Medicinal Aloe Vera – What You Need To Know About The Health Benefits Of Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a trendy succulent plant thanks to its various medicinal virtues. Thanks to its natural properties, it is used in beauty and health creams and as an excellent natural healing agent. Growing an Aloe Vera plant at home can not only be beneficial botanically and aesthetically, but it can also help in the area of ​​health. In other words, this plant can be an excellent addition to our first aid kit.

To take advantage of its medicinal properties, we must apply the crystalline and gelatinous interior of the fleshy leaves directly to the wounds to be treated. It can be used on cuts, burns, irritations, and more. Another benefit of this plant is that it can relax the skin after it suffers from too long exposure to sunlight. On the other hand, this plant is useful for medicine, but its sculptural appearance, together with its large leaves, gives a unique decoration touch to the interior spaces where we decide to grow this plant.

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Aloe Vera Care

It is advisable to have a few aloe plants so that you can harvest from them on rotation. Such a scenario would allow the plants you harvest time to recover before you harvest from them again. Recovery may take three to four weeks. You should calculate the number of Aloe Vera plants you need depending on how much you need to use and how often you need to use it.

If we want to grow Aloe Vera at home, we must bear in mind that it is a plant with some specific requirements to grow healthily and robustly without losing any of its medicinal properties. One of the main things we must consider is that Aloe does not withstand cold temperatures, so one way to grow it properly if we live in a humid and cold area is to alternate its cultivation between outdoors and indoors. During spring, summer, and early autumn, we can cultivate it with a sunny exposure on the terrace or balcony, and, the rest of the year, we will grow it indoors, sheltered from the cold and rain, yes, making sure to place it in a sunny place.

Aloe Vera must grow with adequate solar exposure and plant in the sunniest place possible. If our house does not have high natural lighting, we must consider keeping it on a balcony or window receive enough light. If not receiving enough light, it will begin to develop thin leaves that will cause the plant’s leaves to start to arch and lose their consistency.

When it comes to watering our Aloe Vera, we cannot forget that it is a crass succulent plant; it accumulates water inside its leaves. Thanks to this, it requires being in dry and well-drained soil. Arid soil will reduce the frequency of their waterings. If we exceed the frequency or quantity of the risks, we will begin to notice rottenness on the leaves and stems of our plant, and if we do not correct this in time, our Aloe Vera may die.

We can ensure extra growth with vigorous and frequent leaves to fertilize our Aloe Vera during the spring and summer seasons. It is advisable to use natural compost.

Are There Different Types Of Aloe Vera?

The answer is no. “Aloe Vera” is the name given to a single species, so in other words, “Aloe Vera” is the name of the specific species. The only thing that can differentiate from one specimen to another are the small white dots, or that some specimens do not have a stem while others do have a short one. However, there are many types of Aloe. Aloe is the name of the genus to which our protagonist belongs, and it includes about 500 species or varieties. But all of them have leaves and flowers with the same shape, and although they grow in different parts of the world, they usually do so in the same conditions of sun and heat. Apart from the scientific name, the only thing that changes is the color and size, and the uses since the vast majority of aloes are not medicinal.

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How to use the Aloe Vera plant?

Harvesting

The following are the steps you take when harvesting your plant.

  1. Choose the leaves on the outermost part of the plant and select the thickest of leaves because they are likely to have more sap. The leaves should be healthy and free of molds as this would ensure the fluid you get from it is uncontaminated.
  2. Use a sharp, clean cutting tool to cut the leaves you have chosen at the base. The most beneficial part of the plant is at the bottom.
  3. Wash the leaves and allow them to be callous for a few days
  4. Remove the prickly parts of the leaf using a knife to keep yourself safe for the next step.
  5. Separate the outer skin of the leaf with the interior section. The gel is what you are seeking to obtain.
  6. You will notice a yellow sap dripping when you separate the gel from the outer part of the leaf. This is latex, and it is not what you are looking for. You can dispose of or keep it if you want to use it.
  7. Cut the translucent part you have now exposed into cubes. This is the aloe gel that you will use.

You can make the gels easier to apply by blending them, putting them through a sieve, and saving the gel in a jar.  

To use the Aloe Vera gel, we must open the leaf in half; at that time; we can use the gel directly on the affected area or scrape it with a blunt-tipped knife. It is best to apply now to burns (including sunburns), dry skin, wounds, fungal infections, diaper rashes, herpes, ringworm, insect bites, allergic rashes, eczema, or any skin itch. However, we can scrape it off and store it in a clean, refrigerated container for use whenever necessary.

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Properties & Advantages of Aloe Vera

#1. Improve skin elasticity and helps prevent wrinkles

According to a study, Aloe Vera gel can delay skin aging. It showed that topical application of the gel increased collagen production and improved skin elasticity.

#2. Pure juice reduces dental plaque

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Aloe Vera juice is as effective as mouthwashes. This 100% pure juice is as effective as chlorhexidine, an ingredient in mouthwashes, reducing dental plaque.

#3. Accelerates the healing of burns

As mentioned before, Aloe Vera is often used as a topical treatment for various skin conditions. The gel from this plant can be used for first and second-degree burns and sunburns. Aloe Vera can reduce the healing time of burns compared to conventional medications.

#4. Antioxidant and Antibacterial properties

The gel of this plant contains antioxidants belonging to the family of polyphenols. These polyphenols and other compounds can help prevent certain bacteria’s growth that causes infections in humans.

#5. Treat Mouth Ulcers

Aloe Vera can accelerate the healing of mouth ulcers. It can also help reduce the pain associated with these ulcers. However, despite helping with treatment and pain, Aloe was no better than conventional ulcer medications.

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Helps Treat Constipation

In this case, the gel is not used, but the latex. Latex is a sticky yellow residue found under the skin of the Aloe Vera leaf. It is composed mainly of a compound called aloin, or barbaloin, which has well-defined laxative effects.

Reduce Blood Sugar level

Aloe Vera is a remedy for diabetes on some occasions. It can improve insulin sensitivity and helps improve blood glucose control. However, long-term consumption of aloe vera supplements can cause liver problems. When trying this method, one should be careful.

Aloe Vera Side Effects

 Aloe Vera is used externally to take care of minor disease issues. You shouldn’t use Aloe on open wounds occasioned by burns or cuts. This product is generally easy on the skin, and few people react negatively. People allergic to onions, tulips, and garlic are likely to be allergic to Aloe Vera. It is also recommended that you avoid using Aloe Vera two weeks before surgery. There are instances where people can use Aloe Vera orally, but pregnant women and children under twelve should avoid using it orally.

Conclusion

The positive effects of Aloe Vera are well known as this plant is used traditionally in many societies. It is also relatively easy to grow at home, and you can grow it at home for your personal use. It is best used for external use, and you should use it as soon as possible after harvesting. If, however, you need to store it for some time, keep it refrigerated.

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