There’re around 3 hundred varieties of Aloe in the world. The most common variety, Aloe Vera or Aloe barbadensisis, has many therapeutic properties.
Six thousand year old stone carvings with images of Aloe Vera plants were found in Egypt. Ancient Egyptians called Aloe the “plant of immortality”.
In the 1880’s, it was used as an all-natural laxative in the U.S. In the 1930’s, Aloe Vera was used to treat severe and chronic radiation dermatitis.
An Aloe Vera Leaf Consists of:
– The Inner Leaf Gel is sterile and possesses most of the nutrients found in the plant.
– The Mucilage Layer possesses long chain sugars known as polysaccharides.
– The Sap is bitter and is packed with latex (anthraquinones.)
– The Rind is the tough outer layer. The creation of nutrients occurs in it.
Aloe Vera Gel Recipe
– 6 Aloe leaves from a healthy and mature plant
– Rubber gloves (Wear rubber gloves in order to protect your hands from the leaves’ serrated edges.)
– A clean work surface and cutting board
– Spatula and spoon
– A glass container (You should keep the gel in your fridge in an opaque or dark glass container in order to protect it from light that may degrade it).
– A clean sharp knife
– Paper towels
– Blender or food processor
Wash your hands to avoid contaminating the gel or introducing any bad bacteria into it.
The biggest and oldest outermost leaves near the bottom are perfect; they possess a thick gel layer that’s high in nutrients. As we have already mentioned, you need to use deep green, fleshy, thick and mature leaves, which are at five inches in length.
You need to remove a leaf with a sharp knife. Don’t harm the plant.
Rinse the knife and the leaves’ outer skin under running water. Then, place the leaves in a bowl at a forty-five degree angle for about fifteen minutes to allow the bitter, dark yellow Aloe latex or juice to drain out. Aloe latex has potent laxative effects that may lead to gut irritation and potassium deficiency.
Next, remove the serrated skin and edges. Mature leaves may be curved. You need to place the concave side down on the cutting board as well as slice around the perimeter. It’ll expose the gel. You need to run the knife under the surface as well as peel it away.
You should remove the gel from the leaves and store it in a jar before processing it in a food processor or blender.
Process it into a food processor until you get a smooth mixture. You should add a scant quarter tsp. of vitamin C powder (Pharmaceutical Grade, non-GMO, a hundred percent Pure Powder) in the form of ascorbic acid to each cup of gel. The vitamin C powder will act as a preservative and neutralize oxygen on contact.
You need to add the preservative and the gel in the blender or food processor and mix.
Keep it in a glass jar with a tight lid in your fridge. Aloe gel typically keeps for seven days in the fridge. However, if you add a preservative, it’ll last up to thirty days.
How to Use It:
Doctor Andrew Weil suggests these Aloe Vera dosage guidelines: For oral use of the gel, 30 milliliters 3 times on a daily basis for adults. For kids, follow directions as instructed by health care provider for oral use or on manufacturer’s label.
Externally, gently apply the gel as needed.
Aloe Vera Benefits:
Based on clinical applications and studies Aloe Vera has been found to have great therapeutic potential. It’s used medicinally both orally and topically.
– Aloe may help stop the progression of tumor and promote cell death in cancer cells
Acemannan is an all-natural immune-boosting ingredient found in aloe. Researchers from the China Medical University found that Aloe-emodin and rhein had anticancer effects, including stopping the progression of tumor and promoting cell death in cancer cells.
South Korea’s Gachon University of Medicine and Science confirmed that Aloe-emodin stopped cancerous liver cell growth in humans and promoted cell death in tumor cells.
– It may help stop the proliferation of skin cancer cells
Multiple studies have shown that Aloe Vera may prevent or treat melanoma. Namely, research carried out at the University of Belgrade’s School of Medicine showed that the constituents in the plant (particularly Aloe-emodin) stopped the proliferation of skin cancer cells. The researchers found that even though isolated aloe compounds were effective, the entire herb extracts were superior.
According to other studies, aloe may stop skin cancer progression when applied topically.
Other Benefits Include:
– Has anti-parasitic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antidiabetic, and anti-cancer properties
– Helps repair DNA
– Helps alleviate the symptoms of Ulcerative colitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and Crohn’s
– Helps relieve arthritis pain
– Helps reduce the side effects of radiotherapy treatments
– Helps treat burns
– Helps enhance symptoms in patients who suffer from Alzheimer’s
Caution: The University of Maryland Medical Center notes that Aloe gel is safe if applied to the skin’s surface. It shouldn’t be applied to deep or open wounds. It might trigger allergic reactions, like skin rash.
As mentioned above, ingesting aloe latex may result in diarrhea or severe intestinal cramps. In addition, pregnant women shouldn’t take aloe latex as it may lead to uterine contractions or even miscarriage. Breastfeeding women shouldn’t take it as the safety and effects for kids and infants aren’t known. Also, large amounts of aloe may contribute to kidney damage.