Aloe vera is an evergreen medicinal plant of the lily family that has a bactericidal, immunostimulating, choleretic and antibacterial effect.
The healing properties of aloe are due to its constituent components. So, the plant contains:
- Beta carotene;
- Vitamins C and E;
- Acids: citric, malic, cinnamic, amber, L-coumar, chrysophane, isolimone, hyaluronic, salicylic, etc .;
- Minerals: phosphorus, calcium, potassium, iron, chlorine, magnesium, manganese, zinc, chromium, copper and others;
- Amino acids: methionine, threonine, lysine, leucine, valine, phenylalanine, isoleucine and others;
- Sugar (glucose and fructose), polysaccharides (including cellulose and uric acid);
- Vitamins of group B: thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), nicotinic acid (B3), folic acid (B9), cyanocobalamin (B12);
- Antraglycosides: rabarberon, nataloin, aloin, emodin, homonataloin;
- Resinous compounds;
- Flavonoids (including catechins);
- Traces of essential oils.
Useful properties of aloe
Aloe can be used as a laxative, choleretic, tonic, bactericidal, wound healing and regenerating, anti-inflammatory, anesthetic, antifungal and antibacterial.
Proved that aloe vera:
- Whets appetite;
- Improves metabolism;
- Strengthens the immune system;
- Improves digestion;
- Eliminates disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, including irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea and constipation;
- Accelerates the natural healing processes of the skin with burns, cuts and other injuries;
- It prevents the formation of scars and scars;
- Improves skin condition (due to the tightening and moisturizing action);
- Removes redness and itching.
Indications for use of aloe
Both in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals and in traditional medicine, fresh leaves of the plant, sabur (condensed juice), extract and aloe juice are used.
Scientifically confirmed that aloe has an immunostimulating effect, increases the body's defenses. It can be used as an antitoxic agent that removes poisons and toxins from the body. This plant breaks down cholesterol plaques and reduces blood cholesterol levels.
Aloe is a good natural antiseptic and analgesic. It has long been used as a healing agent for the treatment of purulent wounds, burns, trophic ulcers. Juice not only eliminates inflammatory processes, but also helps the body to recover quickly after an illness.
The bactericidal properties of aloe are effective against bacteria such as intestinal, dysenteric and diphtheria bacillus, staphylococcus and streptococcus. It is used in surgery, prescribed in the postoperative period, with irradiation.
Aloe sabur is used to treat chronic and atonic constipation, as it has a mild laxative effect, in small doses it strengthens the separation of bile and improves digestion. Preparations made on the basis of this plant are intended for the treatment of chronic colitis and gastritis, characterized by a decrease in gastric acidity. Aloe has a positive effect on the work of the adrenal cortex and pancreas. The juice of the plant relieves inflammation in the bile ducts, normalizes the gallbladder.
Liquid aloe extract is a biogenic stimulant that improves cellular metabolism, nutrition and tissue repair. It is recommended to be used for gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer, eye diseases, bronchial asthma, cough, whooping cough and even pulmonary tuberculosis.
Due to tannins, aloe has a hemostatic effect. Antibacterial and wound-healing properties of aloe are used in otolaryngology (including for the treatment of rhinitis), dentistry and gynecology.
Also, aloe is often used in the complex treatment of allergic diseases. This is due to the fact that it contains catechins - a natural component that helps the body to "accept" allergens.
It is advisable to use aloe with diabetes, metabolic disorders, pancreatitis, and as an adjuvant - even for some forms of cancer.
Use aloe vera and with neurosis, asthenic conditions, headaches.
The use of aloe and drugs, which include it, is contraindicated in:
- Pregnant women;
- In acute disorders of the digestive tract;
- People with severe cardiovascular diseases;
- Patients with any chronic disease in the acute stage.
Homemade aloe medicine
To excite the appetite, improve the digestion and in order to restore the body after suffering a serious illness, it is recommended to take this remedy: 150 g of aloe juice mixed with 250 g of honey and 350 g of strong red appearance, insist for 5 days. Take before meals 3-4 times a day and 1 tablespoon.
To cure a runny nose, including in young children, fresh aloe juice will help - it is necessary to drip 1-5 drops into each nostril every 3-4 hours.
If you have a sore throat, you need to rinse it with an aqueous solution of aloe, mixing the juice and water in equal proportions. After the procedure, it is advisable to drink 1 tsp. pure juice with warm milk.
As a natural laxative, you can use such a remedy: chop 150 g of aloe leaves (after cutting the spines from them) pour 300 g of pre-heated honey and mix. Insist for 24 hours, heat and strain. The mixture must be taken by 1 tsp. an hour before meals every morning.
For the healing of ulcers, wounds, frostbite and other skin damage, you can use the ointment prepared according to this recipe: mix the juice of the leaves and honey, taken in equal amounts. Add pure alcohol - at the rate of 1 tbsp. l on one glass of the mixture. Keep the ointment to be in the refrigerator.