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Aloe and It's Healing Power
The Healing Power of Aloe
There are many things in your home that you can use to help with minor first aid. One of them is Aloe, you may not exactly what aloe can do for you, but after reading this article you will have some idea.
Aloe is one of the most versatile kitchen healers available, but you don’t keep this one in your pantry. Instead, you will want to grow this one in a sunny window. This is a spiny plant filled with a gel like substance. Many believe that aloe is one of the most valuable tools in Mother Nature’s first aid kit. This plant is the cousin to the Lily and is very hardy needing very little to survive. It has the ability to help heal wounds, moisturize the skin, and soothe ulcers.
History of Aloe
This plant has been used for at least 5,500 years. The first documentation of its use is found in Egypt papyrus, dating back 3,500 years. The aloe plant migrated from Africa to America in the 17th and 18th centuries, and it was soon adopted by healers in the New World.
What is in Aloe?
The funny thing about aloe is that it is 99% water! The clear gel inside the leaves contains an assortment of healing compounds. The compounds are glycoproteins, and polysaccharides, the glycoproteins help to speed healing by stopping the pain and inflammation. Polysaccharides help to moisturize the skin, stimulate its growth, and repair, and enhance wound healing. Not only that, but it contains bradykininase, this helps to reduce swelling. Also, it contains the mineral magnesium lactate, this is yet another gel component that soothes itching and eases allergic rashes.
What does the Medical Community Say about Aloe?
In 2009, studies were conducted in Iran that suggested aloe is very effective in treating skin aliments. They reported that their scientific evidence supported the fact that aloe is beneficial in treating psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, frostbite, and burns.
In the same year, they also determined that aloe had a great ability to heal second-degree burns. When compared to the standard burn treatment, silver sulfadiazine, the aloe healed the burn three days faster. In Thailand studies have been done for the treatment of psoriasis, 80 people with mild to moderate psoriasis were treated with aloe vera or a steroid cream. The results were about the same, however; aloe had a slight edge over the steroid.
The medical community believes that if aloe can work so well on the outside of the body, maybe it can work just as well for the inside of the body. In the mid 1990’s a study was conducted where people with ulcerated colitis drank pure aloe gel. The results were a reduction in inflammation in the GI tract.
In 2003 Harvard Medical School reviewed 109 studies that tested supplements for helping people control blood sugar and they concluded that the results were promising but preliminary.
Velzipmur aka Shelly Wyatt
Growing an aloe vera plant is pretty simple. The first thing to remember is when you go to buy an aloe plant, try to buy the biggest one you can find. The larger plant has more potency than the smaller ones plus the larger plant has been around awhile so it will most likely survive your home. Not to mention, aloe grows slower inside than is does outside. Aloe loves to be outside, so if you can take your plant outside during the warm summer months do so.
Aloe plants do not like the direct sunlight, nor do they enjoy too much water. When watering your plant let the dirt get almost parched before watering, and make sure you have a hole in the bottom of the pot so that the water can drain. If you do over water or put the aloe in direct sunlight it will turn brown, and begin to curl up. It you don’t give it enough water or sunlight it will begin to droop and look sad.
- This plant will freeze and can’t be left outside in cold weather.
- Grows slow inside
- Needs well drained sandy potting soil of good quality to grow well.
- Do not over water
- Make sure you have a drain hole in the bottom of the pot it is in.
- Will grow shoots that you can remove and plant to start more aloe plants.
- Harvest leaves as you need them for wounds, the leaf will not grow back so choose the one closest to the ground, because as they mature they become more potent.