ALOE VERA (Aloe): Benefits, Uses and Virtues of Aloe Vera? Medicinal properties? Dosage? Side-effects of Aloe Vera? Origins, Composition, Expert opinions, Combination with other plants and more Information on Aloe Vera.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is one of the most powerful and well-known medicinal plants. It has been used for more than 5,000 years, and traces of it have been found in numerous civilizations (traditional Chinese medicine, ancient Mediterranean civilizations, ancient Egypt, Greece…) Today, it has a strong global reputation due to its widespread usage in cosmetics, particularly to treat burns and sunburn, to aid wound healing, and to fight against cell aging. However, the unique medicinal benefits of Aloe Vera are recognized by scientists, and the plant is used by herbalists to cleanse the intestinal flora and combat constipation, as well as to reinforce the immune system and improve blood circulation. The range of usage of Aloe Vera is thus very broad, even if it has very specific benefits for the skin.

Aloe Vera: Medicinal Properties

Skin – Burns – Hair

peau- acts effectively against skin aging (+++) (very good combination with Acai Berry and Goji Berry)
- heals sunburn (+++) (avoid exposure to sun after application)
- principal remedy for burns (+++)
- skin repair (+++)
- participates in the healing of wounds, cuts, abrasions and injuries (+++)
- protection against skin diseases (+++)
- eczema, dry skin (+++) (synergy with Turmeric and Peppermint)
- effectively combats acne (+++) (internal and external usage)
- pruritis, psoriasis, hives, impetigo, furuncle (+++)
- fortifies the nails and hair (++) (synergy with Spirulina)
- restores shine to hair, skin and nails (++) (synergy with Goji Berry and Acai Berry)
- eliminates dandruff (++) (external usage)

Anti-cancer – Antioxidants – Immune system

immunité – contains highly effective antioxidants (+++)
- effectively protects from radiation (+++) (synergy with Ginkgo Biloba)
- helps to prevent from skin cancer (+++) (Aloe Vera was used by the Japanese after the nuclear bomb)
- stimulates and reinforces the immune system (++)
- general anti-inflammatory (++) (synergy with Turmeric and Ginger)
- stimulates the metabolism, fortifies the body, combats fatigue (++) (synergy with Ginseng and Maca)
- reduces the risk of infections (++)
- antiseptic (++) and antifungal, combats fungus (+)
- detoxification of the body (++) (synergy with Chlorella)
- improves cellular oxygenation (++) (synergy with Goji Berry)
- promotes the renewal of healthy, non-cancerous cells (++) (synergy with Chlorella)
- helps to prevent cancer of the intestine and colon (++) (synergy with Turmeric and Ginger)
- protects from autoimmune diseases (++) (synergy with Goji Berry and Acai Berry)
- improves blood circulation (++)
- combats diabetes and cholesterol (++) (internal usage)
- effectively combats genital herpes (+++) (synergy with Echinacea)
- anaesthetic effect, reduces pain (especially intestinal pain) (++)

Digestion – Intestinal Flora – Constipation

digestion- constipation (+++) (Aloe Vera is a laxative) (synergy with Spirulina and Garlic)
- cleanses intestinal flora (++) (synergy with Chlorella and Spirulina)
- protects from Crohn’s disease (++) (synergy with Turmeric and Cannabis)
- promotes digestion (bloating, stomach burns, diarrhea..) (++)
- aids the elimination of gases and different toxins (++)
- relieves digestive spasms and problems linked to hyperacidity (++)
- helps to prevent cancer of the colon and intestine (++)
- remedy to ulcers of the stomach and duodenum (++)
- digestive and gastrointestinal inflammation (++)
- peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis (++) (internal usage)
- liver protector, drainage of the liver (++) (synergy with Turmeric)

Aloe Vera: Origins

Aloe Vera is a species of Aloe that originated in East Africa and in the Mediterranean region. It also grows in the tropics and in several continents. The plant has been used for more than 5,000 years, particularly for its cosmetic usage. All traditional medicines made use of Aloe Vera to treat diverse and varied problems. Indeed, discoveries have been made of writings and traces of its use in ancient Egypt, Greece, Africa, as well as in the most ancient medicines in the world – traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine (India).

Aloe Vera: Composition

Aloe Vera has one of the most amusing compositions, consisting – like a cactus – of more than 99% water. The remaining 1% is a very powerful synergy of 150 different elements including: 12 vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B12, C and E… as well as a large number of minerals and trace elements: calcium, sodium, chlorine, manganese, magnesium, copper, chrome, zinc, selenium, germanium, phosphor, potassium, iron…, tannins, and more than 18 amino acids. It is thus one of the richest plants in terms of its composition, along with Goji Berry and Acai Berry, as well as algae such as Spirulina and Chlorella, and Maca. Its composition explains in large part its wide-ranging, powerful properties. The gel, extracted from Aloe Vera, is the most important part of the plant and contains, among other things, Acemannan, which improves cellular oxygenation as well as blood circulation.

Aloe Vera: Dosage

Aloe Vera is very commonly available in the form of creams, gel, juice or capsules. Aloe Vera gel is used externally, applied to the skin, whereas the capsules and juice are taken internally. In the case of capsules, it is recommended to take 200-300mg per day. For the juice, 2-3 tablespoons (about 50ml) per day is recommended.

Aloe Vera: Ultimate effects, benefits, virtues

Aloe Vera is a major medicinal plant when it comes to treating and protecting the skin. Used externally, it is very effective on burns and sunburn, as well as a variety of skin diseases (eczema, pruritus, psoriasis, acne) – it is extremely constructive and protective. It speeds up the process of skin repair, protects from the side-effects of radiation and helps to speed up the closing of open wounds. Cosmetic companies have profited well by creating numerous creams formulated with Aloe Vera. Used internally, it is also a powerful human shield – it protects from infections, reinforces the metabolism and effectively stimulates the immune system. It can also be a very good natural means of fighting constipation and all digestive problems (bloating, gas, diarrhea, heartburn…). Aloe Vera is also a good protector of the liver, promotes good blood circulation, combats cholesterol and diabetes, and improves cellular oxygenation.

Aloe Vera: Side-effects, contraindications

Aloe Vera is a well-known, safe plant. Having said this, there is one part of the plant that can be toxic (when used internally), if it is consumed in its pure form in too great a quantity. Aloin (a yellow latex), found in the outer layer of Aloe Vera, makes it potentially dangerous, but cases of poisoning are very rare because the products sold to consumers are most often devoid of this substance. However, for those who wish to consume Aloe Vera at home, it is not recommended to consume the pure juice if it has not been treated. Indeed, the gel from the different parts of the plant (skin, thorns…) must be properly extracted in order to avoid all risk of poisoning. In high doses, Aloe Vera can also provoke diarrhea, because of its laxative and purgative effects. Due to its photosensitivity, care should be taken to avoid exposure to the sun following the application of Aloe Vera gel to the skin.

Aloe Vera: Opinions of experts

Aloe Vera first gained worldwide success after Japanese scientists noticed that people exposed to radiation in the two nuclear bombs (in Hiroshima and Nagasaki), who had consumed Aloe Vera juice and applied Aloe Vera gel to their skin, had a far lower rate of skin cancer than had been predicted. After the second World War, Japanese doctors were thus astonished to notice that irradiated patients treated with Aloe Vera recovered much more quickly than others.

Furthermore, again in Japan, a study from one of the biggest universities (Hoshi) specialising in pharmaceutical science and research, was published by the famous journal Yakugaku Zasshi (Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan). The study revealed that Aloe contains an antioxidant that is extremely powerful at fighting the different free radicals provoked by radiation. Moreover, it was also found to provide effective protection for certain substances essential to the body, including glutathione, which plays a major part in the healthy functioning of the body’s immune system.

Aloe Vera: More information

In Latin, the word “Vera” translates to “True, authentic”. Aloe Vera has been used for more than 5,000 years by many great civilizations, across widely varying regions of the world. Humans, no matter where they have lived, have always recognized the utility of this plant in medicine, even if the details of its usage have differed from one region to another – this proves the diverse beneficial powers of Aloe Vera.

Aloe Vera: Combination with other plants

Aloe Vera combines very well with Spirulina and Chlorella (detoxification and reinforcement of the body, detoxification of the organs), Acai Berry and Goji Berry (protection against aging and skin diseases, reinforcement of hair, nails, protection for the eyes), Ginkgo Biloba (protection from radiation, blood circulation), Turmeric and Ginger (help to prevent cancer, gastrointestinal problems, protection of the immune system), Ginseng and Maca (stimulation of the immune system, energy, libido).

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