Do you know why Aloe Vera is known as the “plant of immortality”?

Aloe Vera is a plant species belonging to genus Aloe. It grows in dry climates like Africa and India. For centuries, Aloe Vera has been used as a medication for health issues, that’s why the ancient Egyptians had named this plant as “the plant of immortality”. It contains over 200 active components that make it a powerful plant with amazing healing properties!

The juicy substance found inside the Aloe Vera leaves can be applied topically to heal wounds, scars and to soothe the skin. Besides its healing abilities, Aloe Vera also has significant cosmetic properties! Aloe Vera juice can hydrate dry skin and hair, slow down skin aging and can be used as an acne treatment. It also combats itching, skin allergies, insect bites, eczema and fungal diseases, it can even restrict psoriasis!

In addition, Aloe Vera is a great source of vitamin B, C, E and beta-carotene. It contains minerals, trace elements, such as magnesium, manganese, zinc, calcium, and iron, and amino acids, which are the “building blocks” of proteins. Aloe Vera is also rich in polysaccharides, enzymes which aid in proper food digestion.

Impressive Benefits of Aloe Vera:

• Aloe Vera is rich in antioxidants, which fight free radicals and enhance the activity of the immune system. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.

• Aloe Vera acts substantially on digestive disorders such as heartburn, ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome. It soothes the esophagus and reduces the discomfort of acid reflux. Aloe Vera also helps to improve bowel function and constipation as it contains anthraquinones glycosides A and B, which are natural laxatives.

• Aloe Vera is rich in vitamins and minerals and helps by eliminating the toxins from our body.

• According to a research published in the medical journal “Journal of Ethnopharmacology”, Aloe Vera is extremely useful in the treatment of gum diseases, such as gingivitis and periodontitis. It reduces gum bleeding, inflammation and swelling. Aloe Vera is also a powerful antiseptic with antifungal properties, which helps with stomatitis problems and mouth ulcers.

• Laboratory studies have shown that the Aloe Vera juice acts beneficially in chronic diseases such as diabetes, or heart disease. According to these studies, the daily consumption of one teaspoon of Aloe Vera juice for a 14-week period, can reduce blood sugar levels by 45%.

• Aloe Vera improves skin’s elasticity, protects against environmental air pollution and neutralizes free radicals. As people grow older, they begin to worry about the appearance of fine lines and the loss of skin elasticity. Aloe Vera leaves contain significant amounts of antioxidant substances, including beta-carotene and vitamin C and E, which help to improve the natural firmness of the skin.

What’s New with Vicky

Strangely enough last week Vicky burnt herself pretty badly with an oven pan. Thankfully she had an Aloe plant, she cut a piece of the Aloe and rubbed the gel directly on her burn. It immediately helped to soothe the pain from the burn and Vicky is certain it healed faster due to the Aloe. Vicky also wanted to mention that when she takes her vitamins, she always takes them with a glass of Aloe Vera juice. She believes that this helps with the absorption of the vitamins. She highly recommends you keep both, an Aloe Vera plant and Aloe Vera juice in your home.

Weekly Read

When people experience digestive problems, they often choose the cheap solution called TUMS. But what about Aloe Vera? Vicky’s blog can help you make the right choice relieving your stomach issues! Click to read it…

Weekly Recipe

For today’s Weekly Recipe Vicky will share one of her favorite recipes that can fight wrinkles and give your skin a natural glow!

You will need

• 3 drops of peppermint essential oil
• 1 tablespoon Aloe Vera gel
• 1 egg white
• 1 teaspoon of green clay powder

Method

1. Mix all the ingredients into a bowl.
2. Apply the mask to your face, avoiding the eye area.
3. Let it stand for 20 minutes.
4. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Health and Beauty Tips of the Week

1. Aloe Vera Works as a Moisturizer
Aloe Vera is great for people with oily skin, since it hydrates their skin without leaving this greasiness feeling. For women who use makeup almost every day, Aloe Vera can act as a moisturizer and they can apply it to their face before they put their makeup. For men, Aloe Vera gel can be used as a post-shave treatment since it can cure small cuts.

2. Aloe Vera Treats Acne
The aloe gel inside Aloe Vera leaves contains two hormones the auxin and the gibberellins. These two hormones have anti-inflammatory properties which reduce skin inflammation and can contribute to wound healing as gibberellins stimulates the growth of new cells, allowing the skin to be healed quickly, leaving almost no scars! Make a face mask mixing aloe gel and lemon juice into a bowl. Apply to your face, making massage and rinse with lukewarm water.

3. Aloe Vera Reduces Stretch Marks
When the skin stretches due to a pregnancy or by a sudden body weight change, its elasticity can be damaged, causing stretch marks. These signs occur due to wounds on the inner layers of the skin. Aloe Vera can help you hide these stretch marks and help heal these wounds. Apply a thick layer of Aloe Vera gel over your stretch marks and leave it for 2 hours or overnight. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Ask Vicky

Q: Can I make a face mask out of Aloe? I prefer preparing my own Aloe cream to purchasing products from the drugstore.

A: For a rejuvenating Aloe Vera mask blend ½ cup Aloe Vera gel with 2 tablespoons mashed ripe organic avocado. Add 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil and warm water to become a paste. Apply to your face and let it stand for 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Q: Do you have an Aloe Vera hair mask for dry and damaged hair? I dye my hair about every 3 weeks and I’m looking for a way to protect and condition my hair.

A: An Aloe Vera mask can work wonders for damaged hair! Apply raw aloe to your scalp, massage well and leave it for 30 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Weekly Inspiration

Of all the herbs I’ve ever studied, and I’ve written thousands of articles on nutrition and disease prevention, Aloe Vera is the most impressive herb of them all. – Mike Adams, the Health Ranger