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Do you have this number 1 item in your first aid kit?

Added May 17, 2010, Under: Diseases, Environment, Health, Skin Conditions

Deutsch: Echte Aloe (Aloe vera)

Aloe Vera is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal all rolled into one, making it a miraculous healing machine. Aloe Vera can replace dozens of commercial first aid products so that bandages, antibacterial sprays and many others are rendered obsolete.

Traditionally, aloe was used topically to heal wounds and for various skin conditions, and orally as a laxative. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Aloe Vera as a natural food flavoring. But now many are beginning to realize the medicinal potential of Aloe Vera both for external and internal use.

Apart from the plant’s many uses in first aid, here are some of the many other benefits:

• Stops the growth of cancer tumors

• Lowers high cholesterol

• Boosts the oxygenation of your blood

• Eases inflammation and then soothes arthritis pain

• Prevents kidney stones and protects kidneys from disease

• Protects the body from oxalates in coffee and tea

• Cures ulcers, IBS, Crohn’s disease as well as other digestive disorders such as constipation, heartburn and colitis, heals intestines and lubricates the digestive tract

• Combats asthma

• Treats skin conditions such as sunburn, eczema, psoriasis, acne and dermatitis

• Helps to stimulate a poor appetite

• Helps to heal burns including those from radiation

• Prevents and treats outbreaks of Candida

• Stabilizes blood sugar levels and reduces triglycerides in diabetics

• Makes a perfect sports drink for electrolyte balance

• Accelerates recovery from injury or physical exertion

• Speeds up skin repair while hydrating the skin

• Alkalizes the body so as to balance acidic dietary habits

• Reduces high blood pressure naturally by treating the causes as well as the symptoms

• Nourishes the body with minerals, vitamins, enzymes and glyconutrients

• Aids in cardiovascular performance and physical endurance

• Stops colon cancer

• Boosts the immune system naturally

• Eradicates parasites

• Acts as a natural food preservative

• And extends lifespan

I am sure you will agree that that is an impressive list!

Different parts of the plant are used:

Aloe Vera gel – which is the naturally occurring and undiluted gel obtained by stripping away the outer layer of the leaf. This clear gel is often used as a topical ointment.

Aloe Vera concentrate or extract – which is the product obtained when water is removed from the gel.

Aloe Vera juice – which is a drink comprising at least 50% of the pulped aloe gel.

Aloe Vera latex – which is a bitter yellow liquid derived from the pericyclic tubules of the rind of the aloe mostly made up of aloin.

Aloe Vera has a long history of use. If we go back six thousand years, the plant was depicted on stone carvings in early Egypt and known as the “plant of immortality.”  Aloe was presented as a burial gift to deceased pharaohs.

You can grow a small Aloe Vera plant on your kitchen window sill easily or even better in your garden. Just remember the following gardening tips:

• Give them a sandy, well drained soil. Allow the soil to 1 inch deep around your Aloe Vera plant to dry completely before the next watering. It is easy to tell when the plant has had too much water as it becomes dull in color with soft leaves. Allow the plant to dry out and then water lightly.

• Aloe Vera plants are propagated by the “pups” (small Aloe Vera plant shoots that grow near the base of the mother plant). Before separating allow the aloe pups to grow 3 to 4 inches so that they will develop enough of their own roots system for healthy, strong growth.

• Because of the high water content of Aloe Vera plant leaves, they are very sensitive to frost. When grown outside, plant in full or partial sun. In areas with cold winters, your Aloe Vera can be kept as a houseplant or in a pot outside that is brought inside during the cold months.

• The plants will go semi-dormant in winter and need even less water. In colder areas the leaves may also darken and change their color shade.

Aloe vera plants are grown naturally in Africa and the Mediterranean, so they are used to a warm growing climate. Your plants should reward you with a ready made supply of this wonderful and natural health herbal treatment.

Add a slice of Aloe Vera leaf to your blender every day when making a smoothie for optimum health benefits.

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