Aloe Vera

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Anybody would love to buy attractive skin products with photos of herbs and fruits on them and it’s simply amazing to learn that such an everyday plant or a fruit can actually rejuvenate, refresh and cure our dull and tired skin without knowing how the magic really works. We find Aloe Vera in almost all the skin products–body & face lotion, hair remover, soap, shampoo, scrub, etc. and we buy them because it looks good. To find out about its genuine properties, here is some interesting information about Aloe Vera according to various sources.

• The outer skin has essentially no value but the inner sap of the Aloe is a thick, mucilaginous gel. It is this gel which is used medicinally and produces at least six natural antiseptics which are able to kill bacteria, mold, viruses and fungi.

• There are 250 species of the plant which is native to Africa, however, only 3 or 4 of them have medicinal properties; the most potent one is Aloe Vera Barbadenis.

• The oral uses of Aloe Vera aids in elimination, relieves heartburn, arthritis and rheumatic pain, lowers blood sugar levels, strengthens gums and promotes strong and healthy teeth, reduces cholesterol and triglycerides for a healthy heart, minimizes inflammation and infection of the eye and ear. The leaf of an Aloe Vera plant is an excellent “first aid” kit, to disinfect minor cuts, small injuries, insect stings and bites.

• Egyptians called the Aloe Vera plant “plant of immortality” 6,000 years ago. Cleopatra applied the moist middle of the spiky plant to her body as part of her beauty regimen.

• Greeks used it to cure everything from baldness to insomnia and the Native Americans called it the “Wand of the Heaven.”

• Aloe Vera is called Single Bible in Jamaica. It’s like the holy grail of all healing plants. In Jamaica, it is believed that majority of all diseases is a result of an imbalanced digestive system.

• Aloe is one of the main ingredients used in the cure for AIDS.

• Aloe Vera can be used to preserve foods.

• It is fed to animals that are involved in sports, such as race horses or fighting dogs, as a tonic.

• Aloe Vera drink can be added to a homemade smoothie or fresh fruit juice as an extra booster for your immune system. In Japan, Aloe Vera is added to yoghurt and beverages.

Sources:

http://herbs-herbal-supplements.knoji.com/interesting-facts-about-aloe-vera/

http://rasta1.hubpages.com/hub/The-Uses-of-Aloe-Vera-in-Jamaica

http://www.aloe-vera-power.com/en/facts_about_aloe_vera.html

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