Aloe vera - a pharmacy in one plant

Think .. a bit exaggerated? No .. no .. it is unbelievable how many treasures hidden in it ..

Aloe vera comes from Africa and the Mediterranean, today we would not have found perhaps the whole planet. It has become not only a popular indoor plant, but also indispensable for many drug .. its leaves are crystal clear gel reservoir full of beneficial and medicinal substances for our body.
Aloe is very easy to grow, there are only two basic things you need to remember - do not like excessive watering and nepřestojí frost. For us it can be grown either in pots in an apartment in the greenhouse, and in summer it can be put out, but the winter transfer back home. Due to its popularity, it is not difficult to get the plant aloe vera in horticulture, floriculture or robbery of the young shoots in a pot with a friend. Taking care of her is really simple, just had to provide enough light, watering once a week, and for so little care we hundredfold reward .. Without exaggeration, this green Šikula would perhaps not be missing in any household.

How to use aloe vera
Aloe vera leaves consist of two main components. The skin sheets contains latex, which has a burning taste bitter. Skin contact may irritate and is not recommended for routine use or internal. Although previously applied as a laxative, but it can cause severe cramps in the digestive tract, from the layman's use for this purpose was abandoned.
The second, more important for us, component of Aloe vera gel is transparent liquid hidden under the skin, which is just the bearer of the most important substances in this plant. In it we find the amount for the body of vital amino acids, minerals (magnesium, zinc, calcium, chromium, copper, potassium, sodium), vitamins (A, C, some B group vitamins, folic acid), and other important substances, it really highly condensed source of health-promoting substances.
When processing a cut leaf aloe straight from the plant is safer to avoid the skin because of its irritant effects - list best halve lengthwise and spoon it Scrape the gel layer. This clear gel can then be applied directly to the affected area on our skin, or for further processing to external or internal use.

Protector and healer of our skin - external use aloe
Beneficial effects of aloe vera on our skin are generally known. It can be used as first aid to many smaller skin lesions, such as various scratches, abrasions, burns, sunburn, insect bites and stings .. almost immediately gives us a sense of relief from pain, alleviate itching and redness of the affected area and cools, which are effects that register the common perceptions. But there are also those that just do not feel and do not see, for it is not rewarding.
Pure gel from the leaves of aloe and natural products based on its basis are recommended for the treatment of many skin diseases, which would otherwise have been forced to use different "dryjáky" with unpleasant and sometimes harmful health side effects. Aloe has been attributed to anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibiotic effects. Therefore, it can often be very successfully used to treat ailments such as acne, eczema, herpes, psoriasis and fungal and inflammatory skin diseases. It speeds up the healing of the affected areas and relieves unpleasant symptoms of these diseases.
Another positive effect on our skin is strong hydration ability, which can be used not only for treatment of burns, scalds and sunburn, but also for any moisturizing dry skin. The immediate effect we can simply try to dehydrated skin, for example on dry hands. Gel is applied directly to the skin it penetrates much better than she lacked water. Already at the first time, we feel as if our dry tired skin back to life, it is soft and pleasant to the touch.

Internal use of aloe vera
Even in the case of internal use only prefer using liquid gel, thus the inner part of the sheet without skin. Below we show one such recipe for home made "health elixir". In recent years, our market there are agents containing extracts of aloe vera for oral use. Ascribe to them a really significant positive effects on our body, such as detoxification, significant improvement of digestion, metabolism streamline substances in our body, treating diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, regulating blood pressure, lowering blood sugar levels in diabetics and treatment of joint disease. They are used as a means to enhance overall immunity, which acts as a prevention against diseases. Through increasing the resistance of the organism may also be beneficial for the less specific diseases such as allergies and eczema. At home made ​​syrup from the aloe also purchased the finished product must comply with the prescribed dosage and time of application, in both cases, the aloe is used internally as a temporary cure. (The pregnancy should not be taken internally aloe).
Syrup of aloe But we can help, even when we do not feel that we are lacking. Helps us boost our body's defenses and improve established flushing out toxins., Some experts claim that aloe can protect our body against certain types of tumor growth and that one of the strongest natural flame aging.

Recipe for medicinal tonic syrup, aloe for internal use:
/ Modified recipe based on a recipe by herbalist Paul Vanya /
250 g of gel from the aloe leaf, 500g of honey, 500ml good quality red wine, 100ml of drinking alcohol
- All mix well for a few days and store in a dark container in a cool place. We use 3x 1 teaspoon a day in between meals (1-2 hours before meals)
It is important to follow the recommendations that this treatment should not take longer than two months for one year.

I once in a magazine about science and technology has registered some photos of Asian women that held in the arms of her 27-year-old cat. True, he looked a bit like a cat retired veteran, but he was not at his age right .. cat usually live to half its blessed age. When the lady asked how she could keep your pet in shape so long, her answer was, 'his whole life to him every morning, adding to the food drop from a leaf aloe vera'. .. Who would it be unobtrusive to the plants said that .. O)



[2006-09-27]
The author Aloe vera - a pharmacy in one plant: Michaela Vorlová