As a mom I have come to appreciate the healing benefits of Aloe Vera Gel. So much so, I also grow Aloe Vera in my garden - from the pulp I make homemade soap. Aloe Gel is a natural substance that is extracted from the leaves of the from the Aloe Vera plant also known as "lily of the desert", the "plant of immortality", and the "medicine plant". It has been used for centuries for a variety of purposes and is believed to have many benefits.
So why would Aloe Vera be part of a detox plan? WEll, if you're looking to remove as many synthetic substances from your lifestyle, aloe vera gel is an awsome replacement for loads of skin things.
I love proven natural remedies and Aloe Vera is described as a miracle plant when it comes to healing and health benefits. Ancient Egyptians used the soothing gel from inside the leaves of aloe plants to treat burns minor wounds and skin disorders.
The Aloe is made up of 95% - 99% water and contains over 75 different constituents including vitamins, enzymes, minerals, sugars, anthraquinones, lignans, saponins, plant sterols, salicylic acid and amino acids.
This unique combination of substances give Aloe Vera its distinctive properties. Plants are much more complex than just the sum of their parts which is why scientists have great difficulty figuring out how they work.
It's amazing to see an Aloe succulent leaf heal itself when cut. It almost immediately seals itself by secreting a rubber-like protective coating preventing further loss of sap. Healing of the wound then follows. I suspect this is why the Aloe is regarded so highly by Folk Medicine for its healing properties.
The benefits of Aloe Vera Gel are numerous especially for the skin because its a great natural skin medicine and enhances skin health
Aloe vera gel has to be antibacterial. If it was not then any slight injury to the aloe plant would result in infection, especially with the moist, nutrient-rich gel it contains.
The aloe vera plant can easily be grown at home - it is virtually maintenance free. You can then break off a part of the leaf and use the fresh gel to apply on any burn or other wound.
When the aloe vera leaf is broken, it oozes a thick sap that drips from the open end. This bitter sap is used to accelerate wound healing and reduce inflammation.
Topically, Aloe Gel can be applied repeatedly, especially in the case of burns. Rub it on the affected area and let it dry then reapply as needed. Fresh gel from a live leaf is the most potent and economical.
Because of its moisturizing and healing benefits to the skin, Aloe is one of the most widely-used ingredients in high-grade skin care products. It has a lovely sensation when applied and gives the skin a healthy glow. This is why you will find Aloe Vera included in many of the best natural moisturizers, cosmetic and hair products.
Aloe gel has shown potential in treating the inflammatory skin condition psoraisis . In a study, 60 people with long-term psoriasis found that applying aloe to the skin lesions three times a day for 8 months lead to significant improvemnt in 83% of the patients incomparision to the 6% improvemnt to those who took a placebo. This would be no suprise to ancient medicine as the Chinese have long used aloe vera gel for treating eczematous skin conditions.
Grow some aloe vera all year long, even if you have to move it into your house or apartment during the winter months. Why? Because aloe vera is the miracle cure for burns.
If you (or a family member) suffer any kind of burn, immediately coat the burned area with aloe vera gel squeezed out a fresh leaf. Then seek medical attention. Even if you've suffered a third-degree burn, aloe vera can greatly reduce the severity of the burn damage as well as the risk of infections during burn recovery (if used regularly during recovery).
I love it when nature clearly has the upper hand over the frailty of our human science. Bee propolis is one such substance for skin soothing properties.