Aloe vera benefits and more unique uses

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The Aloe Vera is a plant that has been used for thousands of years and continues to be used to this day. Literature from the early Egyptians shows the plant was referred to as the plant of immortality. The aloe vera is a plant belonging to the Liliaceae family. It grows in dry climates but can survive in a variety of climates, warmer or colder. The plant has thick leaves which secrete a clear gel when the leaf is broken.

This plant has been shown to have multiple uses and is indeed a wonder plant. This is a plant that will boost immunity and ensure you stay healthy for quite a long time. Below are some of the benefits of Aloe Vera health.

Digestive system

When ingested as a drink, aloe vera has been shown to reduce irritation in the stomach lining. This is especially so for patients of with ulcers. Another reason aloe vera health is recommended is that the juice aids healing of ulcers and reduces inflammation in patients with colitis, irritable bowel syndrome or other disorder causing inflammation of the gut. In a healthy individual, aloe vera and health is associated with an increase in gut bacteria which aid digestion.

Immune benefits

Research has shown that aloe vera contains antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties that aid the immune system in cleansing the body of pathogens and toxins. Among the diseases that aloe vera has been said to cure include:

i Genital herpes

ii Mucositis

iii Tungiasis

iv various forms of cancer such as lung cancer and colorectal cancer

Aloe vera has also been shown to boost immunity in people with allergies, arthritis and immune disorders.

Heart health

With increased cases of lifestyle diseases, people are looking for ways to control cholesterol levels which is bad for the heart. It is good to note that aloe vera health has been shown to improve blood circulation in the body. This is as a result of reduction of cholesterol levels aided by aloe vera. Low cholesterol levels in the blood reduce the probability of blood clots occurring within the blood vessels. Clinical trials have shown diabetics using aloe vera for health show the lowest cholesterol levels.

Laxative effect

If you ever needed a homemade laxative therapy, then aloe vera juice is what should be tried. The juice contains a substance referred to as anthraquinone glycosides which has laxative effects. This is a good remedy for persons experiencing constipation. Whether you desire the laxative effect o not, it is important to note that oral consumption of aloe vera juice has the said effect. In some patients, there is severe diarrhea, cramping and dehydration. Oral consumption should be done with a lot of caution. It is also very important to only consume aloe vera which is specifically recommended for internal use and not one for external use.

Skin

You must have come across a bottle of body lotion or oil that includes aloe vera as an added ingredient. The use of aloe vera for the skin is one of the oldest of the plant. Aloe vera improves the skin tone and makes the skin soft and supple. Further, aloe vera is effective against psoriasis, seborrhea dermatitis, tungiasis, dry skin and litchen planus.

Anti cancer activity

One of the most interesting aloe vera health benefits that is emerging is the anticancer activity that the plant is showing. Research done in rats has shown the actual reduction of cancer cells in rats with liver cancer. This is a very positive trend that shows aloe vera could soon be the plant that alleviates cancer. Positive results from similar research done in rat’s lungs with cancerous tumors have been reported.

Sunburn

Upon application of aloe vera on the skin, it provides healing of the epithelium thus effectively treating sunburn. Further, the gel from the plant provides a protective layer which moisturizes the body and its antioxidant and nutritional properties help the skin heal faster.

Aloe vera moisturizer

This is one of the benefits of aloe vera that have made it to be very popular in skin use. As the aloe vera has a small amount of water, it allows for motorization of the skin without leaving a greasy feel to the skin. As such it is the perfect remedy for a person with an oily complexion. For men who shave, there is no better remedy than the aloe vera gel which not only ensures smooth skin, but also treats any small cuts that might have occurred during shaving.

Gum disease

For strong healthy teeth and gums, aloe vera for health is highly recommended. Research has shown that the plant juice helps in gum disease such as gingivitis, periodontal disease and bleeding gums. The powerful antiseptic properties of aloe vera make it an invaluable tool in dental care.

Anti aging

Well, this property will surely make you want to try out aloe vera. Maintain your youth naturally by using aloe vera gel. This property is due to the high content of Vitamin E and C which sustain skin complexion eliminates wrinkling. Further, aloe vera health benefits include powerful antioxidants which destroy toxins associated with aging. If you are also worried of stretch marks, aloe vera restores the confidence by eliminating the unsightly stretch marks caused by pregnancy or even weight loss.

With the above mentioned benefits of aloe vera for health, there is no reason as to why you should miss this wonderful plant n your kitchen garden. In times of small emergencies, the plant might come in handy. Before using the plant for internal use, be sure to consult a qualified medical practitioner for the dosage you should take to avoid adverse effects.

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sangre 2 years ago from Ireland

Very interesting hub. Never knew you could use it for so many things.


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Davidnjoroge 2 years ago from Nairobi Author

Thank you for reading. Now you know of the numerous uses aloe vera has. It's an amazing plant indeed.


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angryelf 2 years ago from Tennessee

This is a wonderful hub to have shared, as many are unaware of the many medical benefits of Aloe Vera. I absolutely love this plant; my mother had one when I was young. Every time I'd get cut, or burned, or whatever may have happened (we lived way out in the middle of the country, and I was always climbing boulders, playing in creeks, etc), I would rip off a small piece and squeeze the aloe out onto my wounds. Such a wonderful plant, and a wonderful hub to show everyone how amazing it truly is!


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Davidnjoroge 2 years ago from Nairobi Author

Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Indeed, Aloe vera is a wonder plant. It is in some cases even used to treat malaria in Africa with users claiming to resolve the condition quick, though they lament on the bitter taste :)

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