Aloe Vera – Medicinal Plant and Superfood

Aloe Vera, also known as the ‘true’ or ‘medicinal’ Aloe, is best known for it’s skin-healing and emollient properties.  Aloe Vera heals sunburns and other skin conditions quite effectively.

Aloe Vera is a stemless, succulent plant that grows to be around 2 to 4 feet tall.  It is native of Africa.  The leaves are green, thick, and fleshy.  Some varieties have white spots on the upper and lower surfaces, with serrated leaves containing small white teeth.  Jelly can be extracted from the Aloe Vera plant and then be used to make Aloe Vera Juice and other nutritional supplements.

General Aloe Vera Information:

  • The ‘wound-healing’ properties of Aloe Vera have been known to man since Ancient Times.
  • Aloe Vera has been known to various cultures known ‘The Miracle Plant’ and ‘The Natural Healer’.
  • It can be used as a food preservative.
  • Aloe Vera is frequently found in modern day toothpastes, makeup, tissues, mositurizers, sunscreens, soaps, shampoos, shaving cream, and incense.  My daughter even has a pair of winter gloves with Aloe Vera in them.

Nutritional Highlights

  • Contains lots of Vitamin C.  Vitamin C is an antioxidant.  It also helps bind cells together and strengthens blood vessel walls. In addition to that, the Vitamin C in Aloe Vera helps maintain healthy gums, and aids in the absorption of iron.
  • Vitamin B-12 is also in Aloe Vera.  Vitamin B-12 helps build genetic material and helps the body form red blood cells.
  • Germanium.  Germanium helps fight free radical damage.  Free radical damage breaks down cells.  Germanium regulates the body and helps it to ‘reset’ so that all critical body systems are functioning like they should be functioning.  Germanium also helps strengthen the immune system.
  • EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acids) – are fatty acids that humans and other animals must ingest because the body requires them for good health but cannot synthesize them.  The term “essential fatty acid” refers to fatty acids required for biological processes, and not those that only act as fuel.  EFA’s are essential for every cell in the body to properly function.  The body’s vast recuperative powers are maximized when the body has enough EFA’s.  Aloe Vera is a good source of EFA’s.  EFA’s help to block migraines headaches, relieve arthritis pain, reduce menstrual discomfort, and prevent heart disease.  EFA’s also calm the digestive process and help the body remove excess fat.
  • Amino Acids – Aloe Vera is rich in amino acids.  Amino acids are the building block of protein.  Protein is required for optimal brain function.  Amino Acids help build proper proteins.

Primary Health Benefits

  • Helps detox the body and cleanse the colon.
  • Detoxifies the blood stream.
  • Heals ulcers.
  • Builds immune system strength.
  • Assists in regulating bowels.
  • Helps with stomach and intestinal issues.
  • Dilates capillaries and aids in new cell growth.
  • Helps improve blood circulation.
  • Antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral!

Aloe Vera & Skin

  • Aloe eases general skin conditions.
  • Aloe makes for a wonderful medicine for the skind when either applied directly, eaten, or consumed via juice or other liquid.
  • Aloe helps keep the skin free of Candida, and other viruses and bacteria.
  • Aloe helps the skin by reducing swelling, redness, itching, and inflammation.
  • It is useful for healing or soothing chronic skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
  • Applying chilled Aloe Vera gel to an inflamed area will provide instant relief.

Aloe Vera for the Stomach & Bowels

  • Aloe is great for the stomach due to it healing and soothing abilities.
  • Aloe Vera Juice will sooth digestive tract irritations, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, and colitis.
  • Aloe Vera consumption promotes the release of pepsin, a gastric juice enzyme necessary for healthy digestion.
  • Aloe Vera helps ease bowel movement issues, acid reflux, and heartburn.

Aloe Vera and the Heart

  • Aloe is beneficial to the heart due to its ability to prevent the walls of the arteries from becoming sticky and clogged.
  • Aloe Vera Gel has the ability to reduce blood platelet stickiness and the reduce inflammation or microvascular injury.
  • Aloe Vera helps deliver necessary oxygen in an efficient way to organs (like the brain and the heart) that need the oxygen to keep functioning properly.
  • Several studies have shown that when Aloe Vera is added to the diet, most symptoms and signs of coronary artery disease dissipate or are eliminated altogether.  The participants in the study did not develop heart issues, and many were able to discontinue their prescription pill usage (for chest pain, blood pressure issues, blood sugar control, etc).

Aloe Vera & Wounds

  • Aloe Vera is successful at healing wounds due to it being a strong moisturizing agent, it’s anti-inflammatory properties, and it’s bevy of essential nutrients.  Nutrients help to increase cell growth and blood flow to the skin, which in turn helps cleanse the skin of germs and thereby contributes to the healing of the skin and or infection.
  • Aloe increases immune system support, which helps speed the healing of the wound.

The Egyptians revered the aloe plant for its many health giving properties. The gel of raw aloe vera contains vitamins C and E, plus the minerals calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, and chromium, as well as antioxidants, fiber, amino acids, enzymes, sterols, and lignins and, most importantly, polysaccharides. It is the polysaccharides in aloe that help it do everything from fighting infections to boosting the immune system. The gel in whole aloe leaves can be used as a food, or applied topically to the skin. Once the gel is removed from the inner leaf, it may be combined with other foods in smoothies, salads, or other raw food preparations.