurts, or drinks, but also as a natural seasoning for food in salads, for example.

How to choose aloe vera?

Aloe vera is easy to find either in organic stores, pharmacies or parapharmacy. But you have to be very careful, because there are very different qualities.

The method of extraction is crucial and must respect the delicate mucilage of the aloe plant (watery substance secreted by the aloe).

Furthermore, the use of preservatives, including citric acid, is detrimental to the intrinsic properties of the plant. Our advice: it is better to use aloe products with a short shelf life, but with a method of manufacture and preservation that preserves the properties and qualities of the plant.

Aloe vera is a plant with multiple benefits – © iStock.

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