What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe Vera, termed as the miracle plant, is a succulent plant that either has a short stem or none at all. For centuries, people have been using the gel-like substance from the Aloe Vera plant to treat illnesses and skin conditions. Aloe Vera is a part of the Xanthorrhoeaceae family and has characteristically thick and fleshy leaves. The plant produces drooping, yellow flowers in the summer that grown on a spike up to 2 feet tall. The plant is also known by the name ‘Single Bible’ or ‘Sinkle Bible’ here in Jamaica. Aloe Vera is also very popular here as an ornamental plant and its succulent propertymakes it able to survive in areas where rainfall amounts are limited. The plant is however best utilized on the island for its highly rated medicinalproperties, which will be highlighted below.
How to use Aloe Vera?
Aloe Vera is commonly used to soften and treat skin conditions. To do this, simply break a leaf then apply the gel stored in the leaf to the face or area of skin which you are treating. A small incision may also be made on the leaf and then place it on a sore or area of skin that has beenmildly burnt. The leaf can then be bandaged down and allowed to stay on the affected area for a prolonged period of time. One can also drink the inner gel or mix it with other herbs such as honey, cinnamon and Irish moss to create herbal tonic. This tonic is used to, but not limited to treating colds, bronchitis, rheumatism, asthma and impotency.
Health Benefits of Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is useful for the treatment of a host of ailments due to the fact that it contains many active compounds such as mineral, amino acids, enzymes and vitamins. The gel-like substance found in the leaves is used as a natural laxative and is said to cleanse and purify the intestines, bowels and colon. Using Aloe Vera on the head can also bring relief from dandruff and kills bacteria associated with diseases of the scalp. It also helps to stimulate hair growth and strengthens the hair. The plant is also used in cosmetics to reduce wrinkles, treat skin discoloration and smooth the skin. Note that it can overly dry the skin and if not used properly may lead to skin irritations. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should also avoid using the plant as Aloe Vera usage may lead to an abortion.
NOTE: We highly recommend that before using any herbal medications you should consult your health care provider or medical doctor for professional advice.
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