Aloe Vera has both great Internal and External Benefits!
I found out Aloe Vera isn’t just for burns, but great for you internally. How awesome is that-internal and external use. This is a plant, or juice, you definitely need in your house. When I was a kid, I remember my mom lathering me with this clear liquid gooey stuff when I got sunburn. She’d grab a leaf of this plant, break it and lathered that gooey liquid on my burn. I never really knew what it was, but I knew boy it made my sunburn feel better. Do you remember your mom doing that? And that weird plant…the Aloe Vera plant. And holy are you in for a treat!! It just doesn’t stop at helping sunburns, it helps MUCH MORE.
So what is Aloe Vera?
Aloe Vera has been used routinely in the Asian World, and now it has found its way in the Western side of the world. Aloe Vera is a wonderful botanical that produces two substances, the gel and the latex. The latex is found just beneath the leaf skin, while the gel comes from the cells in the center of the leaf (also known as the fillet). And the benefits… it’s the healer both internally and externally.
Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice
Remember my story about my mom lathering it on my burns when I was a kid? It soothed the burn and felt so good. But it does much more. It additionally soothes inflamed skin and enhances collagen (link collagen) and hyaluronic acid to rejuvenate skin (what a great way to hydrate!)
- Has a vitamin punch. Aloe Vera is packed full with vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, and folic acid. It also has some awesome minerals like iron, zinc, selenium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium (now that’s a punch pack of goodness!).
- Detoxification. You bet! Crammed full of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, this is one of nature’s finest cleansers. It soothes, cools, and moisturizes both our outside and inside. Internally, it helps with digestion and rids the body of icky waste, detoxifying naturally.
- Great for Digestion. Aloe Vera’s soothing properties can help with digestion issues or IBS. This juice helps ph balance, encouraging the good digestive bacteria and regularizes bowel processing (a great natural constipation relief remedy).
- Supports the immune system. Aloe Vera is chock full of polysaccharides, which assists the immune system to behave correctly. Having too much inflammation in the body can lead to problems in the immune system and can cause conditions such has eczema, asthma, and even Crohn’s disease. The soothing effect from aloe vera juice can reduce inflammation response back in order.
How to find Aloe Vera
You can buy your own plant if you choose. Just make sure it gets plenty of light. The plant loves sunshine; you can even move it outdoors during the summer.
Buying it already in juice, gel, and extracts is another option. But be sure to buy a quality one, preferably having organic on the label and even an approval seal. Go to your local health food store is the best way. There, you can read the labels and choose the best, or have your salesperson assist you in choosing. I tend to like this Aloe Vera Juice
Possible side effects
Aloe Vera helps with digestion and bowel processing, but you should know that it can have adverse effects. If you have an intestinal issue, it can be a bowel irritant. Also, if you’re a diabetic, it could alter your blood sugar levels. When taking certain types of medicines (such as diuretic, diabetes and laxative medications) may be affected by Aloe Vera. It is always wise to consult with your physician when adding any type of healing herbs or plants. Always side with caution when medications are involved – consult with your doctor of pharmacist.
Let’s Sum up why You Need Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has great active components; vitamins A, C, E, and many B vitamins – contains great minerals such as Magnesium (link post), calcium, potassium, and zinc – has polysaccharides. Don’t forget:
- it’s a great detoxifier
- great for digestion
- supports the immune system
- soothes inflammation internally and externally
- can be used as a natural laxative
*this product is not intended to replace, diagnose, treat, cure, and prevent any diseases. Always consult with your physician. Statements not evaluated by the FDA.