The Amazing Health Benefits of Aloe Vera (Ghritkumari)
Aloe Vera has existed one of the most significant plants used in traditional medicine. The Egyptians called Aloe Vera as the “plant of immortality” and added it among the funerary gifts buried alongside the Pharaohs. The medicinal benefits of aloe were identified in ancient civilizations, Indian, Chinese, Greek and Roman. Traditionally used to cure wounds, relieve itching and inflammation and is recognized for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
Aloe Vera or so called “Ghrit Kumari” in Sanskrit, is a member of the lily family and is very similar to the cactus in their characteristics. It is one or two feet in height; and its leaves are succulent, wide at the base and pointed on the ends, with spines on the edges. These fat leaves contain healing gel that is 96% of water and 4% Contains 75 substances such as vitamins A, B, C, E, calcium, amino acids for building proteins and enzymes used in the digestive system.
There are more than 240 species of aloe, however only 3 or 4 of them have medicinal properties; the most powerful is the Aloe Vera Barbadenis. Originally from North Africa and Spain, now it is also grows in the hot dry regions of Asia, Europe and America.
External Uses of Aloe Vera
The curative effect of aloe comes from its ability to prevent injury to epithelial tissues and promote the healing of injured tissue. An epithelium is a layer of cells that covers the body. Our skin have the largest epithelium and the application of applications of aloe Vera is very useful to soothe a variety of skin conditions such as insect bites, minor cuts, poison ivy, bruises and eczema. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties and increases blood flow to injured areas.
Beside this aloe Vera also stimulates fibroblasts, skin cells that are responsible for wound healing and the manufacture of collagen. The protein controls the aging process of the wrinkles and skin. The skin absorbs Aloe Vera up to four times faster than water.It appears to help the pores of the skin to open and receive moisture and nutrients from the plant.
1.Wounds and burns: This is one of the best remedies for burn and wounds, cut a leaf of aloe and apply the gel several times a day.
2.Mild Sun Burns: Apply gel of Aloe Vera on the affected areas and wash off after 15 minutes.
Internal Uses of Aloe Vera
Besides the skin Aloe Vera is also beneficial for other epithelia in our body such as the lining of the intestines, genital tract and bronchi, that also gets benefit from the healing effect of aloe. When taken internally, Aloe Vera juice helps in digestion and nutrient absorption, control blood sugar, increases energy production, promotes cardiovascular health, improves liver function and stimulates the immune system
1.Balance the digestion and elimination: take 1 tablespoon gel of aloe vera in the morning on an empty stomach. Aloe helps to eliminate toxins from the digestive system, improve digestion and improves the functioning of the kidneys, liver, and gallbladder. The Anti-inflammatory fatty acids in aloe alkalize the digestive juices and prevent heartburn which is a common cause of indigestion. These fatty acids benefit not only the stomach but the small intestine and the colon as well.
2.Skin problems: As Aloe Vera purifies the body and aids liver function; it is beneficial for the skin when taken internally. Take 1-2 teaspoons of fresh aloe juice daily for younger and healthier skin.
Note: Pregnant women and children under five should not take Aloe Vera internally. (It is advisable to consult a health care professional in case of injury)