Benefits Of "Aloe Vera" Supplements And Products
Medicinal Aloe Vera Plant
Species: A. vera (About 500
Also known as: Cape, Barbados,
curaiao, socotrine, or Zanzibar aloe
Parts used: The jelly like gel found
in the leaves, and the bitter yellow
juice (latex) extracted from
specialized cells of the leaves
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The benefits of aloe vera are contained in the fleshy leaves as a sticky gel and latex. Its various compounds reduce inflammation, swelling and redness of wounds.
Aloe vera uses, among others, include constipation, diverticulitis, gingivitis, and ulcers. Aloe vera is available in gel, juice, latex tablets, fluid extracts, powder, powdered capsules and soft gels.
For constipation aloe vera juice is a potent laxative that helps form soft stools, promotes healing and cleanses the digestive tract, making it useful for colitis. If you have problems with constipation, first increase the fiber in your diet, drink more fluids, and get more exercise. Use laxatives as a last resort.
Aloe vera gel helps to gently cleanse the intestinal tract and helps prevent constipation most useful for diverticulitis.
For gingivitis apply gel directly to the gums before bed, it helps sooth throbbing gums and helps heal inflamed tissue. Using the gel, juice or powdered capsules, it relieves pain and promotes the healing of ulcers.
Several studies have reported that the use of this herb used externally promotes the healing of first and second degree burns, scalds, scrapes, wounds and sunburn. One report claims aloe vera also eases the discomfort of poison ivy rash.
Aloe vera, used in healing for thousands of years, is recommended for fungal infections and skin problems such as; dandruff, psoriasis, eczema, and allergic rashes. It is widely used in skin care products. But if your after beautiful skin use fresh aloe vera gel for skin healing benefits. Apply gel from the leaf to freshly washed skin. Discontinue use if it seems to irritate your skin.
To help sooth a wound, select a lower (older) leaf, cut several inches off, slice it lengthwise, apply the gel and allow it to dry. Make sure you clean the wound properly first with soap and water. It can also be used for relief on pets with dry itchy patches of skin. See “natural remedies for pets”.
As with all herbal nutrition supplements, aloe herbal supplements should only be used in amounts typically recommended for medicinal purposes and you should always consult with a health professional first, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or taking prescription medications.
CHEMICAL & NUTRIENT CONTENT:
Essential fatty acids, protein, calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamins A, B12, E and is naturally rich in vitamin C, amino acids, enzymes and germanium.
GROWING ALOE VERA INDOORS:
This is the perfect houseplant for people with a brown thumb. It requires little water and no care. It prefers sunlight, but tolerates shade and doesn’t mind poor soil conditions. The only conditions it can not tolerate are poor drainage and temperatures below 40 degrees, however, growing herbs indoors is no more difficult than growing them in the garden.
Aloe vera periodically produces off shoots, which may be removed and replanted when they are a few inches tall. Uproot the plant and work the soil gently to remove the off shoot. Return the mother plant to its bed or pot.
Other herbs with vulnerary actions include cascara sagrada, comfrey, gotu kola, horsetail, mullein, psyllium, rhubarb, rosemary, and thyme.
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