Aloe Vera has been used for thousands of years to
treat burns and heal wounds and ulcers. Although it looks much like
a cactus plant and
thrives in warm climates, it is actually a member of the lily family.
You want a plant with history? You got it! It is
often said the Aloe Vera was part of Cleopatra's secret to beauty.
There are also many biblical references to Aloe Vera. Dioscorides,
a Greek historian, recommended Aloe Vera as a treatment for burns,
kidney ailments and constipation.
The ancient Egyptians were thought to have used
Aloe Vera in their embalming procedures. They also used it for sunburns
and to retard the aging process.
In the Philippines, it is used with milk for dysentery
and kidney infections. The
Chinese considered the Aloe Vera sacred and used it for stomach
and colon ailments.
For Aloe Gel:
Aloe Vera is most commonly used for healing, moisturizing, and regenerating
damaged skin tissue. For external use, the gel that oozes out of
the leaves is simply applied to the damaged skin. Internal use involves
drinking fresh gel, mixed with fruit juice if you like. Because
Aloe Vera is an astringent, one of it's most popular uses is for
reducing the size of pores on the face. Aloe Vera will at the same
time stimulate skin cell growth.
Aloe Vera gel is naturally rich in vitamin C (to
maintain tone of blood vessels and promote good circulation), amino
acids (the chains of atoms
constructing protein in our bodies), and enzymes Which rejuvenate
aged tissues and promote healthy skin). It can be absorbed easily
through the skin.
Aloe Vera can be used to help prevent scarring and
to heal minor scars. Aloe
contains substances called uronic acids that are natural detoxicants
take part in the healing process by stripping toxic materials of