Before knowing what the miracles of aloe vera are, we discover a little more about its history and origin. It is considered a millenary plant since there are data from it for centuries. It is native to the north and east of Africa, its name “aloe vera” means “bitter” in Arabic. It is also known as aloe or aloe vera. The first data obtained from it come from the ancient Egyptians. More than 5000 years ago, they made pictorial representations of this plant, on some tombs and monuments. Even papyri were found.
In that ancient civilization, priests and alchemists were those who possessed the knowledge to use aloe vera. They used it in various cosmetic, spiritual and medicinal treatments:
-Cleopatra used it as a moisturizer.
-It was one of the main ingredients used when embalming pharaohs.
-It was hung in the houses as a protection amulet.
-It was given to the bride and groom to help fertility.
-He was delivered in every new trade or home as a symbol of good fortune.
-They applied it on injuries and burns to facilitate healing.
-They used their extract as a treatment for digestive problems (indigestion, diarrhea, vomiting, etc.)
Later, the Arabs enter the plant to Europe and help expand it. The miracles of aloe vera begin to be known on a large scale. There the market of this product began. The gel was extracted through presses. Then it was sealed in goatskin bags and dried in the sun.
The miracles of aloe vera are due to its multiple properties
If you know aloe, you will know that the leaves have two main parts. On the one hand, there is the green bark that covers the entire leaf and on the other, the gel. However, there are other important parts that have great benefits. One of them is called “Ácíbar de aloe”. It is a yellowish liquid present at the base. Its taste is really unpleasant, a bitter. Some people know how to prepare very powerful medicines with it. It has a very high percentage of anthraquinones (organic compounds) that stimulate and promote gastrointestinal health.
The part commonly used is aloe gel. It is composed of enzymes, minerals and many beneficial polysaccharides for our body. Aloe provides:
-acids: glutamine, linoleic, myristic, oleic, formic, aspartic and palmitic.
-minerals: calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, iron, aluminum and manganese.
-vitamins: A, E, C, folic acid, niacin, thiamin, and riboflavin
-an amino acid called arginine
-carbohydrates: fructose, glucose, acetylated mannose, arabinose, and galactose.
What can we use aloe vera for?
To combat heartburn
The miracles of aloe vera in terms of gastric problems are indisputable. It has great anti-ulcer properties thanks to polysaccharides. This coat the gastric mucosa avoiding damage to the stomach walls, for example. This benefit also favors other problems such as heartburn, hiatal hernia, reflux, gastritis, and inflammation.
Its effect has even been proven to prevent the development of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori. This microorganism is the cause of chronic gastritis, reaching the formation of ulcers.
To carry out this treatment, you must dilute a spoonful of aloe gel in a glass of water and drink, before any symptoms.
To treat intestinal problems
This plant reduces the irritation characteristic of intestinal diseases and with it, pain. It is also a natural anti-inflammatory so it fights cramps and discomforts in general. According to research, depending on the severity, you should consume between 75 ml and 150 ml of aloe gel daily to treat these conditions:
-inflammatory bowel disease
The dose must be divided into three doses. Faced with an outbreak of illness or an untimely advance, aloe vera loses its effect. In such a case, the patient needs a specific treatment.
To strengthen the immune system
Being a food rich in acetylated mannose has a direct action on the immune system. Consuming aloe promotes the development of defenses and strengthens them.
To prevent and fight cancer
Some of the miracles of aloe vera are due to its potential to prevent and fight cancer. Antioxidants such as vitamin E, beta-sitosterol, beta-carotene, vitamin C, zinc, among others, have anticancer properties. It acts, in particular, against cancer of the breast, stomach, prostate, and lung.
To properly care for the skin
Aloe vera is an excellent plant for the skin. It is antiseptic, bactericidal, anti-inflammatory, humectant and cell regenerator. Therefore, apply it on your skin:
-if you need to heal a small cut or injury.
-if you need to heal a minor wound or improve the appearance of a scar. To place a piece of aloe gel on a wound is to place a barrier very similar to the skin. Therefore, bleeding stops and rapid healing is promoted (only minor injuries). In turn, it disinfects and prevents germs or bacteria from infecting the wound.
-to stop the symptoms of insect bites. A piece of aloe gel can improve rashes, burning, itching, pain, inflammation and refresh the area.
-before any type of burn for a quick recovery, heal properly and relieve pain.
-if you suffer from psoriasis
-if you suffer from herpes.
-to cure sites
-if you need to relieve the symptoms of angina. To do this, you must gargle with a piece of aloe diluted in water.
-to relieve the symptoms of hemorrhoids and fight them, through regular treatment.
-It is an astringent that cleanses the skin and leaves it renewed.
to moisturize the skin after waxing.
-if you want an effective treatment for acne.