Amazing Health Benefits of This Common Plant
Have you ever suffered the agony of a sunburn and couldn’t get fast relief from over the counter medications? Or how about trying to cure a case of eczema? Crohn’s Disease? Colitis? Gum disease? Canker sores?
If so, you can get relief from these and dozens of other ailments from one of the world’s oldest medicinal plants – aloe vera.
A Popular Medical Treatment for Thousands of Years
That’s right. The humble aloe vera plant has been used for thousands of years as a powerful medicine – and for good reason. It works. The drug companies can try as they may, but they cannot best the natural benefits of aloe.
In 10 B.C. aloe vera was the top choice for treating the battle wounds, bleeding, and burns of Roman and Persian soldiers. In fact, aloe vera was already a popular medicine when the pyramids were being built. Today, just as in ancient times, it is cultivated for its medicinal benefits.
Originally, the plant’s sap was considered the source of its healing powers. But as time went on the gel turned out to be more effective in treating a range of medical problems.
The gel of the aloe vera plant is found inside the leaves. It was first used as a salve for skin damaged by burns and wounds, and later for the treatment of eczema and even cancer. In India people have applied it to inflamed joints and sore eyes for hundreds of years. They also dabbed it on burns and drank it mixed with rosewater to treat gonorrhea and TB.
Aloe Vera’s Impressive Health Benefits
Aloe vera gel is rich in anti-viral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, making it effective at relieving a range of digestive issues.
The juice from the aloe vera plant can be used to fight acid reflux. The juice is made from the large leaves of the mature plant. Leaves that are at least a quarter inch thick make the best juice. When you drink the juice, you get a potent cocktail featuring 12 vitamins, 20 minerals, and 18 amino acids, plus more than 200 plant compounds, including disease fighting enzymes.
Here are some of the medical benefits you can get from the humble aloe vera plant:
- Fast healing of burns and wounds
- Relief from ulcers
- Easing of arthritic pain and inflammation
- Constipation relief
- Relief from colitis, Crohn’s disease, IBS, and other digestive problems
- Reduces problems from acid reflux
- Helps to heal gum disease and canker sores
Be Careful When Taking Aloe Vera Internally
As you can see, aloe vera gel is great in fighting a range of digestive disorders, from acid reflux to ulcers. Just add about an ounce of gel to any kind of smoothie, or mix it with water and drink.
But watch out! Drinking too much of this stuff in its unpurified form can cause diarrhea and cramping. You need to use the purified form. The purification process removes any toxins and makes it safe to consume.
Here’s a tip: when looking for aloe for internal use, make sure the product specifically states that it is intended for that purpose. Many of the aloe products intended for topical use aren’t appropriate for internal use.
Most Common Use of Aloe Vera – Sunburn Relief
Let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than spending a day at the beach or in a boat, and ending up with a sunburn. But if that happens, one of the best treatments is to apply aloe vera gel directly to the burned skin (along with the caffeine and niacinamide recommendations that I’ve told you about previously). Applying aloe gel to sunburns provides both pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory benefits. This is because of its wealth of antioxidants.
The gel is also full of potent glyconutrients that speed up the healing process. In fact, studies have shown that aloe vera can shrink healing times for burns, including sunburns, by about nine days! Subjects of these studies not only report faster healing times, but they also report that application of the herbal medication itself provides a soothing, cooling relief. The relief starts immediately upon the topical application of the aloe vera gel. The combination of these two benefits makes aloe an unbeatable choice for relief of sunburn.
Aloe Vera for Treating Canker Sores
Many of us have had to deal with canker sores, or mouth ulcers, at one time or another. They usually form inside the mouth on the inner cheeks or above or below the lips, lasting around 7 to 10 days.
Studies have shown that applications of aloe vera can speed up the healing of these mouth ulcers. Scientists looked at 180 people who have recurring canker sores. An aloe patch was applied to the afflicted area inside the mouth. The results confirmed that the patch quickly shrunk the size of the ulcer. It was also determined that not only did the aloe vera gel speed up the healing of the canker sores, it also lessened the pain the ulcers generate.
Aloe vera is a natural plant that’s been used for medicinal purposes non-stop for thousands of years. There is nothing on earth people will use that long if it doesn’t work.
It’s clear that aloe vera has unique therapeutic qualities. It especially works wonders when applied to the skin in the case of sunburn and other burns. It’s also great for dealing with canker sores. And there’s lots of evidence that if offers relief for a wide range of other illnesses.
You would be smart to add aloe vera to your medicine cabinet and use it next time you have a sunburn or other ailment that aloe has been shown to help.