Medicinal effects of aloe vera


Aloe vera: first aid from the flower pot

(07/31/2010) Since ancient times the healing effects of Aloe vera Known and until the First World War, many households were stocked with some plants that were used as first aid medicine for minor burns, cuts and bumps. After that, the wide use of the juice was mainly limited to cosmetics, e.g. as an additive in moisturizers. In addition to the known effects on injuries and wounds, there are now various reports from naturopathy and medicine on the use of skin and mucous membrane diseases, metabolic and digestive disorders, chronic pain, cancer and AIDS.

Aloe vera:
Aloe, queen of medicinal plants
Old testimonials speak for the healing power
300 ingredients in aloe vera
Aloe vera easy to use
Alo vera helps with injuries
For further reading

Aloe, queen of medicinal plants

The Aloe vera Linné, also known as the "Queen of Medicinal Plants", is the cosmetically and medically used representative of the aloe family. It grows wild in the arid regions of North Africa, the Canary Islands, South and Central America to Russia and the arid Mediterranean regions. There are also many additional growing areas, e.g. in China or India. The aloe likes dry, sandy soil and lots of sunlight. The stem of the plant can reach a height of up to 60 cm and grow to a thickness of approx. 6 cm. The effective juice of aloe sits in its fleshy leaves, which are surrounded by a firm skin.

Old testimonials speak for the healing power

Old myths and traditions point to a long history of experience with aloe as Medicinal plant there. In 1873, for example, a professor from Leipzig found a 3500-year-old Egyptian papyrus with records of the healing effects of the "plant queen". For Alexander the Great, aloe juice was indispensable as the best (first) aid for injuries to his warriors. And it is said that it was Thomas the Unbeliever, an apostle of Jesus, who introduced the plant to India in 50 AD, where it still has a place in Ayurveda herbal medicine. Finally, one can read of the aloe as "Indian medicine", which helped the indigenous people of America to recover faster and better from gunshot wounds and stab wounds despite the inferiority of arms in the war of conquest against the white settlers.

300 ingredients in aloe vera

The list of medical effective ingredients is long. Up to 300 different ingredients have so far been found in the various types of aloe. Aloe vera contains vitamins A, C and E and a whole range of B vitamins. Just as important are the amino acids that are important for protein formation and protein balance, as well as enzymes that support all healing processes in the body and thus, among other things. explain the good effect on wound and scar healing. The mineral composition with a very high proportion of iron and the trace elements zinc, chromium and manganese is also very suitable for strengthening the body's defenses. The special composition explains the broad spectrum of effects on the immune system, skin, metabolism and digestion.

Aloe vera easy to use

Aloe vera is easy to care for and easy to use. For healing purposes in general, but especially internally, only 100% pure aloe juice should be used. This can only be preserved in organic shops, health food stores or specialized distributors - or can only be preserved with natural ascorbionic acid - or can be obtained directly from the plant. In order to enjoy the benefits of aloe vera as a first aid plant for the home in its purest form, it is sufficient to purchase two to three plants, ideally at the age of two to four years. A bright, sunny place in the windowsill and some sandy earth meet the modest demands of this queen. It has to be watered at most every week in summer and even less frequently in winter. Cactus fertilizer in economical use is gratefully received.

Aloe vera helps with injuries

First aid for minor injuries. To harvest the juice freshly, an aloe leaf is cut off, cut open at the bottom and the juice is pressed out. In dark glasses, storage in the refrigerator for several weeks is possible.

Grazes, cuts and cracks in the skin can be drizzled with the juice to stop bleeding, or the leaf is placed directly on the injury. Pain from burns is immediately relieved by putting on a cloth soaked in pure aloe juice. After bumping, a warm aloe juice envelope can be used to prevent bruising. At the first signs of wheals from food allergies (e.g. strawberries), the itching can be relieved by rubbing in aloe juice. In the case of sunburn and insect bites, the antibacterial effect of the juice prevents inflammation, so that the burn and sting heal quickly and easily. The following applies to all applications: The sooner treatment with aloe juice takes place, the faster the symptoms disappear. (Dipl.Päd.Jeanette Viñals Stein, naturopath, 30.07.2010)

For further reading

Beringer, Alice: Aloe vera - Natural beauty and well-being through the queen of medicinal plants, Heyne 2000
Peuser, Michael: Aloe - Empress of Medicinal Plants, São Paulo 2000

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