i find aloe vera most amazing plant in the universe. well truly i do not know all plants, but i know heaps of them, because i always love to be curious about them.
aloe vera is one of few plants which contain so popular vitamin b 12. i find some people take vitamin b 12 "medication or suplements" . i personally believe in fresh real aloe vera gell. here is some info on b12 from sweet mango: http://mangodurian.blogspot.com/search/label/b12
aloe vera was introduced me here in australia, i straight away fell in love with it. aloe vera and fruits are plants i love to have in my life. i used to read a lot about herbs from about the age of 25. i love their healing powers and the way they look.
once i began using aloe vera i was amazed by its strong healing powers. i find them to be universal.
from the books i read on just about aloe vera, and from my own experiences and experiences of the lucky ones whom used aloe vera thanks to my recomendation.
here is some info for ya...
history and folklore
the paintings of aloe vera plants fond on the temple and tomb walls of ancient egypt reflect that mans relationship with this plant dates back to around 4,000 b c
however, it was the greek an roman physicians, dioscorides and pliny around 60 a d, that have provided us with the most detailed documentation of aloe vera`s wide array of applications. these noted medics used the plant to heal wounds and skin abrasions, insect bites, boils, bruises, sore throats, bleeding gums, hemorrhoids, dysentery as well as a purgative.
not only that but legends have it that two of the most alluring egyptian queens, nefertiti and cleopatra, relied on aloe vera to maintain their unlined and youthful complexions.
aloe vera is a veritable storehouse of nutritional compounds which work together to give its powerful healing properties. these are some of those identified:
a b1b2 b3 b6 b12 ;D c e folic acid choline
calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, sodium, magnesium, manganese, copper, chromium, zinc,
mucopolysaccharides and polysacharides
|cellulose, glucose, mannose, aldonentose, hamnose, acemannan|
essential amino - acids
isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, valine
secondary amino - acids
aspartic acid, glutamic acid, alanine, arginine, cystine, glycine, histicline, hydroxyproline, proline serine, tyrosin
phosphatase, amylase, lipase, catalase, creatine phosphokinase, nucleotidase, cellulase, alkaline phosphatase, proteolytase
all unsaturated fatty acids, caprylic acid
other synergistic healing nutrients
lignin, saponins, anthraquinones
aloe vera has been described as a potent natural product which the body recognizes. with its synergistic enzymes it can be a very powerful force which help the body heal itself.
extensive scientific research in the united states and the former soviet union has been conducted to determine the pharmacological basis of aloe vera. hundreds of these scientific studies and journals were reviewed by dr bill coats f. ph . who then reported in his book the silent healer - a modern study of aloe vera that aloe vera has the following proprieties:
anti-inflammatory - counteracts or suppresses the inflammatory process
analgesic - relieves pain deep beneath the surface.
anti-pruitic - relieves itching
humectant - moisturizes, promoting retention of water in skin tissue.
proteolytic - enzymatically dissolves and digests damaged or dead tissue cells enhancing the process of healing.
regenerative - stimulates the growth of skin cells
antipyretic - relieves the heat of burns, inflammation and fever
absorbefacient - promotes absorption through tissues
fungistatic - inhibits replication of viruses
detoxifying - helps cleanse and purify the body
bacteriostatic - inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria and promotes the growth of healthy bacteria
more recently, in 1992, j c pittman wrote a short review and summary of the stimulatory nature of aloe vera on the immune system whereby he concluded - "acemannan, /a polysaccharide fraction found in aloe/ has direct effects on the immune system. activating and stimulating macrophages, monocytes, antibodies and t- cells"
the immune system of the stomach is one of the body`s first lines of defense against sickness, so a healthy immune system leads to a better state of health
for over 6 000 years dramatic improvements in many health problems have been ascribed to she daily use of aloe vera juice. the natural nutrients and other ingredient contained in the juice, supplement those of our bodies. these work synergistically to stimulate the natural healing mechanism of the body, improving tissue function at a cellular level. when the cells function more effectively it isn`t long before the whole body starts to respond.
aloe vera can be used internally for assisting the detoxification process, and as part of a recuperation programme for:
joint discomfort and associated conditions
heart burn and associated conditions
constipation and diarrhea
digestive disorders e. g. indigestion
scaly skin conditions e.g. eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis
deeply nourishing and revitalizing the skin
aloe vera gel can be used externally to assist in the healing of many conditions uncurling:
burns, scalds and sunburn
insect bites, plant and insect stings
scratches, scrapes and minor abrasions
skin care, softening and moisturizing
itchy rashes and scaly skin conditions eg. psoriasis, eczema and other kin irritation
also very effective in dentistry and injury healing
to nourish and beautify
upon application, aloe vera deeply penetrates the many layers of the skin. it delivers nutrients and moisture to the newly formed skin cells, which helps prevent the loss of collagen and elastin fibers that age the skin
aloe vera is universally acclaimed to be one of the most effective ways to rejuvenate the appearance of your skin
it also help rebalance skin pH, acts as a gentle astringent, firming and toning, as well as protecting the skin against blemishes. it does this by dissolving away dry, dead surface skin cells that clog and dull your complexion and interfere with normal oxygen exchange
as a moisturiser, aloe vera works in two ways. firstly, through is polyaccharides, it creates a barrier that prevents moisture loss, so the kin remains moist for a longer period of time.
secondly, it can carry nutrients and moisture through the many layers of the skin down to the dermis, which is the heart of nourishment for the skin. in the dermis, fibroblasts are then stimulated to produce collagen. it is the breakdown, or loss, of collagen that contributes to the visible signs of aging. fibroblast cells are responsible for the manufacture of collage, the protein that supports the skin, keeping it firm and supple.
to assist in skin healing
research conducted at the university of chicago hospital and wayne state university in detriot, by john p heggers, ph. d., martin c robson, m.d, and other researchers, has shown that using aloe vera to treat thermal injuries can retard the effects of the burn and revitalize damaged skin cells.
a research study at the shriner`s burn institute, showed 82% tissue survival when aloe vera was applied to the injured area. the simultaneous use of aloe vera juice taken internally and applied topically to a burn of the skin may result in more rapid healing than external application alone.
the survivors of nagasaki and hiroshima were helped by the regular use of aloe vera, which soothed and healed their radiation burns.
aloe vera heals x - ray radiation as well.
aloe vera; nature`s soothing healer - dianne gage
aloe vera; the natural healer - paul hernsey-pennell
aloe vera; nature`s legendary healer - alasdair barcroft
the health and medical use of aloe vera - lawrence g. plaskett
effect of orally consumed aloe vera juice on gastrointestinal function in normal human - jeffrey bland, ph. d.
miscellaneous scientific papers from fujita health univestity, japan and the university of texas medical school.
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