Aloe, Aloe

When is was young we had aloe vera plants in the home for those small emergencies like scrapes, cuts, and burns.  My father was a medicinal man, seeing nature as his favourite place to hang out.  He had green fingers, a magic he still possesses and of which I am in constant awe.

When I left home my father made sure I took a little one with me to college.  It tried to survive despite me.  I was desperately neglectful of this wondrous plant.   If only then I had the appreciation and knowledge I now seek.  I am sure that I did wonderfully well at neglecting myself too.

Then all I knew was that aloe vera was in a way limited to topical use BUT is actually even more beneficial to your body when taken internally,  I may have been more attentive, goodness knows I could have greatly benefitted from its healing powers and gut soothing effects.    Knowledge is however never wasted as i continue to appreciate mother natures endless gifts.

Here is the low down on this special plant.

Minerals

Aloe vera has loads of minerals including calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper, and manganese.

Enzymes

Aloe Vera contains important enzymes like amylase and lipase which can aid in digestion by breaking down fat and sugar molecules.

Vitamins

Aloe vera is also a source of vitamins A, C,E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), and B6.

Amino Acids

Aloe vera contains 20 of the 22 essential amino acids that are required by the human body. That alone is deserve respect.

Other Benefits of the internal use of Aloe

Aside from being an excellent body cleanser, removing toxic matter from the stomach, kidneys, spleen, bladder, liver, and colon, aloe can also offer effective relief from more immediate ailments, such as indigestion, upset stomach, ulcers, and inflammation in the gut. (Today I am beyond grateful of this!) If that is not enough it also strengthens the digestive tract and alleviates joint inflammation, making it a great option for arthritis sufferers.

Used orally. Aloe is effective at removing plaque. This is a much better alternative because it is all-natural, unlike, the bright blue chemical soups available in the pharmacy. Once I remove most of the flesh, the sticky goo remaining is my toothpaste.

How To Take Aloe?

Aloe can be consumed straight from the plant.  This is a working plant and you can harvest your own leaves and juice them yourself or add them to smoothies. This offers some relief, as my mature plant (3 + years old has been taking a bit of bashing of late.)  Mayella Almazan channels mother natures magic by cultivating an impressive range of Aloe Vera plants for sale from her home in Hillsborough and you can learn how to use this working plant HERE.

You can of course buy the juice, the health food industry wouldn’t ignore such an opportunity.   But when an organically grown pure plant is available to you not only as medicine but also to visually enjoy and appreciate, the connection is real and the benefits amplified.

Prices range from £12 for a small potted plant to £100 for a mother-of-all beast of a thing.

So what may it be good for

1. Detoxifying

The gel is crammed full of all of the above is one of nature’s most effective cleansers.  It can help strengthen digestion.  Its main property is to be soothing, cooling and moistening which helps to clear inflammatory and irritating heat, such as in menopause, plus inflammatory skin and digestive problems, such as acne, rosacea and IBS.

2. Supports the immune system 

Aloe vera is packed full of immune-boosting polysaccharides which help the immune system to behave properly. Too much inflammation in the body can cause problems within the immune system and can cause conditions like asthma, eczema and Crohn’s disease. This soothing plant can slow the inflammatory response to prevent these conditions.

3. Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar

There is some evidence to suggest aloe vera lowers cholesterol and has a positive effect on blood sugar levels.  Keeping our blood sugars stable is one of the pillars of health and well being.

4. Excellent for digestion

A happy gut is a healthy gut.  Avoiding inflammation and irritation is paramount.  Aloe’s healing and soothing properties can help with the painful symptoms of digestive malaise.

5. Good for burns, acne and hydrating skin

When used topically aloe vera can soothe inflamed skin and enhance collagen and hyaluronic acid to help rejuvenate skin.  It was the childhood band aid of choice and to think this was all I knew it was for!

Hoe we look back to find that we have come a long way.

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'Let food be thy medicine and thy medicine be food' is a hard philosophy to live by when we are so removed from the food we eat.

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