Aloe vera has long been revered for its healing properties with the Egyptian people calling it the “plant of immortality” as far back as 6,000 years ago. From health elixirs to beauty aids here are 30 ways to use aloe vera.
The natural gel within the luscious leaves of the aloe vera plant has demonstrated powerful healing, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. There are at least six natural antiseptic compounds in aloe vera gel which gives it the ability to kill mold, fungus, bacteria and viruses (i). Researchers are also looking in the plant’s healing potential with regards to cancer and even AIDS. It has been shown to boost the immune system’s response to antigens (foreign elements in the body) which has shown promise in treating cancer.
It has a wide range of benefits when used to regenerate and rejuvenate the skin as it can penetrate the skin four times faster than water meaning the biologcally active compounds can reach deep within the epidermis and the lower layers of skin can reap the healing rewards.
Aloe vera gel and healthy human skin actually share the same natural pH (5.2-5.6) meaning that while it can protect against harmful bacteria, it will allow our natural bacterial flora to flourish in the pH that aloe vera provides.
It is easy to grow your own aloe vera plant, climate and space permitting, although oriental grocery store and health food stores also sell the leaves.
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