Aloe grows in 200 species in Africa, America, Asia and Europe. The gel of raw aloe has vitamins A, C and E, the minerals, sulfur, calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, and chromium and antioxidants, fiber, amino acids, enzymes, sterols, lignins, and polysaccharides. Wowwwwwww. Tell me that isn’t awesome? I can barely pronounce any of that shit, but I KNOW it’s oh sooooo good!
The polysaccharides lubricate our joints, brain, nervous system and the skin. Aloe is great for digestive problems, something many of us tend to suffer from. Even more Aloe awesomeness, is it’s ability to kill candida (yeast). Something women especially should be very aware of and can appreciate. Aloe ALSO reduces inflammation, radiation sickness, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. And here I grew up thinking Aloe was nothing more than this bottled up goop that I applied to my skin when I was a crispy shade of sunburned. When I was kid in Colombia I would head on over to the neighbor’s house, cut a piece of aloe from his tree (and my finger at the same time) and bring the plant to my aunt who would then put the gel in my hair. YUPPPP thats how we do ittttt!!!!
Aloe Vera is also an adaptogen. Adaptogens help to balance blood sugar and enhance the liver, digestive system and skin. Externally, aloe vera can be used topically to heal the skin. Acne, bites, stings, cuts, rashes, scars, wounds, stretch marks, infections and burns can all be treated by the rockin’ gel. Just apply to the affected area for a few hours a day. You can purchase aloe in whole leaves, bottled as gel or water, dried powder or lotions. Tons of options!
Do you steal your neighbor’s aloe plant for your own vanity reasons too? If not, (lame-os) how do you use Aloe Vera?