The Aloe Vera Plant
The aloe vera plant is popularly known as nature's silent healer. It is also called lily of the dessert, elephant's gall, the herb of immorality by ancient Egyptians and bitters or sinkle bible by the Caribbean people.
It is one of the most popularly used medicinal plant today. It is not only used for medicinal purposes but also in juices, hair products, soaps, and much more. It can be described as a clear, gel like when the green spotted skin is peeled off. Each one has a pointed end and is grown with many of them clustered together.
Medicinal uses of aloe vera plant:
Aloe Vera is helpful in healing cuts, wounds, rashes, sores, insect bites, burns and skin irritations. The gel should be applied to the affected area.
It is said to give a glowing look to the skin when it is consumed or when using a soap make from aloe vera is used. It is proven to purify the skin. The gel of the aloe can also be applied to dry skin which provides moisture and gives a glowing effect. As with most bitter herb, aloe vera plant is a body purifier so it helps to clean and purify the bowels which reduces bloating and other bowel discomfort.
People in the Caribbean blend aloe (not peeled) with orange juice for a week for bowel purification (wash out). It is a natural worm repellant and is very effective in destroying parsitic worms.
It is used to treat diabetes by improving glucose levels in diabetics.
Aloe strengthens the immune system as it contains vitamins A, B, C and E, which aids in the fight against colds and flu.
It is used to treat ulcers as the nutrients in aloe helps to slow progression of ulcer sores and repair the stomach. It helps with gastroenteritis and diarrhea. Blend aloe with coconut water and drink, this removes the bacteria from the intestines.
It clears acne. You can rub the gel on your face for about two weeks as well as you can blend the gel and drink it.
Is used to treat dandruff. It is also used to steam hair; add 1 egg white to the gel of 1 small aloe vera plant and apply to the scalp of the hair. Cover with steam cap for about 2 hours. This is said to repair damaged hair and strengthen scalp.
How to make Aloe Vera juice:
Step 1: Peel the skin from a large aloe, cutting the gel in cubes.
Step 2: Place in blender and add 3 cups of water, fresh juice or coconut water, whichever suits your taste.
Step 3: Blend well and serve chilled. The rest can be refrigerated for future use.