When we find something amazing, human tendency is to either hide it away to covet it just for ourselves or to shout it from the roof tops and share its beauty so that all may reap its rewards. Aloe Vera has been the victim of both. So let’s get to the root of the matter and explore what has been dubbed the Medicine Plant.
A rich past
The aloe plant was left to wilt in the dark for many a decade after its initial heyday when it was used by the Egyptians in their renowned beauty regimes and in their mummification rituals. Right up until the 18th and 19th century it was still one of the most popular over-the-counter remedies until, more recently, it was pushed into the darkness by conventional medicines, i.e. more “orthodox” options. Mainstream pill-popping took over as herbal medicine spiralled in decline.
But did Aloe really ever go? It uses are so vast and the people who use it are so diverse, there was no chance of keeping this wondrous plant out of the light for long. It never really disappeared… it is too powerful for that!
Weird and wonderful uses
1. To ward off evil
Aloe vera is used to give spiritual baths to block and ward off evil spirits. This method is observed in many spiritual belief systems across the world. The common consensus is that Aloe vera has the ability to block evil spirits.
2. To prolong beauty
This use should come as no surprise no wonder it is so powerful considering the ancient civilization of Egypt used it to preserves the integrity of the physical body during life and death. Aloe vera keeps the skin looking fresh for the living. It contains properties that maintains the collagen of the skin and prevents the elasticity from becoming loose. It was one of the ingredients in embalming fluid.
3. Re-calibrate our frequency system
Thank to its electrolytic properties it helps the cells that are experiencing blockages or that are not communicating with each other. This is because the plant contains electrolyte minerals, such as magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium, which support important physiological processes resulting from our nervous and cardiac systems.
Benefits of Aloe Vera
Aside from its use in spiritual and mummification rituals, there are real facts to support this miracle plant’s health benefits: (source PubMed)
- Helps Constipation
- Helps Burns, Scars, Cuts and Hair
- Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties
- Improves Digestion and Detoxifies the Body
- Aloe Vera is Anti-bacterial, Anti-septic, Anti-fungal and Anti-viral
- Aloe Vera is an Adaptogen
- Helps the Immune System
- Improves Circulation and Cardiovascular Health
- Protects the Kidneys
- Helps against Diabetes
- Facilitates Weight Loss
- Helps With Candida Overgrowth
- Slows the Growth of Cancer Tumors
- Increases Energy Levels
- Helps against Ulcers, Crohn’s Disease and IBS (Irritable Bowel Sydrome)
Yes it is a long list! And it is not exhaustive. Thanks to recent research and case studies, Aloe is back in its full glory; it is even growing in importance in the mainstream medical branch with its inclusion in a CAM report, which examines alternative and complementary medicine and determines how providers of such therapies and remedies, such as herbal medicine, can be regulated.
The Aloe plant has a rich and varied past, and I believe its future is likely to be equally as fruitful.
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