Aloe Vera has a plethora of beneficial properties. The inexpensive green plant adorns the kitchen windows of millions of folks around the globe and is routinely cultivated by preppers as well. Folks who merely grow the plant so it can be broken open to be applied to burns are missing out on some of the best ways to extract its healing powers.
Alexander the Great is believed to have ordered his army to travel from Greece to an island near Somalia just to find a crop of Aloe Vera plants. The plant naturally grows in East Africa and the Mediterranean region, Egypt, and Greece. A study by Japanese scientists after World War 2 reportedly found that individuals who had rubbed Aloe Vera onto their skin after potentially being exposed to radiation had a far lower rate of skin cancer than had been predicted.
The Aloe Vera plant is 99 percent water and one percent absorbable solid. That tiny little non-water percent contains more than 200 bioactive constituents including a vast array of amino acids, minerals, enzymes, vitamins, polymannans, fatty acids, and polysaccharides. Most the properties of the plant are both healthy and helpful, but a few are not. Separating the inner juice, or gel, from the outer leaf sap is extremely. The leaf sap can have a toxic effect on the human body and works as a strong laxative.
There is no need to grow dozens of Aloe Vera plants and fret about keeping them all alive so you can garner their healing properties when needed. Aloe Vera powder and Aloe Vera juice can be made from live plants and stored for use many years to come. Dehydrated Aloe Vera powder is believed to boast the highest concentration of the nutrients present in the plant.
How To Dehydrate Aloe Vera
- Use a sharp knife to carefully peel the green “skin” away from the leaves of the plant – a paring knife is recommended. Slice the skins so they are the same size to help them dry both quickly and easily.
- Place the skins onto the dehydrator tray, leaving space in between each so the air can circulate.
- Place the pulp from the inside of the plant leaves aside to dehydrate later after removing the skins, or use a second dehydrator or allow to dry in the sun until all the moisture has been removed..
- Use the fruits and vegetables setting (or abut 135 degrees) on your dehydrator. It will take about 48 hours to completely dry the skins and possible another 12 hours to dry the pulp layers.
- Put the dehydrated pieces (you can mix skin and pulp) into a blender or food processor and pulsate the ingredients until they resemble a fine white powder.
- Store in vacuum sealed bags or Mason jars to ensure longevity.
- Reconstitute the dehydrated Aloe Vera using about one teaspoon of water for every three tablespoons of the powder. Use the smallest amount of water possible. Stir after pouring in the water an then wait about five minutes to see if the Aloe Vera has returned to a thin gel form.
Leaf pulp used in Aloe Vera juice is rich in fiber and a host of other natural nutrients. Many folks purchase or make their own juice and drink it as a internal herbal remedy and for body cleansing purposes. The juice contains copious amounts of amino acids and other helpful minerals which can help with inflammatory problems, support the immune system, lower blood sugar, menopause, lower cholesterol, and digestion issues. Some folks have consumed and rubbed the juice onto their skin to combat Rosacea and acne problems.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup of your favorite citrus based juice
- Break off or slice about three plant leaves. You will need about two tablespoons of inner leaf material to make a glass of juice.
- Peel away the skin and either toss or save for dehydrating. Make sure to also peel away the “yellow” layer on the underside of the leaf skin.
- Put the plant matter into a blender and puree or pulse until liquified. If you like pulp in your juice, blend accordingly.
- Pour the cup of citrus juice in the blender. Blend the mixture until it appears smooth and “juice-like.”
- Some folks add 200 grams of honey and/or a shot of whiskey into the juice when the purpose of consuming is to help fight a flu or the common cold.
Aloe Vera Home Remedy And First Aid Uses
Aloe Vera produces two substances which are commonly used in natural medicines – gel and latex. The gel is found in the inner part of the lead and resembles a thin jelly. The latex is derived from just under the “skin” of the plant.
Aloe Vera Gel Oral Uses
The gel from the plant has often been taken orally to help fight osteoarthritis, bowel diseases including ulcerative colitis, shrinking warts, fever, itching due to dry skin or insect bites, inflammation, stomach ulcers, diabetes, asthma, according to WedMD. Some folks have taken the gel by mouth to help alleviate radiation treatment side effects.
Aloe Vera Gel Topical Uses
The gel from the plant is commonly used topically to treat burns, sunburn, frostbite, psoriasis, and cold sores. The gel has proven successful for some folks who have gently rubbed the substance on bedsores and surgical wounds to foster enhanced healing. The gel may possess some attributes which help kill bacteria and increase blood vessel circulation. The gel is also a popular natural ingredient in body scrubs, as a make-up remover, homemade toothpaste, mouthwash, and deodorants.
Aloe Vera Latex Oral Uses
Latex from the plant has been taken orally to help treat constipation, asthma, the common cold, epilepsy, the lack of menstrual bleeding, depression, varicose veins, diabetes, colitis, bursitis, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, hemorrhoids, and osteoarthritis. Some medical experts caution against taking Aloe Vera latex orally, especially in high doses. Health concerns noted include fears that the latex is “hard on the kidneys” and could contain ingredients which might cause cancer. The latex was a common ingredient in commercial laxatives until the FDA mandated its removal in 2002.
Aloe Vera Warnings
Aloe Vera is not recommended for use by pregnant or nursing mothers. Gastriontestional “upset” has been noted by some who use the herb in natural remedies.