Aloe Vera is an amazing plant known for its incredible healing abilities. It has been used for millennia, and has been called the plant of immortality in ancient Egypt. The plant contains more than 200 biologically active compounds including vitamins, minerals and polysaccharides.
Here are some of the most important nutrients in the plant:
Aloe vera contains important enzymes like amylase and lipase which can aid in digestion by breaking down fat and sugar molecules. One molecule in particular, Bradykinase, helps to reduce inflammation.
Vitamins and minerals
Aloe Vera is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E, folic acid and choline. It also contains the rare vitamin B12. Besides the vitamins, the plant contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, manganese, potassium, sodium and copper.
Aloe vera contains 20 of the 22 essential amino acids required by the human body. It also contains salicylic acid, which fights inflammation and bacteria.
Other Uses for 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 gut inflammation. It also strengthens the digestive tract and alleviates joint inflammation, making it a great option for arthritis sufferers.
The plant can be consumed or used topically – if you choose to consume it, you can add the gel to your favorite juices and smoothies.
How to use the Aloe Vera gel
First, wash your hands well and clean a cutting board, then put mature, thick and deep green Aloe leaves on it. They should be 4-6 inches long – try picking the ones which are near the bottom of the plant.
Cut the leaves from the plant and put them in a bowl at a 45 degree angle for 45 minutes – this will enable the bitter Aloe juice to drain out. It is a powerful laxative and may cause potassium deficiency.
After 15 minutes, put the leaves on the concave side on the board and cut around the perimeter. This will expose the gel which you can collect with the knife. Do the same on the opposite side of the leaf, then put the gel in a jar, and squeeze some lemon juice over it. Finally, pour all the gel in a food processor, blend it and keep it in a container in the bridge.
For topical use, rub the gel on wounds a couple of times a day until you see results.