What Aloe Vera Does In Your Body: Why Egyptians Called It The Plant Of Immortality?
Aloe Vera is an amazing plant known for its incredible healing abilities. It has been used for millennia, and has been called the plant of immortality in ancient Egypt. The plant contains more than 200 biologically active compounds including vitamins, minerals and polysaccharides.
Here are some of the most important nutrients in the plant:
Vitamins and minerals
Aloe Vera is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E, folic acid and choline. It also contains the rare vitamin B12. Besides the vitamins, the plant contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, manganese, potassium, sodium and copper.
Aloe Vera contains enzymes such as amylase and lipase which can help your body break down fat and sugar.
The plant is rich in salicylic acid which can reduce inflammation as well as 20 amino acids that are needed for proper body function.
Aloe Vera health benefits
- Prevents digestive disorders such as bloating, constipation, IBS and colitis, and soothes the stomach
- Encourages the production of white blood cells
- Diminishes the risk for arthritis inflammation
- Treats acne and eczema
- Hydrates the skin
- Reduces rashes, boils, and other skin irregularities
- Helps b-urns heal
- Fills in wrinkles
- Heals wounds
- Boosts the immunity
- Regulates the blood sugar
- Strengthens the urinary tract performance
- Helps with reducing heartburn and indigestion
- Improves the heart’s work and the blood’s quality
- Keeps the gums healthy
The plant can be consumed or used topically – if you choose to consume it, you can add the gel to your favorite juices and smoothies.
How to use the Aloe Vera gel
First, wash your hands well and clean a cutting board, then put mature, thick and deep green Aloe leaves on it. They should be 4-6 inches long – try picking the ones which are near the bottom of the plant.
Cut the leaves from the plant and put them in a bowl at a 45 degree angle for 45 minutes – this will enable the bitter Aloe juice to drain out. It is a powerful laxative and may cause potassium deficiency.
After 15 minutes, put the leaves on the concave side on the board and cut around the perimeter. This will expose the gel which you can collect with the knife. Do the same on the opposite side of the leaf, then put the gel in a jar, and squeeze some lemon juice over it. Finally, pour all the gel in a food processor, blend it and keep it in a container in the bridge.
For topical use, rub the gel on wounds a couple of times a day until you see results