I have noticed that Aloe Vera (the concentrated
form as bought in health food stores), mixed with a little bit of water,
sooths and removes intestinal irritation. Aloe vera juice or gel has
aloin removed, and is widely promoted as a digestive healer (stomach and
intestines). Unprocessed Aloe vera, containing the aloin, has a laxative
Aloe vera has a long history of medical applications,
primarily for wounds, burns and other skin problems. As a child my
mother taught me to peel a leaf from an Aloe vera plant (we had it
growing in our garden) and bandage it to minor skin cuts. It always
worked. Never an infection, and the wound healed fast.
There are over
240 different species of Aloe. The best species to use for nutritional
value is Aloe barbadensis miller.
Other interesting info:
Aloe vera contains saponin, which acts as a
It has the ability to penetrate through all
layers of tissue. This is arrived from the lignums in Aloe Vera.
Works as a local anesthetic to relieve pain
both on the surface and deep into the surface including joint and
sore muscle pain.
It is bactericidal when it is maintained in
high concentration for several hours in direct contact with the
It is viruscidal when in direct contact in
high concentration for long periods of time.
It is fungicidal under the same conditions.
It is a hemostatic agent. Reduces bleeding
both topically and below the surface.
It is antipruritic, reducing the itching and
rashes from stinging plants & insects.
It is anti-inflammatory. Its action is
similar to that of a steroid, but with no side effects. All clinical
studies report extensive anti-inflammatory activity.
It provides a wide range of vitamins,
minerals, amino acids, Mucopolysaccharides and mucoprotein.
Mucopolysaccharides are very important for bodily function. One of
the functions is that it protects each cell of the body against the
invasion of organisms such as bacteria, fungus and virus. The body
slows down the production or completely eliminates this at puberty,
therefore we have to obtain the Mucopolysaccharides from our foods.
About the only foods that has any substantial amount of
Mucopolysaccharides and mucoprotiens are the crustaceans and
deep-sea cold water fish.
It dilates capillaries, increasing blood
supply in the area to which it is applied.
Proteolytic enzymes break down and digest
dead tissue and dead cells in all areas where applied, hastening the
degenerative phase of healing and allowing a more rapid healing.
The manner and the place of manufacturing
aloe vera products is extremely important! The gel of the Aloe
plant, when exposed to oxygen for a prolonged time (about four
hours) oxidizes - rendering it worthless. The benefits from aloe
vera products are rendered useless unless from harvesting to
manufacturing the finished product, the entire process has been
completed within four hours. If it takes longer then the product
might not have any nutritional value. Purchase aloe vera products
manufactured by companies that grow the plant themselves and
manufacture at the site and not from those who buy it in bulk.