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The Infinite Uses of Aloe Vera 'The Plant of Immortality' - 2

Updated on July 18, 2014
Aloe leaf
Aloe leaf | Source

Chapter 2

As we've already read, aloe vera can cure a number of problems such as skin and hair problems, stomach problems, joint pain and benefits of using aloe vera as a dietary supplement.

In this article, I am going to elaborate on some more benefits of aloe vera. Before knowing further uses and properties, I think it will be interesting to know about the history and composition of this medicinal plant that make it so special.

Lets start with heart disease...

Aloe vera against heart diseases

Aloe vera improves heart palpitation. Its ability to lower cholesterol and improve blood circulation reduces cardiovascular risks to a great extent. A study of 5,000 people conducted by American Heart Association showed that Aloe Vera can have effects that reduce the risk of heart disease. Reduced amounts of blood lipids and increased the good cholesterol

Note that the research is not complete in any area and to draw any conclusions until more research has been completed on Aloe Vera.

Aloe vera against Stomach problems, Gastritis and Constipation

Gastritis can be really difficult to get rid of. Despite the medication it may be difficult to get the stomach to heal from within. If you drink Aloe Vera juice, you get gastric juices that help stimulate the healing process and reduces the production of the gastric juice acid. Constipation and other stomach problems can also be treated with Aloe Vera juice. Juice with sap stimulates the healing of gastric and duodenal mucosa. Drink morning and evening. Results may take a few weeks.

Aloe for post operation healing

Aloe helps to heal the wound after operation, according to the Journal of Surgical Oncology and Dermatology. Eighteen patients who suffered from acne have undergone surgery for facial dermabrasion, in which lesions were removed. After surgery surgical gauze gel was applied to half of the patients, the other half was treated with surgical gauze gel mixed with aloe gel. Patients treated with aloe healed 72 hours faster than the other.

Aloe vera for diabetics

More uses of Aloe

Dental Care: Aloe is an effective bactericide. So this can be used to ensure a proper dental hygiene. It clean the canals and fights plaque. Moreover, its coagulating action is also effective to the internal injuries to the oral cavity.

Diabetes Prevention: Aloe vera has the ability to lower blood sugar. With the use of aloe vera, diabetes can be prevented or at least slow down.

Heartburn: Heartburn is certainly not a life threatening disease but it can be very great annoyance. Aloe vera juice or gel can solve this problem.

Frostbite: A study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine established that aloe can relieve frostbite also. Scientists gave standard freezing treatments(antibiotics, ibuprofen) to 150 patients with mild to severe injuries. Patients who received aloe vera cream, 67.9% healed without undergoing tissue loss (amputation), compared with 32.7% in the control group. The conclusion reached was that aloe prevents the decrease of blood flow to the tissues, the main cause of amputation.

Aloe gel
Aloe gel | Source

Purify blood: Aloe is able to detoxify any toxins from our body. Not only that, it contains saccharides that adhere to the walls of the intestine by forming a protective barrier that prevents the absorption of harmful substances.

Laxative: Aloe is an ally of the digestive system. It stimulates the bacterial flora and the elimination of waste, improving the absorption of nutrients (but not harmful elements). For this reason, aloe vera reduces the side effects of the drugs on the digestive system such as heartburn, cramps and constipation.

Stimulates the immune system: Contains acemannan, with antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. It stimulates the production of macrophages, white blood cells that destroy cancer cells.

Anticancer: As we have seen Aloe is particularly effective in preventing different types of cancer (colon, prostate, breast, polmonni, ovaries and brain). Not only that, this plant is a valuable tool to radiotherapy and chemotherapy, as it limits the side effects such as hair loss, nausea, burns.

Soothing effect: Aloe provides immediate relief to the bites of mosquitoes and other insects, and even nettle jellyfish. Its soothing power also extends to sunburn.

Aftershave: It can be also used as aftershave

Headaches: If you suffer from headaches ,add a few drops of peppermint essential oil to aloe gel and apply it in circular motions on the back of your neck and forehead.

Aloe vera for Cancer

aloin taken out from aloe leaf
aloin taken out from aloe leaf

How to choose good aloe vera products?

Side effects appears only when Aloe is handled wrongly.

Let me explain how this occurs. The Aloe leaf is divided into three main parts: Bark, Aloin and Gel

Bark is the outermost protection of the plant. The pulp is protected from external factors. Its spines are like lightning rods, which absorb the sun's rays, not allowing radiation, excessive heat or cold damaging the leaf. Also protects against predators, regenerating itself when damaged. Below the crust lies in small pockets, a liquid called aloin. This yellow colored compound contains active ingredients that produce the gel.

Pure gel of aloe is without aloin. It has no side effects.

To get all the benefits and properties of Aloe as a nutrient, the following points should be observed:

  • Product should have the seal of the International Aloe Science Council, which annually certifies the quality, purity and origin of the product.
  • Product should not contain bark in its composition, the excess cellulose does not digest easily
  • You must ensure that the gel is stabilized without adding any chemicals.
  • You must choose the products having the composition of 30% to 100% Aloe gel instead of other ingredients added to the product
  • Choose products that contains at most 6% of aloin
  • To be handled and stored so as not to oxidize its natural components. One of the most important is the Acemannan, a type of glucose that activates our entire immune system

Side effects

In addition to the numerous health benefits of Aloe, it may cause side effects which should not be ignored.

An overdose of aloe can lead to dehydration, stomach cramps and intestinal cramps. Therefore, it is not recommended to use in the long term, it is preferable for treatment cycles.

Aloe should not be used by children under 12 years of age and pregnant and lactating women or during the menstrual cycle.


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      Praveen Pal 3 years ago from New Delhi

      very useful hub, I also uses Aloe vera's juice daily :)

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      Cecile Portilla 3 years ago from West Orange, New Jersey

      Nice hub on Aloe Vera. My grand parents grew these plants. We used Aloe vera as a hair conditioner!