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The Healing Powers of Aloe Vera
Aloe vera may be famous for its sunburn healing powers, but this natural super-food has healing properties that extend far beyond the beach.
Dubbed the "plant of immortality" or "wand of heaven", the aloe vera plant has been used for centuries to boost immune systems, relieve joint pain, aid in digestion, and help fight viruses.
So what makes this plant so special? Aloe vera is rich in calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, chromium, magnesium, copper, zinc, manganese, as well as Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E, Folic Acid and Niacin. In fact, of the almost 200 constituents that make up aloe vera, 75 have distinct healing properties.
Healing Powers of Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is made of almost 200 constituents which include polysaccharides, enzymes, glycoproteins, amino acids, and an abundance of vitamins and minerals. For centuries, aloe has been used primarily for its healing and regenerative properties, however recent studies have suggested that aloe - when undiluted - has more uses than research has ever suggested.
The key to aloe's ability to boost your body's immunity, fight viruses, and boost energy production throughout the body is Acemannan (aloe beta-glucomannans, acetylated polymannans and mucopolysaccharides).
The Aloe Vera Breakdown
Aloe vera has 75 healing compounds in its structure, making it one of nature's true super foods & natural remedies.
The compounds in aloe vera help boost the body's immune system by making cells more resistant to viruses and pathogenic bacteria and by increasing cellular metabolism.
Aloe vera helps to reduce pain & inflammation including aiding muscle cramps or soreness, sprains or muscle strain, swelling or bruising, Tendonitis, and Bursitis.
Aloe vera also helps relieve joint pain by lubricating joints
Helps aid the healing of wounds
Helps with digestion by aiding in the absorption of water, minerals and nutrients in the GI tract
Improves vascular flow.
Helps to fight and aid in the healing of kidney disorders, diabetes, indigestion, heartburn, ulcers, hemorrhoids, and colitis.
Aloe vera has six antiseptic constituents that help kill bacteria in the mouth make it a great natural mouthwash. These include cinnamic acid, phenol, lupeol, salicylic acid, urea nitrogen, and sulfur.
When used topically, aloe vera can help reduce the the appearance of scars.
Can help to fight fungal infections like ringworm, athlete's foot or vaginal yeast infections
Reduce allergic reactions and inflammation or swelling caused by the reactions.
Aloe Vera for Your Sore Throat
Pain or inflammation of your throat are often a symptom of a virus or allergic reaction, which is why aloe vera's anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties make it a natural super food for not only combatting these symptoms, but also preventing them.
A daily dose of aloe vera can help to ward off certain viruses, bacteria. or allergic reactions by boosting the immune system.
Aloe vera, when consumed in a liquid or gel form, can help lower acidity levels in the stomach that can be damaging to your throat and digestive system and also soothe sore throats with its anti-inflammatory properties.
When purchasing an aloe vera product be sure to buy a product that contains 95% whole leave aloe vera. Anything less than 80% will not be an effective amount of aloe vera and will include more sweeteners and added ingredients that will dilute aloe's healing properties (AloePlant.info).
Here is a great recipe from AloePlant.Info for a homemade aloe vera mouthwash or gargle:
1/4 cup witch hazel extract
1/4 cup aloe vera gel
1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
1 tablespoon lemon juice or organic apple cider vinegar
10 drops tea tree oil
Combine all ingredients and shake well. Keep the mouthwash in a sealed container. This rinse will keep up to four months and does not need to be refrigerated. Check out the article on halitosis for more recipes. There are countless benefits to adding aloe vera as a regular part of any health and wellness regimen. It is a natural and versatile plant with no side effects. When consumed on a regular basis, it greatly increases overall energy and health while detoxifying the body of harmful substances.
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Tue, Jan 27, 2015 @ 1:44 PM MST
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