Aloe Vera is used as a decorative plant in many homes, since it doesn’t require too much attention, or special care and it can still enrich your room. Besides being used for decoration, Aloe Vera is an amazing plant which can improve your wellbeing and overall health.
Aloe Barbadensis, or Aloe Vera is a plant with history. This is mostly due to the powerful medicinal properties it has. For instance, it was a valued plant in Ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece and it has been commonly used in Latin America, The Caribbean and South Africa.
In the 18th and 19th century, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Aloe Vera has been frequently prescribed in the USA. Even today, it is one of the most commonly used medicinal plants. It has a wide range of uses such as treatment of mouth issues, fever, asthma, ulcerative colitis and even osteoarthritis.
The use of Aloe is not restricted only to medicinal purposes, but it is also used for beauty care. It can relieve cuts, sunburns, wounds and infections and it is very effective in fighting inflammation and itching, since it has analgesic properties.
Different studies have shown that Aloe Vera it can treat burns better than conventional remedies, since it is able to speed up the healing process and it soothes the pain.
Glycoproteins and polysaccharides are 2 beneficial compounds which are found in Aloe Vera and can boost your immunity. First, the glycoproteins reduce the inflammation and relieve your pain and then the polysaccharides moisturize and repair your skin.
There are other health issues which can be easily treated with Aloe and these include: dental problems, psoriasis, constipation, high cholesterol, genital herpes, inflammatory bowel disease, canker sores, seborrheic dermatitis, upper respiratory tract infections and cancer.
Below, you can see how to prepare the Aloe Vera gel at home:
- Aloe plant
- Fresh lemon juice
- Sharp knife
- Cotton towel
- Sterile glass jar
- Cutting board
- Food processor
- Make sure you wash your hands before starting the procedure
- Pick the best aloe leaf which is 4-6 inches long and cut it properly without harming the other leaves
- Clean your cutting knife
- Wash the aloe leaf, dry it and leave it on a plate, in a 45o angle position, for about 15 minutes, so all the yellow juice can drain. This is really important since the yellow juice can act as a laxative and cause digestive problems.
- Cut the edges of the leaf
- Fillet the leaf and eliminate the green outside shell. Make sure you don’t lose too much of the aloe gel while doing this
- Cut it in cubes and store it in the sterile jar
- To get more gel, try to filet the green peel once again
- To preserve it longer, squeeze some lemon juice and shake the jar, so it distributes evenly
- Optionally, you can put the gel in a food processor and make it smoother
- Store it in a closed jar in your fridge, up to a week.
Rub the gel 3 times a day on your wound, until it heals completely.