Aloe-ha, super plant
Aloe vera is an extraordinary plant and is possibly the most widely used healing and beautifying element in history. It looks like a cactus, but actually belongs to the same lily family as onions and garlic.
The relationship between man and this plant dates back to around 4000BC when it was used to help natural healing of battle wound.
However, it was the Greek and Roman authors Dioscorides and Pliny around 60AD that provided us with the most detailed documentation of aloe vera’s wide array of application. They commented that the plant was used extensively to benefit both external and internal health.
There are over 280 different species found, but Aloe Barbadensis has the best and most clearly researched health promoting properties.
From its soothing effect on dry and chafed skin to its settling effect on the digestion aloe vera has been used widely for promoting optimum health.
Moreover, two of the most alluring legendary egyptian queens, Nefertiti and Cleopatra, relied on aloe vera to maintain their unlined and youthful complexion by both drinking the juice and bathing in it.
Many of us know that aloe vera is a potent wound healing remedy and skin beautifying agent on application.
In fact, it also provides amazing healing properties when it is taken orally. Through the years people have been taking aloe vera to relieve the symptoms of indigestion, especially in Australasia.
Indigestion is a common health problem for new modern people. The person who has indigestion problems may experience discomfort like stomach ache, bloatedness, belching, gas, flatulence, nausea or vomiting whenever a meal is taken, even light snack.
There are various reasons for indigestion: > Unhealthy diet – eat too fast or too much, irregular meals, too much of oily, spicy or processed food > Stressful lifestyle – stress from work, household, traffic, etc > excess alcoholic drinks > Smoking > Consistent fatigue
The symptoms of indigestion can become intolerably painful and could indicate more serious health problems like gastritis, irritable bowel movement (IBM), heartburn or more.
Aloe vera helps to relieve indigestion problems by restoring balance of the digestive system with several ways:
> Soothes the stomach and intestine to reduce the irritating reaction
> Maintains healthy bacteria
Two of the most alluring legendary Egyptian queens, Nefertiti and Cleopatra, relied on aloe vera to maintain their youthful complexion.
environment in stomach for better nutrient absorption
> Settles stomach upset and pains with its anti-inflammatory compounds
> Improves the regularity of bowel for better waste elimination
The consumption of aloe vera has to be done with caution due to a component called Aloin found between the leaf skin and inner gel. Aloin has proven to cause strong purgative and laxative effects unsuitable to those with a sensitive digestive system.
Therefore, only the inner gel is viable for indigestion without irritating the stomach.
Besides the benefits of soothing, aloe vera also is a plant with very strong survival characteristics. It can survive for months by relying on the nutrients from the gel inside the leaves. It contains rich nutrition and water in the inner gel of the leaves which is the aloe vera’s lifeblood.
There are more than 100 minerals, enzymes, vitamins and other nutrient compounds that are only available in Aloe Vera.
This give rise to a wide array of natural health applications. There are many who use aloe vera in a more convenient way, which is made into ready use form for topical and oral products. The quality, however, may vary due to the species of aloe vera chosen, the parts of leaves used and the method of process. The International Aloe Science Council (IASC) is a non-profit trade organisation for aloe vera industry worldwide and serves as liaison and a source of information for research, development and promotion of aloe vera and associated products.
In their certification programme for raw materials and finished products, they protect consumers from companies that use adulterated aloe and from making false product claims.
It presents an assurance to customers of the quality of the aloe vera they are purchasing.
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Aloe Vera helps to relieve indigestion by restoring balance of the digestive