Have you ever tried aloe vera juice? I have. It’s wonderful. And, I’m not the only one who thinks so!
Out of the 400 species of the Aloe family, Aloe Vera (meaning True Aloe) has been used for thousands of years and is still used today. It is used predominantly as a remedy for the skin, digestion, the reproductive system and detox. A gel or pulp can be extracted from the plants for many benefits, both externally and internally.
It is most commonly used to treat skin conditions by soothing the skin and easing pain and inflammation. It can even speed up the healing process of burns, eczema and other conditions. The plant’s gel can be rubbed to reduce redness after a couple of days. Rubbing the leaf over cuts in the skin can prevent infection and speed up the healing process by acting like a bandage. Because of its healing and moisturizing benefits to the skin, it has been adopted by cosmetic companies and added in many products that you can purchase over the counter.
Jeffery the bulldog is currently a BIG fan of Band-Aid Hurt-Free Antiseptic wash (for his sore tail.) This particular product lists aloe as one of the main ingredients.
The juice of Aloe Vera is extracted by cutting the leaf, collecting the juice and then evaporating it. It contains twelve vitamins (including A, B1, B6, B12, C and E), nineteen amino acids and over 20 minerals, which most of these are essential to the body. In Ayurveda, the Indian health practice, Aloe Vera is known as Kumari (‘the princess’) because of its positive effect on the menstrual cycle and female reproductive system. It is also known for its ability to clean the liver and protect the digestive system by reducing intestinal inflammation.
Jeffery (the bulldog) has always been partial to aloe vera, as he used to chomp and chew the leaves of my huge backyard aloe plant when we lived in California. He must’ve known something…
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