Aloe is well know for some of its medicinal properties, mostly related to skin conditions such as skin irritations, herpes and eczema. But the benefits of Aloe Vera are broader that those ones. When it comes to skin conditions, Aloe Vera is also know for healing wart, cuts, sores, boils, and skin infections due to its antibacterial properties. It helps relieve itching from allergies, rashes and poison ivy and can heal herpes.
Aloe Vera can be also used internally, drinking aloe vera juice relieve indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, bloating and flatulence among others. Aloe vera juice also sooth colitis. It stabilizes blood sugar and reduce triglycerides.
It helps activate white blood cells and therefore promotes the growth of healthy cells. Aloe acts to protect the body’s immune system, destroying bacteria and slowing down the aging process.
Aloe vera has anti fugus properties and can help against yeast infection. It can be used topically (gel) as well as internally (juice). It is antimicrobial, it provides pain relief, and provides fatty acids which are anti-inflammatory.
If Aloe Vera can have so many use it is because it is loaded with vitamins, enzymes, minerals… Among the vitamins are vitamins A, B1,B2,B6, B12, C, E, and Niacin (which is vitamin B3). In the minerals, we will find calcium, chromium, copper, selenium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc. They are essential for the proper functioning of various enzyme systems in different metabolic pathways and few are antioxidants. It provides 20 of the 22 human required amino acids and 7 of the 8 essential amino acids. It also contains salicylic acid that possesses anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
I use often aloe vera in my juices. I have a plant in my kitchen and when I feel like it, I just cut one or two leaves, I peel it and add the gel into the juicer. It is rather neutral in taste but my body is grateful for I am doing.