Aloe Vera, the skin healer
Aloe vera is a stem less or very short-stemmed succulent plant that originates from northern Africa. It has an exceptional ability to absorb nutrients from the soil.
Inside the leaves is a thick gel and this gel is what is used in so many health products. The aloe vera gel can be used both internally and externally. The gel contains many important nutrients and enzymes plus saponin which give aloe vera its antiseptic properties. Aloe vera contains antiviral and immune-enhancing properties.
It’s antipuritic because it relieves itching and it contains proteins that decrease inflammation. Aloe vera is also both antibacterial and anti fungal. Aloe vera is even said to heal HIV infection.
Internally aloe vera is usually taken as a juice, aloe vera juice. Aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory properties soothe the digestive system and help it to maintain a proper pH balance. The saponin in the juice helps the body and the intestines to clean out toxins.
Externally the gel is used preferably in an as pure form as possible. Aloe vera gel has fantastic moisturizing properties and is excellent for the skin because its pH value is almost identical to that of skin. It can be use to both cleanse and moisturize the skin. Aloe vera can be used to help skin problems such as rashes, eczema, burns and insect bites. It heals first degree and second-degree sunburns and has a pain relieving effect on the skin. The gel is simply applied on the affected areas.
When you buy a aloevera product to use on your skin make sure you buy a gel that contains at least 98% aloe vera.
An even better alternative to buy aloe vera gel is to get a aloe vera plant. The Aloe vera plant is relatively easy to care for. It needs sandy potting soil and moderate light. Potted plants should be allowed to completely dry before it’s re-watered. During winter, the plant may become dormant, during which little moisture is required. When you to use aloe vera simply cut the leaf about an inch from the end and squeeze out the gel you need.
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