Why Egyptians Called Aloe Vera “The Plant Of Immortality”?
Aloe Vera long time has been a popular houseplant. There are 300 or more different species of Aloe. Miller commonly referred to as Aloe vera, is especially noted for its amazing healing abilities. Aloe Vera is a plant of many surprises. It flourishes in warm and dry climates.
The etymology of the word Aloe is Arabic; It’s derived from the Arabic word “Alloeh,” which means: “shining bitter substance.” While the word “vera” stems from Latin and means “true.” 6,000 year old stone carvings containing images of Aloe vera plants have been found in Egypt, where Aloe vera was known as the “plant of immortality”.
According to legend, Egyptian queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra used it as part of their regular beauty regimes. Alexander the Great and Christopher Columbus used it to treat soldiers’ wounds.
Aloe vera contains over 200 biologically active, naturally occurring constituents which include polysaccharides, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and minerals that promote nutrient absorption.
Although the solid portion of the plant forms only 1%-1.5%, the rest being water, this small amount of active ingredient can produce a substantial effect.
Aloe vera contains many minerals vital to the growth process and healthy function of all the body’s systems. It’s loaded with calcium,magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper, and manganese. These minerals work together to boost metabolic pathways.
Aloe vera also contains many significant enzymes like amylase and lipase aid in digestion by breaking down fat and sugar molecules.
Aloe Vera is one of the only known natural vegetarian sources of Vitamin B12, needed for the production of red blood cells. This fact is especially beneficial for vegetarians and vegans, who often lack B12 due to their regular diet. Still, do not forget that aloe vera is just one example of ingredient that contains this vitamin, so you should not rely on aloe vera solely when it comes to your daily requirements of B12. other researches have also proven that consumption of aloe vera increases the bioavailability of vitamin B12, which means that it will be easier for your body to absorb and utilize this vitamin, thus preventing its deficiency. Besides vitamin B12, aloe vera also contains significant amounts of vitamins A, E, C, B1, B2, B6, B3 (niacin), choline, and folic acid.
Out of the 22 essential amino acids that the human body needs, 20 are found in the aloe vera plant. This plant is also a great source of salicylic acid, needed for combating bacteria and inflammations
Other Uses For Aloe
Aloe vera is not only an excellent body cleanser but also beneficial for removing toxins from the stomach, spleen, kidneys, liver, bladder, and colon, but it also offers efficient relief from more immediate ailments, like upset stomach, indigestion, ulcers, and gut inflammations. Aloe vera makes the digestive tract stronger and eases joint inflammation, which makes it a great option for people who suffer from arthritis.
A study revealed that aloe vera juice can be used as a mouthwash and eliminate the plaque as the common mouthwash does, thanks to its active ingredient, chlorhexidine. Compared to the common mouthwash, aloe vera gel is much better as it is totally natural and does not contain any chemicals and harmful ingredients.
Aloe vera is also highly efficient for treating mouth ulcers, also known as cold sores.
The Structure of the leaf is basically made up of:
• The Rind – is the tough outer layer and is where the synthesis and production of all the nutrients in Aloe Vera takes place
• The Sap – is bitter and contains anthraquinones (latex)
• The Mucilage layer – is rich in long chain sugars called polysaccharides
• The Inner Leaf Gel – is sterile and can be used immediately and contains the majority of nutrients in the Aloe Vera plant
Aloe vera is used medicinally both externally and internally. Aloe vera is the single most healing of all the herbs. It’s anti-cancer, anti-parasitic, and it repairs DNA. It protects us from viruses and bacteria.
How to use it:
For medicinal use – you need to take 30 ml three times a day internally after consulting your naturopath.
For topical use – here’s what you need to do: first, you need to clean and cut the leaf lengthwise and rub the gel directly to your wound several times a day until fully healed.
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