Aloe vera is a sexy plant, and the medicinal benefits are many. This plant can be used externally for wounds, burns, psoriasis, or itching, but it is the internal uses that I hope you like the most. The inside of the plant has a gelatinous texture that helps to heal and soothe any irritation you might have in your digestive tract. Remember that the digestive tract starts at the mouth and ends at your anus. If there is any irritation, this jelly-like substance will adhere to the wound and help it to heal. It is great for ulcers, acid reflux, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Aloe is also an adaptogen (help in dealing with stress) so if you have diarrhea it will help heal that or if you have constipation it will help with that as well. Aloe Vera is also antifungal, antimicrobial, and can kill parasites in the digestive tract, so you don’t get H-Pylori later in life. If you have already gotten H-Pylori, you might want to start drinking aloe to prevent you from getting it again. Once you have been diagnosed with H-pylori, the doctors will put you on a very strong dose of three antibiotics to kill it but since the bacteria can hide anywhere along your digestive tract you will be very susceptible to getting it again. Aloe is also very alkalizing to the body which will help to keep you healthy. Cancer, viruses, bacteria, and diseases can’t grow if your body is in an alkaline state. The rule of thumb is you want your diet to be 80% alkaline and only 20% acid, but the Standard Kenyan Diet has off-late been consisting of foods that are more acidic so our ratio is usually 80% acid and 20% alkaline. This can lead to sicknesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and autoimmune diseases, especially of the digestive tract or intestines.
This plant is also great for keeping you looking young and healthy. You can use it on your skin externally but if you take it internally, it will help your skin remain moist and supple way past the 50-year marker. Aloe can also help if you are suffering from bleeding gums after a chemo treatment. I recommend blending 1 part aloe and 1 part mint together in the blender and then pouring the liquid into ice trays and putting them in the freezer. They won’t freeze completely but they will be a cool, gelatinous cube that will feel refreshing and cooling to the gums, and when you swallow it the whole digestive tract will benefit.
An extract from a letter Gandhi wrote to his biographer: “You ask me, ‘What were the secret forces which sustained me during my long fasts?’ Well, it was my unshakable faith in God, my simple and frugal lifestyle, and the Aloe plant whose benefits I discovered upon my arrival in South Africa at the end of the 19th century.”
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Extracted from “50 SHADES OF HERBS: THE BEST NATURAL REMEDIES FOR BETTER SEX, BETTER SLEEP, AND MORE ENERGY By MICHELLE O’SHAUGHNESSY”