Yoga & Wellness

Aloe Vera — plant of immortality

Aloe vera is a popular plant that has been used for thousands of years for health and beauty and ancient Egyptians called it the “plant of immortality.”

Aloe has thick, pointed and fleshy green leaves, which can grow 30 to 50 centimeters in length. Each leaf is full of a gel-like tissue that stores water, which makes the leaves thick. Although it is best known for treating skin injuries, it also has several other beneficial effects on health. But be careful – this plant is incredibly medicinal and like with all the medicines there are some cautions against long-term use. We give you some of the incredible benefits:

Good digestion
Aloe is known to soothe and cleanse the digestive tract and help improve diges- tion. The interesting thing about taking aloe internally is that, because it is an adaptogen, it helps with either constipation or diarrhea, helping to regulate your elimination cycles in whatever way you need. It’s been a great remedy for people with problems such as irritable bowel syndrome as well as acid reflux. Aloe also helps to decrease the number of unfriendly bacteria and in our gut keeping your healthy intestinal flora in balance. Aloe also helps to rid the body of intestinal worms.

Detoxification
Aloe Vera is a gelatinous plant food, just like seaweeds and chia seeds. The main benefit to consuming gelatinous plant foods in your diet is that these gels move through the intestinal tract absorbing toxins along the way and get eliminated through the colon. This will help the proper elimination of waste from your body and help the detoxification of your body.

Alkalizes the body
The disease cannot manifest in an alkaline environment. Most people are living and subsisting on mostly acidic foods. For great health, remember the 80/20 rule: 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acidic. Aloe vera is an alkaline forming food. It alkalizes the body, helping to balance overly acidic dietary habits.

Boosts the immune system
The polysaccharides in aloe vera juice stimulate macrophages, which are the white blood cells of your immune system that fight against viruses. Aloe is also an immune enhancer because of its high level of anti-ox- idants, which help combat the unstable compounds known as free radicals, contributing to the aging process. Aloe is also an antipyretic which means it used to reduce or prevent fever.

Beauty queen
Did you think aloe vera was just for sunburns? Aloe vera is also a natural, resourceful alternative to getting gorgeous. It’s antibacterial, soothing properties make it perfect for a variety of cures, plus it’s gentle on sensitive skin and packed with vitamins, enzymes, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants.

• You can use it as a makeup remover: take aloe vera gel (either store-bought or straight from the plant) on a cotton pad and swipe away before going to sleep.

• It is great as a brow gel: simply dip a clean mascara wand in aloe vera gel and brush over brows to keep them in place.

• It also fights acne: apply pure aloe straight from the plant to your blemishes and allow it to absorb; the soothing properties help in- flammation while bacteria is eradicated.■

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