What Aloe Vera Does To Your Body: Why The Egyptians Called it The Plant of Immortality

Aloe barbadensis, commonly known as Aloe Vera, is widely known for its potent healing properties. While it looks similarly to cactus, it belongs to the family of liliaceous plants and is indigenous to subtropical regions and deserts. Amazingly, 6,000-year-old stone carvings containing images of Aloe vera plants have been found in Egypt, where Aloe vera was known as the “plant of immortality.”

The plants itself consists of the rind (tough outer layer), the sap (containing anthraquinones), the mucilage layer (packed with polysaccharides), and the inner leaf gel (containing the majority of nutrients in the Aloe Vera plant).

The potency of Aloe vera is due to its rich variety of ingredients which are present in perfect balance and work together as a team. Although the solid portion of the plant forms only 1%-1.5%, the rest being water, this small amount of active ingredient can produce a substantial effect. The only way to account for this is to accept the philosophy of synergism within the plant. Synergism means that the effect of the whole is greater than the effects of the component parts, so although individual members of the team could only have an effect, together they can achieve a great deal more.”

People have long used it to treat wounds, digestive issues, hair loss, and hemorrhoids. These days, aloe has an entire industry behind it. Its juice is used in personal-care and cosmetic products, such as soap, suntan lotion, shaving cream, moisturizers, and more.  The gel is probably the first product that comes to your mind, and you have probably used it to soothe a sunburn.

DIY Aloe Vera Gel

You will need:                 

  • 6 Aloe leaves
  • A clean sharp knife
  • A clean cutting board and work surface
  • A clean Glass container
  • Food processor or blender
  • Paper towels
  • Spoon and spatula

Instructions:

  • Wash the hands well as well as work surface and utensils
  • Choose leaves which are mature fleshy, and thick.  The largest and oldest leaves near the bottom of the plant are the best
  • Take a sharp knife and remove the leaves, making sure you don’t harm the entire plant
  • Rinse the outer skin of the leaves and place the cut leaves in a bowl at a 45-degree angle in order to allow the juice to drain out
  • Remove the serrated edges and skin.  Place the concave side down on a cutting board and slice around the perimeter to expose the gel in between.   Flip the leaf over and repeat with the other side
  • Remove the gel from each leaf and place it in a clean jar
  • Transfer the gel into a food processor and process until it’s uniformly mixed
  • Store in a fridge

Use:

  • For internal use of aloe gel, 30 ml three times daily for adults
  • Take 2 ounces (4 Tbsp) per serving alone or mixed with a favorite juice 2 times daily
  • For serious conditions take up to 8 ounces daily

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