Aloe: Nature’s Medical Kit

Aloe Nature's Medical Kit - Dr.Axe

“There are factors in aloe that help the cells regenerate and heal faster,” said Dr. Lawrence D. Rosen, a pediatrician at the Whole Child Center in Oradell, N.J., who recommends it to his patients. Aloe Vera is an amazing plant with valuable medicinal purposes that aid in healing a variety of ailments. Aloe has been used for thousands of years for skin issues, from soothing burns to healing wounds. The aloe plant produces two properties that are important to healing, gel and latex.

Benefits of Aloe

Healing Burns
Have you ever looked at the ingredients on sunburn soothing gel and creams? Aloe is almost always a listed ingredient. If it didn’t work to sooth sunburns and other types of skin burns it wouldn’t be a listed ingredient in almost every burn cream out on the market. The thing is the natural whole gel from the plant is going to work so much better than those creams you buy from the grocery store.

So for this very fact it would be a good idea to have your own aloe plants growing in pots in your home. A simple way to use the gel for sunburns just snip a small leaf from the plant and slice it open and there’s the gel, apply it to wherever you are blistering and have a sunburn. Not only will aloe help to keep you from peeling and blistering from minor sunburn but it will soothe your skin immensely. Check out this homemade sunburn spray recipe.

Healing Wounds – Digestive Tract and Ulcers
In a study published for “Preventative Medicine” on aloe vera juice and its effect on the human gastrointestinal tract, Dr. Jeffrey Bland wrote that aloe vera juice helps digestion, normalizes acid/alkaline balance, lessens yeast formation, encourages digestive bacteria and regularizes bowel processing.

Aloe Vera is so amazing it has been used to soothe and heal stomach ulcers. Apparently it has antibacterial agents and natural healing properties that can restore the stomach lining back to health. Remember though, if you are taking a medication that contradicts healing and is actually causing the ulcer, as some medications do, while you are trying to repair an ulcer it probably will not work.

In a report by BBC Health one of the causes of stomach ulcers is the taking of anti-inflammatory (NSAID) pain medications, which can irritate the lining of the stomach and produce an ulcer, hole in the gut. If you truly want to heal yourself you must first go to the root of the problem and stop doing whatever it is that may be harming your body. Then you can let nature go to work through rebuilding of cells and tissues and natural remedies such as Aloe Vera juice.

An article by the “Journal of Environmental Science and Health” states that drinking aloe juice works as a cleanser and detoxifier because of its antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties within this amazing plant. This sounds really promising.

However, not all aloe vera juices are good for the body to drink. The University of Maryland Medical Clinic warns to not drink the juice that contains “aloe latex”, which is a yellow bitter fluid that is a powerful laxative. As we all know, too much of a good thing might just be too much. Scientists say that drinking the juice with aloe latex present causes severe stomach cramping and diarrhea. For this reason it is best to purchase aloe vera juice at your local health food store. Apparently, it is difficult to separate the gel from the latex from the plant yourself unless you know what you are doing.

Hair and Scalp Moisturizer
Aloe makes a wonderful nourishing hair and scalp shampoo and conditioner. And because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties it also helps with most causes of dandruff according to the authors of “Aloe Vera the New Millennium”, Bill C. Coats and Robert Ahola. It appears that the gel has enzymes that actually help to rid the scalp of dead cells and promote regeneration of skin tissue around the hair follicles. Aloe also helps to stop itching which is a symptom of dandruff.

What kind of shampoo do you use? Did you know that some shampoos can cause scalp irritation and itching which leads to dandruff. Most store bought shampoos aren’t that great for the skin and scalp. After reading this information it makes you want to try some aloe vera shampoo, doesn’t it? Especially since we now know that the active properties in aloe gel are known to promote new skin growth and decrease pain and inflammation.

This is good news for some people who have a problem with their shampoos or who have scalp irritation and inflammation. Take a look at the shampoo and conditioners you are now using. One or two of the listed ingredients may be causing the inflammation and dandruff. There are a lot of chemicals in most shampoos that actually cause skin irritation and itching. Try this homemade honey citrus shampoo recipe or this natural homemade coconut lavender shampoo recipe.

Growing Aloe Vera
Growing your own Aloe Vera or buying a plant from the nursery would probably be a good idea for using topically on mild burns and wounds. Interestingly enough there are over 250 species of aloe in the world. All Aloe plants may be grown outdoors where there is no chance of freezing. But they also make beautiful houseplants and are quite easy to take care of. Some species even bloom with beautiful flowers.

If you buy a potted plant have it in a window that gets a good amount of sunshine because aloes love the sun. The pot can be moved outdoors during the summer months. Aloe is very succulent and therefore stores a lot of water within its leaves, but it will need watered at least two or three times a month. In the winter aloe becomes dormant somewhat and during this time you should water the plant very little. That’s all there is to it, except to enjoy your new aloe houseplant.

Sources: nytimes.com, livestrong.com

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