After God created the world, he created a beautiful garden. This Garden was full of beautiful flowers and succulent fruits and small animals. And in this Garden, God made Adam and, from Adam’s ribs, God made Eve. And somewhere in this beautiful garden, God made aloe vera. And God saw that it was good.
Ok. So maybe aloe vera is not mentioned in the story of Adam and Eve, but it sure has a long history. Ancient Chinese and Egyptians used it to treat burns, wounds and reduce fever. It is said that Alexander the Great conquered the island of Socotra off Africa to get aloe to treat his soldiers for battle wounds. Egyptian beauty queens, including Cleopatra, used them to enhance their complexions and, in 1944, Japanese used it to soothe their wounds resulting from exposure to the A-bomb.
What is Aloe Vera?
Known as the natural healer, aloe vera is most commonly found in warm and dry climates. Although it looks like a cactus with thorny leaves, it is actually a member of the Lily family. It possesses the unusual ability of being able to close its pores to prevent moisture loss and stays moist while other plants die. ( Can we invent something so that humans can do this?) The lower leaf of the plant is used for medicinal purposes and, when sliced open, produces gels that can be applied to the skin. The leaves and seeds are edible.
Cool Ways to Use Aloe Vera
Is there anything this plant can’t do? While most commonly known to treat minor wounds and burns, the aloe vera plant can also be used to treat:
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): A study done at the Royal London Hospital found an improvement of 38% of patients suffering Ulcerative Collitis who were treated with aloe vera., as opposed to 8% who were given a placebo.
- Asthma: Boil some leaves in a pan of water and breathe in.
- Constipation: The aloe juice taken from the tubules are dried, becoming granules that are dark brown in color. (Do you get where this is going?)
- Aging skin: After being absorbed in the skin, aloe vera stimulates fibroblast cells that produce collagen and elastin. Drink in a tea or apply directly.
- Bad breath: A 2014 study showed that the vitamin c in aloe vera can block plaque, provide relief to bleeding gums and freshen breath.
- Bacteria on Fruit: A recent study showed aloe vera, when used to coat tomatoes and apples was able to block many types of bacteria. It could be used as an alternative to harmful chemical to keep fruit fresh.
- Diabetes: According to a study in Thailand, two tablespoons of the juice per day caused blood sugar levels to fall in people with type 2 diabetes
Well, hallelujah! I don’t know if this stuff is sacred or not, but I am definitely a believer! Also good for cancer, arthritis and looking lovely in the home or office as a plant, aloe vera is a miracle!