The Versatility of Aloe Vera
This miracle plant, Aloe Vera, has a 4000+ year history and is even referenced in the bible six times. Deemed magical and miraculous, it was called 'The Hand of God' by the Indians of both Central America and Mexico. Although quite famous for its topical applications for burns, cuts, abrasions, etc., the Aloe Vera plant is far more versatile than you may know. In this article, we'll touch on some of this plant's many uses and focus on its very surprising effect on dental health.
What Makes Aloe Vera Tick?
Aloe Vera is a succulent plant that contains and holds a thick liquid substance in its leaves. This substance is its most valuable part. Active ingredients include vitamin B12, copper, magnesium, calcium, manganese, zinc, potassium, folic acid, chromium, selenium, sodium, and amino acids. It's chock full of the stuff that aids digestion, boosts the immune system, and detoxifies the body. The gel-like material acts as an anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-microbial. Add emodin and aloin to the list you've got a pretty kickin' pain reliever as well. The list is actually longer, but.. you get the idea: Aloe Vera rocks.
Okay, So the Plant's Pretty Packed.. But What's It Used For?
Aloe Vera has been called upon for a plethora of ailments including:
- Hair loss
- Kidney infections
- Leg ulcers
- Multiple sclerosis
- Skin cuts, abrasions
- Sore gums and other oral health issues
- Stomach ulcers
- Bed sores
- Blood pressure
I told you it rocks!
Aloe Vera and Oral Health? Hmmm...
Now that's quite a list! However, oral health issues grabbed my curiosity, and wouldn't let go, because unfortunately I developed some problems while battling another health condition. I've been on a quest to restore my oral health naturally. And I wondered if adding Aloe Vera might be helpful. Bingo!
I found it has several oral health applications.
- Bad Breath
Aloe Vera works as a natural remedy for bad breath that is caused by harmful bacteria and fungus in the mouth as well as digestive problems. Aloe Vera kills these harmful bacteria and fungus while promoting healthy digestion. It also helps protect the soft tissues of the oral cavity, reducing the likelihood of bad breath.
Gingivitis, the bleeding and inflamed condition of the gums, is a common disorder of the mouth caused by the buildup of bacterial plaque.This condition not only causes pain, but also can cause the teeth to decay and the bones that support teeth to deteriorate, and lead to many more severe problems. Aloe Vera works to kill the bacteria that cause gingivitis, while preventing and removing plaque buildup.
- Tooth Decay
Aloe Vera helps the digestive system to absorb more nutrients and assist in the assimilation of these nutrients. This promotes healthy bones and teeth, helping to reduce the risk of tooth decay.
- Cold and Mouth Sores
The gel from the Aloe Vera plant has gained attention for curing ulcerated lesions, both in and outside of the mouth.
- Gum Disease
Periodontal disease and gingivitis can be quite a problem, by raising the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, strokes,and lung infections. Studies by The Center for Disease Control and Emory University have shown that those with gum disease have a higher mortality rate (50% higher) than those who don't.Harmful bacteria is carried through the bloodstream and can spread infection to the other organs of the body. They can also be breathed into the lungs. There's a whole lot of havoc to be wreaked. Aloe Vera can reduce such risks by offering the healthy benefits of protection, prevention and healing.
Additionally, Aloe Vera cleanses and soothes teeth and gums, and may even be beneficial for whitening teeth.This, and all of the above, is very good news for a growing segment of the population seeking natural treatments for common health problems.
Growing Aloe Vera
Okay, so Now WHAT?
Well the good news is that Aloe Vera can be easily grown in your own home. That means you can get to enjoying all these wonderfully healing properties in no time! You can also purchase Aloe Vera gel (I strongly recommend organic) if your green thumb more closely resembles erhm.. the color orange. It can be used in a variety of ways, and you can even make your own mouthwash using Aloe Vera gel.
1 tsp. aloe vera gel
1 cup water
½ cup club soda
10 drops of lemon essential oil
4 drops of vegetable glycerin
Put mixture into a bottle. Shake well. Swish and gargle for about a minute everyday. This will prevent bad breath and promote oral health.
You can also use aloe vera gel with lemon juice to whiten teeth. Simply mix lemon juice with ¼ aloe vera juice and brush away! Lemon helps in whitening teeth while aloe vera soothes the gums.
Aloe Vera truly must be heaven-sent. With all these amazing benefits, why not let 'The Hand of God' touch you today, in the form of this magical plant? You'll be glad you did.. and so will someone you love.