Many people may already use the aloe vera plant for those small home emergencies, such as cuts, burns, sunburns, and scrapes.  Did you know that you can also use aloe vera internally, and gain even more benefits for your body?  The ancient Egyptians called it the plant of immortality, and the Native Americans called it the wand of heaven.  Read more to learn why.

aloe vera This simple plant contains more than 200 biologically active enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.  Aloe vera, according to The Journal of Environmental Science and Health, contains anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties that are beneficial in supporting your immune system to cleanse the body of invading pathogens and toxins.  It comes packed with vitamins, such as B1, B2, B3, B6, folic acid, choline, A, C, and E.  It is also valuable in helping the body to absorb and utilize B12.

This medicinal plant is an amazing little powerhouse. It contains minerals such as magnesium, chromium, sodium, potassium, manganese, calcium, zinc, selenium, iron, copper, and iron which all work together to increase metabolic pathways.   It also contains those important enzymes, lipase and amylase, which support the digestive system to break down sugar molecules and fats.  Twenty of the twenty-two essential amino acids your body requires, and the important salicylic acid needed to fight bacteria and inflammation are also packed into this amazing little medicinal plant.

aloe veraAloe vera has been proven to remove toxins from the kidneys, liver, stomach, spleen, colon, and bladder. It can provide relief from health issues such as upset stomach, intestinal inflammation, indigestion, and ulcers.  It has great medicinal benefits for those suffering from arthritis as it alleviates joint inflammation and also boosts the digestive tract.  It can also be used as a mouthwash to remove plaque just as effectively as those pharmaceutical brands of mouthwash, as well as heal mouth ulcers known as canker sores.

Are you impressed yet?  The aloe vera truly is a plant that offers a wide variety of medicinal benefits.  Hopefully you are now super motivated to give it a try.

aloe veraThe easiest and most delicious method is aloe juice, which you can find in many health food stores these days.  The juice can be added to your other juices or smoothies, or drink it as is.  It does have a bitter taste, so adding it to other juices or adding other products to the aloe juice does make it easier to enjoy.  It is important that you use the pure aloe juice which is made from the leaf or the inner gel-like substance.    It is also possible to buy the leaves at supermarkets, and these can be used in their morning smoothie.

But it is important to remember that this plant should be considered the same as any other ‘medicine’, and should be taken wisely and not indiscriminately.  Would you take any medicine without being properly informed, or if you really didn’t need it?  The same is true for aloe vera.  It is best to use this medicinal plant for short periods of time, and then give your body a rest.  The most important tip is to trust your body to ‘tell’ you what it needs, and when it needs it.

Your body has its own innate wisdom, and will let you know what it needs if you are willing to ‘listen’.  It will also let you know when the use of aloe vera is no longer needed.  A wise motto “more is not necessarily best” is a good reminder, and so only use it when it is needed.  One regular user found that after using the plant in her smoothies for a couple of weeks, she would get a gag reaction when taking it.  Certainly a very clear message from her body that it was done.

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