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Holy Grail - Aloe Vera

I am sure you have heard about Aloe Vera at some point in your recent life. If not, then you may not be human. This water preserving succulent has become a staple in many homes, near and far. Its benefits are undeniable medical studies or not. It is good to note, Aloe Vera has a whopping 18 amino acids as well as essential vitamins like A, B and E all jam packed in these gooey, bitter, 96% water filled prickly leaves.

Growing up in Jamaica, you would find Aloe vera and Tuna ( Prickly Pear) in every home you visit. Your hair is breaking, grab an Aloe leaf. Feeling down on your health, grab a Aloe leaf, you get the idea.

Aloe Vera has become a part of a booming billion-dollar industry. Available in creams, lotions, gels or even supplements. Every part of the plant has benefits. Let’s talk about some of the great benefits that you can reap from this little miraculous plant.

Aloe Vera or Aloe barbadensis species is well known for treating skin ailments like sunburn. But today we will talk more about the anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-septic properties of Aloe Vera. Hopefully, after this read you will be able to incorporate some of these into your daily lives.

Polyphenols in Aloe are powerful antioxidants neutralize harmful free radicals decreasing cell damage which may cause cancer and other diseases. Curcumin in Turmeric is another great polyphenol.  

In a mouth rinse study, it was shown that aloe vera mouth rinse was as effective as traditional mouth rinse. Aloe Vera is effective is killing plaque causing bacteria and yeast.

Here is what you have been waiting for, drumroll please! Yes, Aloe Vera gel taken orally may increase collagen production and improve the elasticity of the skin. Ladies, consult your physicians then get going on your youthful skin! 

Some other possible benefits are:

  • Reducing blood sugar
  • Reducing constipation
  • Help in health of canker sores
  • Speeds of wound healing 
  • Help reduce heartburn

Growing Aloe Vera at  home is one of the best ways to ensure you are getting fresh Aloe. Once cut, the plant breaks down rather quickly have your bowls and tools ready for extracting this slimy, slippery goodness!

 

Like the rivers, we flow

 

*Please consult with your physician before starting any herbal remedies. Do not take if you have Crohns diease, colitis or hemorrhoids* 

 

 


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