Aloes originate from Sudan and North Africa and belong to the family of botanical order Liliales, which contain agaves, lilies and irises.
Cleopatra would apply the gel of the center of Aloe to her skin as part of her beauty treatment. The Greeks used it to cure baldness. The Native American called it the "Wand of the Heavens" which must be because of the magical healing properties Aloe Vera plant has.
I think that Aloe Vera is one of those amazing herbs that should be in every home window and garden. The health benefits of aloe vera are so vast and many it is fascinating, also have I mentioned that it very easy to grow.
Aloe vera if taken orally will soothe the digestive tract of inflammation, strengthen the immune system, delay aging, cures many skin problems, and pains such as colics, ulcers, lower back pain and arthritis.
In other studies its been shown to lowers blood sugar levels if taken around meals, and can prevent diabetes by slowing sugar in the blood. In test after test, when Aloe Vera is added to the blood samples with high fat and cholesterol, in every test, the Aloe Vera showed a dramatic reduction in both LDL cholesterol and Triglycerides in less than 48 hours. Aloe vera can prevent oxidative stress, cancerous growths, aswell as healing side effects of radiotherapy, tumors, and now researcher are interested in its properties for healing Aids.
In Ayurveda its used for the cooling, astringent properties and hence it is used for pitta type imbalances such as skin rash, piles, irritable bowel syndromes and will ease herpes (externally used). Aloe vera used externally can heal sunburn, burns, and inflammation, Aloe vera is very moisturizing and softens skin. It is antifungal, anti viral natural antiseptic and lotions can also be applied to affected skin.
Pregnant and lactating women should avoid inges aloe vera as it has a laxative effect of the digestive system of mother and will go into the blood of the baby. Those who have Crohn's disease, IBS, or intestinal obstruction should avoid the use of aloe vera as a laxative. Those who have certain cardiac medications, such as antiarrhythmics (digitalis) should avoid latex products made of aloe vera as it possibly will interact. Over use of laxative from aloe vera could have harmful effects on both the kidneys and gastrointestinal tract.
40 Ways To Enjoy Aloe Vera
1. Pamper yourself to a soothing body rub. Slice aloe leaves lengthwise and use the inner sides as a biodegradable body scrub in the shower.
2. Treat burns from minor mishaps in the kitchen—from grease splatters or hot utensils.
3. For more major kitchen mishaps like a scald, mix some aloe gel and vitamin E oil into a little jar for a homemade burn healer.
4. Banish black and blue bruises by application.
5. Soothe and heal sunburns the feel-good way. Aloe contains cooling properties similar to menthol.
6. Take the sting or itch out of insect bites.
7. Reduce tissue damage from frostbite.
8. Alleviate mysterious rashes by applying locally on the skin.
9. Make your feet super soft with an exfoliating foot mask by mixing together a half cup of oatmeal, a half cup of corn meal, four tbsp. of aloe vera gel and a half cup of unscented body lotion.
10. Helps calm and heal herpes outbreaks.
11. Soothes Athlete's Foot.
12. Swab over blisters for quick relief.
13. Use as an antidote to allergic skin reactions.
14. Replace creams and lotions as a general moisturizer for dry skin. Aloe is fast absorbing!
15. Prevent pesky pimples and treat acne.
16. Soothe Psoriasis.
17. Prevent scarring and stretch marks.
18. Help rid of Rosacea.
19. Shrink warts.
20. Reverse signs of aging skin and wrinkles. Cleopatra did!
21. Help eliminate Eczema.
22. Brighten skin by applying directly on the skin mixed with lemon juice . Aloe can decrease pigmentation and dark spots.
23. Make skin new again with an exfoliating, organic sugar scrub by mixing together two tbsp. of aloe vera, 2 tbsp. of organic brown sugar and 1 tsp. of organic lemon juice.
24. For rougher skin on feet mix together an organic sea salt use two cups, one cup of aloe vera, one cup of organic coconut oil and two tbsp. of local, organic honey.
25. Speed up hair growth by massaging the clear aloe gel into the scalp, letting it sit for 30 minutes, and rinsing off.
26. Reduce hair dandruff by mixing aloe vera juice with coconut milk and wheat germ oil. Massage into scalp and rinse.
27. Replace aloe with conditioner for silkier, smoother hair.
28. Remove eye makeup.
29. Treat minor vaginal irritations.
30. Drink aloe vera juice to relieve gastrointestinal disorders like indigestion.
31. Sip juice to aid in elimination. Many times, it's recommended for its laxative effects.
32. Take a swig to reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome including bloating and discomfort.
33. Take aloe orally to relieve heartburn, arthritis, period pains and rheumatism pain.
34. Boil leaves in a pan of water and breathe in the vapor to alleviate asthma.
35. Drink to lower blood sugar levels—especially for diabetics.
36. Strengthen gums and promote strong, healthy teeth by taking orally or use toothpaste with aloe vera ingredients.
37. Drink to help ease congestion, stomach ulcers, colitis, hemorrhoids, urinary tract infections and prostate problems.
38. Take orally to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides for a healthy heart.
39. Sip to minimize inflammation and infection of the eye and ear.
40. Toast to its general detoxifier and health boosting qualities!