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The Uses of Aloe Vera in Jamaica
The medicinal uses of the Aloe Vera plant are believed to have the ability to cure any sickness or disease in Jamaica. This requires in depth knowledge of the healing properties of the plant. The correct application, dosage and timing are important in order to target and cure each disease. Knowing which other herbs to use in conjunction with aloe vera further enhances the healing effects of the plant. We won’t go into the different combinations because it’s too many and I charge for that type of information.
Aloe Vera is classified as bitters in Jamaica. All herbs that are classified as bitters have a bitter taste and have strong healing properties. Bitters are used to balance out imbalances that may occur in the body such as cancer or any autoimmune diseases. These imbalances can be caused by having too much salt or sugar in the body. Other popular bitters in Jamaica are sarsaparilla and serosi.
Aloe Vera is administered topically or internally. It can be cut into small pill like blocks and swallowed. It is easy to swallow because it is slimy. Some people soak it in coconut water and drink it. The electrolytic properties of coconut water help to makes the nutrients in the aloe vera more bio-available. The medicinal uses of aloe vera consist of applying it to the skin or hair similar to a lotion or shampoo.
Aloe Vera is called Single Bible in Jamaica. It’s like the holy grail of all healing plants. In Jamaica, aloe vera is used to cure majority of all diseases that is a result of an imbalanced digestive system. For example, worms within the intestines or too much bad bacteria in the intestines can easily be resolved by aloe vera juice. Worms and bad bacteria are both anaerobic respirator’s and release toxins into the human body. This in turn results in a plethora of sicknesses. This is where the plant has its strongest healing attributes. We will therefore look into the different uses of aloe vera in Jamaica.
As soon as a child gets sick in Jamaica, the parents suspects that the child has worms. They may buy pharmaceutical de-worming medicine or use aloe vera as an herbal medicine. Herbalist's in Jamaica learn the properties of the plants by the observing the plants in their natural environment. For example, it is observed that parasitic worms that eat plants cannot eat the aloe vera plant. It is therefore assumed that the single bible plant contains natural worm repellents or insecticides. The ability of the plant to heal itself when cut is also a good property to look for in healing plants. Aloe Vera also has the ability to grow roots when cut and isolated. These properties are indications of the potency of the healing properties of any plant.
The skin of the plant of the Aloe Vera is where the medicinal worm repellent ingredient of the plant is concentrated. Blending the skin and drinking it will kill any type of worm in the intestines or elsewhere. However, strong dosages are not necessary.
Good Bacterial Flora
For someone who eats a lot of meat and little fiber, they would have to go on a 12 hour aloe vera fasting in order to reset the intestinal track of the body before they start eating healthy again. Meats in the intestinal track ferments very quickly which produces a lot of toxins. These toxins in turn paralyse the peristaltic motion of the intestinal muscles. So the meat stays even longer in the body and decomposes even more.
One of the medicinal uses of aloe vera plant is to clear the intestinal track of all residues. Because the aloe vera is slimy, this helps to trap particles in the intestines, especially the colon. When the residual wastes are trapped and cleared from the body, the good bacteria will automatically replenish itself and aid in proper digestion. The peristaltic ring like muscle will then start working properly again.
Cold and Flu
Aloe Vera boosts the immune system. It contains a long list of Phytonutrients. It also contains Vitamin A, B, C, E. It contains most minerals, plant sterols and enzymes. Therefore, the nutrients in the Aloe Vera reinforce each other. The onset of a cold is believed to be caused by a lack of these nutrients along with a stressful environment. Therefore, one the use of aloe vera is to replenish the body with the necessary nutrients to fight a cold. Consult Nutritional Benefits of Aloe Vera for the full list.
One of the medicinal uses of aloe vera is that it forms a protective coating over ulcers and slows the progression of ulcer sores. This coating protects the ulcer from future damage by the stomach's acidic juices. The nutrients in the aloe vera also counteract the bacteria responsible for the progression of ulcers. All these factors combine to help the stomach repair itself of the ulcer and return to normal functioning.
Gastroenteritis, Diarrhea and Constipation
Aloe Vera is the number one cure for Gastroenteritis, Diarrhea and Constipation in Jamaica. It is the surest cure. Gastroenteritis and diarrhea is normally caused by a select couple of very stubborn bacteria. These bacteria release very potent toxins that can literally shut down the body and result in death. The diarrhea is a result of the intestinal track desperately trying to remove the bacteria from the intestinal track unsuccessfully. Fortunately soaking the aloe vera in some coconut water and drinking it will easily eliminate the bacteria from the intestines.
Constipation is alleviated because the aloe vera removes the bacteria that are paralyzing the intestinal track and it helps to push through hard solid body waste.
Whether you have oily or dry skin, one of the major medicinal uses of aloe vera gel is to revitalize the skin. Just cut it into big pieces and rub it on the skin. Use aloe vera to relieve pimples, eczema and any other skin ailments. It also tones the skin to its natural color.
The gel from the plant makes your skin look younger. It tightens the skin. If you have ever rubbed the plant on your face, there is this feeling of your skin tightening up. This is good; it restores the elastic nature of the skin. Even after washing of the gel, some properties still remain on the skin that protects the skin from regular bacteria and shield the skin from UV rays. It can also be used to clean cuts and burns. It also speeds up the (scabbing) healing process really fast of cuts.
In Jamaica, Rastafarian's crush the plant and use the gel in their hair. It makes the hair really strong and gives it a resilient sheen. Aloe is also used in Jamaica to cure rare fungal infections of the hair that affects children. Find out why aloe vera is the most popular active ingredient in shampoos and conditioners.
Vitamin B12 for Vegans
Finding a proper non-meat source for Vitamin B12 has always been a mystery. The good bacteria in the body produce Vitamin B12. The main medicinal use of aloe vera is to support and improve bacteria flora. In addition aloe vera contains the correct combinations of minerals that the bacteria needs to produce Vitamin B12. The main mineral that composes vitamin B12 is cobalt which is found in the plant.
One medicinal use of aloe vera is boasting energy levels. This is due to the vitamin b complexes and other nutrients that aid in converting a higher percentage of the food in your stomach to energy. I personally take a pill (small cutting) of the aloe plant in the morning before leaving the house. I definitely feel an energy boost. It's also a good cure for low energy associated with depression or sadness.
The main medicinal use of aloe vera is reversing the effects of cancer. The University of the West Indies and Northern Caribbean University did a joint research about treating cancer with aloe vera. The aloe vera contains a super mineral called organic germanium. Most of the healing properties of the plant is attributed to this mineral. The reasearch done by the universities proved that organic germanium helps to shut down cancer cells. The properties of the aloe vera plant basically sends a message to the cancer cells DNA that gives it instructions to stop replicating and shut down.
Interesting Facts about Aloe Vera
- The Egyptians uses aloe vera to help mummify dead bodies. This makes sense because worms and bacteria that help decomposition cannot survive alongside aloe vera.
- After Jesus Christ was taken off the cross, aloe vera was one of the plants bought to prepare his body for burial
- Cleopatra did use aloe vera on her whole body including hair and nails to keep her looking younger.
- Some organic farmers use aloe vera as an effective organic insecticide, pesticide and fungicide.
- Most Jamaicans use aloe vera as a last resort when pharmaceuticals do not work.
- Aloe is one of the main ingredients used in the cure for AIDS!
- Rural Jamaicans always have a stash of aloe vera in their house.
- Aloe vera can be used to preserve foods.
- Aloe vera can be used to wean stubborn babies off sucking their fingers or sucking on particular items by placing a small amount on the fingers or items. (it is safe in small amounts, very bitter though)
- After cutting the plant for storage. It can preserve itself for storage for many years without modification.
- It is fed to animals that are involved in sports such as race horses or fighting dogs as a form of tonic.
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