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The Ancient & Wondrous Medicine of the Aloe Vera Plant

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The Mighty Aloe Vera Plant

The mighty aloe vera plant is a succulant with fleshy leaves that contain a pulp with many health benefits for humans.

The mighty aloe vera plant is a succulant with fleshy leaves that contain a pulp with many health benefits for humans.

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

Look closer at the aloe vera plant to see its intriguing leaf patterns.

Look closer at the aloe vera plant to see its intriguing leaf patterns.

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)
  • Antibacterial

Prevents (in wounds & bites):

  • Redness (a sign of infection)
  • Itching (which often leads to infections)
  • 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 leaves are best pinched at their base to remove them from the plant.  They are then pierced and squeezed gently to release the gel-like liquid that's used for its healing properties.

Aloe leaves are best pinched at their base to remove them from the plant. They are then pierced and squeezed gently to release the gel-like liquid that's used for its healing properties.

Aloe Vera's Natural Properties

Summary of the natural properties of the Aloe Vera plant outlined in the text.

Physical AttributesGrowing HabitsMedicinal PropertiesWhere Aloe is Found

Evergreen

Leaves grow to 12 - 19 in. (30 - 50 cm)

Accelerates healing of burns & bruises

Lotions

Perennial

Tropical, Sub-tropical, Semi-arid climates

Prevents Redness, Itching, Infections

Shampoos

Succulent

Grows full & tall

Kills bacteria that causes gum diseases

Soaps

Fleshy leaves

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.

Medicinal Interaction

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

Comments

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.