Aloe vera, known to the Egyptians as “the plant of immortality” and to Native Americans as “the wand of heaven”, is well-known for its healing powers as a topical application for scrapes, cuts, and burns.
But there is far more to aloe vera than being a topical ointment alone? it may actually turn out to be even more beneficial to your body when taken internally.
Botanical (bitter) bliss
According to The Journal of Environmental Science and Health, aloe vera possesses anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties that assist the immune system in cleansing the body of toxins and invading pathogens (disease-causing agents).
It contains over 200 biologically active, naturally occurring compounds ? including polysaccharides, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids and minerals ? that promote nutrient absorption and super-charge the immune system.
Aside from being an excellent body cleanser ? removing toxins from the stomach, kidneys, spleen, bladder, liver, and colon ? aloe vera also offers effective relief from more immediate ailments, such as indigestion, an upset stomach, ulcers, and inflammation in the gut. It also strengthens the digestive tract and alleviates joint inflammation, making it a great option for arthritis sufferers.
One study found that aloe vera juice, when taken the same way as a mouthwash, was just as effective at removing plaque as the active ingredient chlorhexidine, which is used in many commercial mouthwashes ? making it a great alternative because it is all-natural and doesn’t contain harmful chemicals.
Aloe vera gel has also been found to effectively heal mouth ulcers.
If you happen to have an aloe vera plant around the house or in your garden, you can consume it straight from the leaves of the plant, but the easiest and most palatable (it is very bitter) option is probably aloe juice, which you can find in most health food stores.
Aloe vera gel can be mixed into juices and smoothies, which will also make it easier to consume. It is great to drink daily, but if you are using it to assist with a specific ailment, consult a natural health expert regarding specific dosage instructions.
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