How can aloe be used at home?
There are many plants whose properties amaze and surprise. These include aloe, it has long been considered a symbol of health and longevity. And how to use such a plant, extracting maximum benefit?
What is this plant?
Africa is considered the birthplace of aloe, but today you can literally meet it everywhere, as many grow it at home in pots. It looks like a small bush with many long, dense and fleshy leaves with prickles on the sides (although there are different types, each of them has its own characteristics).
The name Aloe from Arabic literally translates as "bitter", and its plant received it for its characteristic taste.
But even the bitterness did not scare away people, and they decided to try aloe in the business, and they did it for a reason. Even Hippocrates appreciated this plant and advised him to use many of his patients.
To this day, the leaves and the pulp are used for the preparation of various means for the prevention and treatment of a wide variety of diseases. Make of pulp and various cosmetics.And in some countries, leaves are added to salads and other dishes. Here is a universal plant.
The composition of aloe is truly unique and incredibly rich. This is what includes: anthraquinone, saccharides, phytoncides, resins, enzymes, sterols, resins, essential oils, organic acids, vitamins B6, B1, B2, C, A, E, zinc, iron, potassium, copper, sodium, calcium, chromium, magnesium, manganese and more.
We list the unique beneficial properties of aloe, which make it effective and useful for a variety of purposes and areas:
- Long since leaves of an aloe applied to wounds, burns and ulcers. And this is no accident, because such a plant has wound-healing, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, using aloe, you can dull the pain.
- The plant has an antibacterial effect and is able to fight against certain types of pathogenic microorganisms, such as streptococci, staphylococci, and also causative agents of dysentery and diphtheria. Also worth noting is the antifungal effect.
- Aloe is very useful for the digestive system: it stimulates the intestinal peristalsis, speeds up the processes of digestion of food, increases appetite.And some use the plant in the treatment of peptic ulcer disease (remember the healing wound-healing effect).
- This plant is widely used to treat diseases of the oral cavity and upper respiratory tract. For example, you can cure a cold, burying juice in the nose, or a sore throat, by rinsing. Also treatable with aloe and such unpleasant diseases as stomatitis or periodontitis.
- This is an excellent general tonic that can be used in rehabilitation after severe and serious illnesses or after operations. It is advisable to use aloe and with exhaustion.
- The plant is useful for immunity, as it contains vitamin C, without which normal and proper functioning of the immune system would be impossible.
- Volatile substances that are part of - are volatile substances that are able to fight viruses. So aloe is an effective means of preventing and treating viral infections.
- Scientists have proved that with regular use of the plant inside can reduce blood sugar levels.
- If you use aloe, you can prevent the development of anemia and even improve the condition, if such a disease already exists.
- Substances that make up the plant, firstly, strengthen the walls of blood vessels, and secondly, have a positive effect on the blood formation process. Due to this, blood circulation and blood supply to all tissues and organs are significantly improved, which improves the functioning of the whole organism.
- Aloe can also be used for some gynecological problems and diseases.
- Regular consumption helps to normalize and speed up metabolic processes, which, in turn, allows you to control and reduce weight. So aloe can be used for weight loss.
Harm and contraindications
Like any plant, aloe has some contraindications:
- Digestive disorders, some diseases of the digestive organs (only when consumed orally).
- Oncological diseases (such a plant accelerates almost all processes in the body, so that the growth of cancer cells can begin).
- It should be more careful during pregnancy, especially in its early stages (there is a risk of interruption).
- Hypertensives when taken orally should also be careful.
- It is not worth the risk for any bleeding, as well as a tendency to them.
It is worth noting that allergic reactions may occur. And with the abuse and exceeding the recommended dosages may begin diarrhea.
How to use?
Aloe can be used in many different areas. As already noted, in some countries it is used even in cooking, but for us it is not very familiar. But other applications are available.
Prevention and treatment of diseases
It is worth noting that for the preparation of various means it is best to use the most fleshy lower leaves. And if the plant is not watered for several days and then put the leaves in the fridge, then all substances are activated, which will make the use of the plant more effective.
We offer several recipes:
- Some decide to make injections. But for injections, not ordinary aloe juice is used, but a special solution based on this plant in ampoules. Only a specialist can give injections, and they are effective for diseases of the digestive organs, eyes, respiratory organs, and also for purulent inflammations.
- Prepare aloe juice. To do this, tear off the lower leaves, put them in the refrigerator for a week, then chop them finely, put them in gauze and squeeze out all the liquid.Ready juice can be used for instillation in the nose with a cold, for the treatment of wounds and burns, for rinsing in the treatment of angina (in this case, you need to dilute the juice with water in a ratio of 1: 1).
- With colds and various infections, alcohol tincture is excellent. To make it, tear off the leaf of aloe, remember it or slice and pour 100 milliliters of vodka or alcohol diluted with water (in a 1: 1 ratio). Send the container to a dark, cool place for a week or two, then strain and take a teaspoon three times a day after eating, drinking water.
- For stomach ulcers or to improve digestion for two to three weeks, take a teaspoon half an hour before meals three times a day.
- If you want to strengthen immunity, then prepare such an effective home remedy: take a sheet of aloe, chop it on a blender or pass through a meat grinder, add a tablespoon of honey and leave the mass for a day. Take a tablespoon in the morning and evening after meals.
- For the treatment of cough, you can use a mixture of onion juice and aloe. Crush a leaf of aloe and ¼ bulbs, squeeze juice through gauze and take it three times a day for a teaspoon after a meal.
There are many different recipes for effective cosmetics:
- Hair mask (especially for the weak and thin). Mix one tablespoon of natural honey, castor or burdock oil and aloe juice. Apply the resulting composition first on the root zone, rubbing the mass into the scalp, and then spread over the entire length. Leave for an hour, you can wrap the head with a towel (after wrapping it with a film). After a specified time, wash your hair. Similar masks with honey help strengthen hair with regular use.
- Face mask against wrinkles and loose skin. Crush a leaf of aloe, mix the resulting gruel with one tablespoon of olive oil. Apply the composition to the skin of the face and leave there for half an hour, and then wash with warm water.
- For acne, you can wash the aloe juice mixed with vodka or water (for sensitive skin) or wipe the problem areas with a cotton pad dipped in juice. In this case, also help lotions and compresses.
- If the skin is dry, mix the aloe juice with sour cream and apply it all on your face for half an hour, then rinse.
Let the unique properties of aloe help you stay healthy and beautiful!
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