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The Mighty Aloe Vera Plant
Features of the Aloe Vera Plant
The Aloe Vera plant, Aloe barbadensis, is an evergreen, perennial succulent with tall, fleshy, green leaves that grow to a length between 12 and 19 inches (30 - 50 cm). It has been cultivated for thousands of years for a variety of uses. As a succulent, one of its features is that the plant stores water in its leaves to retain enough moisture for survival during dry periods, and to make the liquid gel that is used for its healing properties.
The Aloe Vera plant originates from the Arabian peninsula and grows wild in tropical, subtropical and semi-arid climates. Aloe is enjoyed for its beauty as a potted ornamental plant at botanical gardens and in private homes. The liquid in its leaves has been used as a topical ointment for burns, bruises, and other physical ailments.
Aloe Plant Close-Up
Health Benefits of the Aloe Plant
The gelatinous pulpy fluid that is transformed from water into an organic ointment in the leaves of the Aloe Vera plant has been used for thousands of years to heal common human ailments. Here are some of them.
Accelerates Healing from:
- Burns (including sunburns)
- Cuts and other wounds
- Bug bites
- Eczema (moisturizes the skin)
- Wrinkles from aging (moisturizes the skin)
- Canker sores (inside mouth)
Healing Agents in Aloe Vera:
- Antioxidant (polyphenols)
Prevents (in wounds & bites):
- Redness (a sign of infection)
- Itching (which often leads to infections)
Additional Healing Benefits:
- Prevents plaque in gums
- Kills Streptococus mutans (bacteria)
- Kills Candida albicans (yeast)
- Lowers blood sugar levels
- Alleviates Acne
- Alleviates Psoriasis
- Alleviates Constipation (via Aloin and Barbaloin)
Single Aloe Leaf
Aloe Vera's Natural Properties
|Physical Attributes||Growing Habits||Medicinal Properties||Where Aloe is Found|
Leaves grow to 12 - 19 in. (30 - 50 cm)
Accelerates healing of burns & bruises
Tropical, Sub-tropical, Semi-arid climates
Prevents Redness, Itching, Infections
Grows full & tall
Kills bacteria that causes gum diseases
Thrives potted inside
Lowers blood sugar levels
Topical Antibacterial ointments
Cautions about Aloe Vera Use
For Topical Use Only
The gelatinous fluid used for healing is best applied topically, meaning spread over the surface of skin or gums. It is not meant to be ingested or swallowed. If ingested, it may cause nausea, stomach pain or diarrhea.
If the Aloe Vera gel is ingested, it may interact with prescribed medications, so please consult with your doctor or medical professional before using in combination with any prescribed drugs you may be taking.
Aloe Use Demonstration
Aloe & Rest: The Perfect Couple
There's so much that the gelatinous fluid in aloe leaves can do to help humans heal. Rest also accelerates the healing process when we are ill or injured. When the two are combined, they are a match made in heaven, a pretty dymic duo.
One of the best times to apply the fluid from the aloe leaf to a wound or burn is at bedtime. Apply the fluid to the wound, then cover the area that needs to be healed with a bandage to protect it. Then lay down to a nap or to sleep for the night.
Regeneration While You Sleep
Giving ourselves ample rest when we're injured in any way is important to our natural healing process. A human's body chemistry releases so many anti-oxidants and other self-healing compounds that replenish all of our cells, especially those where we need it most, and they regenerate while we rest. When the "juice" of the Aloe Vera plant is added to that process, our wounds and other bodily woes are transformed faster because the healing properties of the plant interact with our own physical healing process. We wake up feeling renewed and ready for a new day!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2020 Karen A Szklany
Karen A Szklany (author) from New England on August 31, 2020:
Olusegun ~ you're very welcome. Thank you for stopping by to read.
OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on August 31, 2020:
Thanks for sharing.
Mary Grace on August 30, 2020:
This is great! How do you use it with shampoo or with lotion?
Karen A Szklany (author) from New England on August 30, 2020:
That's great, Peggy!
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 30, 2020:
I am a big believer in having an aloe vera plant on hand in case of burns, small cuts, itching, etc. It grows nicely outdoors in our climate.