Aloe is an amazing plant. It is easy to grow, easy to store and easy to maintain. Gel, juice and supplements are available just about anywhere that you can buy medicinal products or natural products. For centuries the eastern world has been using the gel from aloe plants to treat just about every condition under the sun. The western world started catching on to its usefulness in the early twentieth century. Since then, its acceptance and use has spread like wildfire. Now it seems like everybody knows of at least a couple of things that they can treat by using aloe.
For Rheumatoid Arthritis
Taking aloe in supplement is said to help ease the pain of rheumatoid arthritis. Some people who take aloe gel analgesics report that they see a weakening of their symptoms and an improvement in their overall quality of life. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that can greatly reduce a person’s quality of life because it affects how they do every day tasks that most of us take for granted. People who suffer from this condition have constantly painful and stiff joints. Vera supplements are said to help ease their joints, loosen them up and reduce the swelling that this disease creates. In addition to being able to move more easily, those who take these herbal remedies report feeling better in other areas of their life as well.
For Skin Conditions
Everybody knows that aloe can be used for sunburns. It can also be used on wounds and acne. But you might not know that other types of skin conditions are reported by some people as remedied by taking vera gel each morning. Aloe is said to increase the skin’s collagen production which can make it softer, more elastic and more resilient against agents that might otherwise harm it. Some people suffering from chronic skin conditions report seeing a drastic reduction in their symptoms and flare ups after taking aloe supplements.
In addition to helping with sunburns, the gel is said to be good for skin conditions like acne. Acne can be treated in many different ways: diet, exercise and through a skin care regimen. Cleansers and moisturizers and toners are all great for keeping the skin clear and pimple free but when breakouts do occur, the gel is said to be a wonderful herbal helper. The topical application of aloe vera has been known to soothe skin and to help it heal, which makes it perfect for the occasional breakout. Some people believe that aloe can even help to give you softer skin.
For Wounded Skin
Aloe vera contains a bunch of amino acid that can be used to help heal skin when it is wounded. This is one of the reasons why so many natural healers recommend using it when you get a burn or a scrape or a cut. A salve is made from the crushed leaves of the plant and applied topically. It can also be made by mixing the gel with a thickening agent and spread over the top of a skin injury. The juice helps keep the wound from getting irritated and promotes faster healing. This is reported by some aloe enthusiasts as one of the best ways to treat cuts and scrapes that happen during outdoorsy adventures.
For Hair Loss
Some people have insisted that taking aloe gel can help them grow hair! Forget the commercials for the spray on hair. Forget buying toupees. Try taking aloe supplements instead. Hair contains a lot of collagen and the aloe gel is said to increase the collagen production in the skin, which promotes hair growth. Who knew that preventing baldness and keeping your hair thick and healthy could be as easy as taking a simple herbal supplement each day? It is at least what some people say – didn’t have the opportunity to try this out myself… yet!
Some people use aloe supplements for digestion trouble. Some who have suffered from heartburn and stomach problems say that taking aloe regularly helps them cut down on these problems and helps them eat regularly. Heartburn is more than a simple inconvenience. For many people, heartburn is a terrible, recurring condition. Vera is said to help keeping heartburn under control so that a person does not have to be quite as careful about when or what he eats. Of course always consult a doctor before following advices you read on the internet. It is said that the gel can help restore dietary freedom to people who suffer from sensitive stomachs as well.
FOR Your Digestive Tract
Do you suffer from problems with your bowels? In addition to general digestion aid, the gel found in the aloe plant could potentially help keep your bowels moving and many people claim that it is a powerful treatment for constipation. Constipation is a very unpleasant and, often, painful condition in which your body is not able to rid itself of waste via bowel movements. The waste stays in the body and over time can cause a variety of health issues. Drinking just a couple of ounces of gel each day is said to help you keep from getting “stopped up”.
There are lots of other natural products that can help with this as well. Fiber is an especially well known natural remedy for people who have problems with their bowels. The active cultures in yogurt can also aid your digestion. It is said that gel from the aloe plant can help every part of your digestive system from your esophagus to your bowels. If regularity has ever been a problem for you, some of this stuff could help fix you right up!
If you have ever suffered from bronchitis or had to deal with a recurring cough, you will be happy to know that the gel is said to help fight your cough as well. All of the anti-oxidants in aloe are said to help increase your blood flow and cell production. These things are said to help strengthen your lungs so that you can potentially fight against the bacteria that threaten to invade your bronchioles and increase your mucous production (the condition that exacerbates your cough and keeps it going).
Do you suffer from headaches? The gel is said to help for this too! One of the main reasons that people suffer from headaches is dehydration. Aloe application is said to moisturize the skin as well as increase the body’s blood flow and capillary dilation. If this is true, then these things help increase the amount of oxygen and moisture the brain receives, which can go a long way to helping with your headaches — not to mention the hydration you get from drinking the juice itself!
For Oral Hygiene
Some people affirm that your oral hygiene could be greatly stepped up by using aloe gel. Keeping your teeth, gums and tongue healthy is very important to your overall health. You already brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss and use mouthwash. You know how important it is for your mouth to get fluoride to fight against plaque and cavities. Why not take some aloe supplements or drink some gel as well? Your mouth could thank you for the added boost in its protection.
For Your Circulatory System
Drinking just a couple of ounces of gel every day is said to help improve your circulatory system. It is said to help keep bacteria out of your blood stream as well as keep your capillaries dilated, which in turns helps to ensure that your blood is able to flow quickly and easily throughout your body. I personally have not seen any serious study or scientific evidence about this but this is what some aloe enthusiasts report on the internet. It is said that it could also promote cell growth which is good for all parts of your body. You know how important it is to keep your circulatory system in working order. After all, the blood pumping through your body is vital! You’ve heard about keeping clogging agents (like cholesterol) out of your arteries, but how often are you told to keep your capillaries dilated? Both are essential to staying alive.
For Cleaning Your Body
Aloe Vera is said to help detoxify your body. In addition to adding helpful components to your system, its gel is said to help your body expel the toxins and other substances that work to break it down. So many people think that the only way to detoxify your system is to do one of those master cleanses that has become so popular or to make themselves sweat profusely. Drinking the gel of the aloe plant – just a couple of ounces each morning – is said to help do the same thing. No need to sweat profusely or forego food for a few days.
For Your General Health
Your general health could potentially benefit quite a bit from the ingesting of aloe vera, as reported by many people all over the world. This plant is said to boost your immune system and help you stay healthy. Having a healthy immune system is important for fighting off bacteria and other germs that want to invade your body and turn it into a temple of phlegm. You probably already know that vitamin C helps keep you healthy but it is also said that taking supplements of the aloe plant could do the same or even more. Drinking the juice of the plant or taking a supplemental pill is reported by some people as a great way to boost your health and help fighting off illness and disease.
There are so many reported benefits to drinking aloe’s gel that it is hard to pick just a few to feature in an article. Aloe vera is said to help you feel better, clear your skin, heal your wounds and pretty much do anything you could ever want it to do. It’s filled with anti-oxidants, nutrients and vitamins that the body needs to keep growing and stay strong. When it comes to herbal remedies, it seems that aloe vera is simply one of the best.