Aloe Vera: Why "Nature's Potted Physician" is a powerful medicinal plant
Ancient healers referred to the Aloe Vera plant as, "Nature's Potted Physician".
It was a term that perfectly acknowledged the incredible, natural medicinal qualities of a plant put on earth especially by mother nature for the benefit of human health and healing.
The juice derived from the Aloe Vera plant is a powerful internal remedy for constipation, intestinal worms, stomach ulcers, asthma, inflammation, infections and a poorly functioning immune system, whilst the gel extracted from the cells inside the leaf is extremely effective for alleviating skin conditions, including cold sores, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn and more!
A green, triangular plant with serrated leaves and packed full of succulent 'gel', the Aloe Vera plant contains a rich array of active nutritional components, including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, anti-oxidants and amino acids, as well as "anthraquinones" compounds that are known for their naturally stimulating laxative effect.
Some specific benefits of including "Nature's Potted Physician" in your medicine cabinet at home and including her as part of your Self Care regime include:
Eliminating Age Spots
Aloe vera gel is a natural 'skin beauty treatment' that has stood the test of time. When the clear liquid is pressed from the thick, fleshy leaves of the aloe vera plant and applied topically, it promotes the growth of healthy, new skin cells.
Just be sure to choose your source carefully, because Aloe Vera gel that has been processed and commercialised will not work as effectively. Use an trusted source like that we use in my Skin's Love Potion or get your hands on an Aloe Vera plant from your local nursery and extract the gel yourself straight from the plant at home whenever you need it!
Relief from Burns, Insect Bites & Rashes
Applying aloe vera gel direct from an aloe plant once the burn is cool, will provide quick pain relief.
I'd recommend having an Aloe Vera plant at home, so that you have access to it should you need it at any time to alleviate burns, insect bites, rashes, razor burn (from shaving) when they may arise.
Simply slice off a piece of leaf and apply the gel inside directly to the affected area. Another effective addition to using aloe vera gel for burns and bites is a high quality Essential Lavender Oil or a clean dressing soaked in cool chamomile tea. Add ice to the tea to cool more rapidly. This will reduce pain and inflammation and soothe the skin.
Help Heal Cold Sores, Eczema, Psoriasis & Herpes
Many external skin conditions, like Acne, Eczema and Psoriasis, are typically a 'last resort' indicator that your body is trying to eliminate toxicities occurring in your body, and in these cases, fasting is the the number one remedy.
However, due to it's powerful anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral properties, in addition to fasting or going on a raw plant food diet, applying Aloe Vera directly from a plant or using my Skin's Love Potion can help soothe the skin and speed up the healing process.
Other natural remedies that can assist in addition to this are:
- Sea Salt and Essential Oil Baths before bed time e.g. my Detox Bath Salts;
- Lightly applying exfoliates containing Sea Salt and Essential Oils in the shower, and then patting dry e.g. my Renew Salt Scrub and then applying my Divine Body Butter or cold pressed Coconut Oil;
- Drinking 1 shot glass full of extra virgin olive oil every morning or evening or mopping it with wholegrain bread and eating.
Oily Hair, Dandruff & Itchy Scalp
Combine 1/2 teaspoon full of aloe vera gel direct from an aloe plant with a tablespoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice and combine with a good organic shampoo (the same amount you'd normally use when washing your hair), before massaging into your scalp and rinsing well.
Internal Digestive & Anti-Inflammatory Aid
Drinking the juice of the aloe vera plant can be extremely beneficial in helping heal digestive problems like Constipation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Candida, Stomach Ulcers, assisting the body to break down food for rapid cellular uptake and restoring the ecology and acid/alkaline balance in the digestive tract.
Additionally, aloe vera's anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties is extremely effective in warding off infections and boosting the immune system.
Find a good source of Aloe Vera juice, or if you haven't already, get your hands on my Joule' of Thor (which also contains medicinal gold flakes and organic cinnamon leaf oil) and take a shot regularly in the morning, or whenever you feel like your immunity is weakening.