Aloe - medicinal types and effective recipes
Aloe is the same “grandmother’s flower” that each of us has known since childhood. And indeed, there are few families where this domestic healer-agave (this is also called this plant) would not be grown. Sometimes growing to an impressive size, it often obscures the window and gives trouble to the owners who do not know what to do with it. But it can and should be used! The valuable qualities possessed by aloe are not inherent in any other indoor plant. What types of aloe can be used for medicinal purposes, and how best to do this, we will tell in this article.
Therapeutic types of aloe
Aloe genus is numerous xerophytes and succulents. Perennials in nature are found in the form of grassy leafy, shrubby and even tree-like forms. There are a lot of varieties of aloe, but they all come from the tropics of southern Africa, Madagascar and the Arabian Peninsula.
The main feature of aloe is the thick xiphoid leaves. It is in them that the plant accumulates moisture, which allows it to survive drought and other natural disasters. Under difficult weather conditions, aloe closes the pores of the skin, so that the water accumulated in the leaves is stored for a rather long time, without evaporating and without drying out the plant.
On sale you can find various types of aloe, but many of them are decorative flower shapes. Only two types have healing qualities - Aloe Vera and Aloe treelike.
Aloe vera (Aloe vera) - one of the types of plants that would be more correct to call aloe present. But both names are used equally.
Aloe present is a short-stemmed succulent plant. Thick fleshy leaves form a dense rosette, which in natural conditions grows up to 60 cm in diameter. Aloe vera leaves are grayish with small spots on the surface. The edges of the leaf plate are covered with small spines. The root system is poorly developed. Aloe vera flowers are tubular, of different shades of orange, but you can see them only in natural conditions - your “doctor” will not want to bloom on the windowsill.
Aloe tree (Aloe arborescens) may take the form of a tree or shrub and in nature often reaches five meters in height. The trunk is covered with long fleshy leaves with soft spikes along the edges. In an adult plant, the lower leaves fall off, and the bare trunk is covered by numerous basal offspring, making the aloe look like a spreading bush.
During aloe bloom, a long whisk appears with bright orange flowers. At home, it rarely blooms, and the size of a houseplant is much more modest.
The healing properties of aloe
Aloe is a unique medicinal plant. Its chemical composition is unique - the juice of the plant contains about two hundred and fifty active biological substances. Aloe leaves are 97% water - the very juice, which is a concentrate of nutrients.
Aloe juice contains:
- vitamins A, C, E and B vitamins;
- trace elements - zinc, manganese, phosphorus, calcium, selenium, potassium, iron, and others;
- various essential oils, including esters;
- volatile and flavonoids;
- tanning agents and resins;
- amino acids;
- beta carotene;
- alkaloids and other beneficial substances.
According to the content of nutrients, the juices of arboreal aloe and aloe vera are approximately the same, but it is believed that the former treats skin diseases more successfully, and the latter treats diseases of the internal organs.
Aloe is a very unpretentious plant and it would be a desire to grow it under the power of everyone. This plant can grow in a close pot for years and withstand the lack of care on the part of the owners. But in order for the healing properties of aloe to be at a level, the plant must be provided with nutritious soil and timely top dressing.
The use of aloe in medicine
Aloe juice for the treatment of various ailments has been used since ancient times. The physicians of antiquity and the priests of ancient Egypt prepared their potions with the addition of the juice of this plant and saved their patients from many diseases. Modern medicine confirms the healing properties of aloe and uses it to create various medicines.
Folk healers use aloe juice in its pure form or with the addition of medical alcohol, as well as plant leaves, extract and Sabur (one stripped off juice). Of great importance is the age of the plant - it must be at least 3 years old. The older the aloe, the more beneficial substances its leaves contain.
Due to its bactericidal properties, aloe juice is used for streptococcal and staphylococcal infections. The ability of a plant to accelerate tissue regeneration is used in the treatment of purulent and infected wounds and cuts, various inflammatory diseases and radiation. The components of the juice are active against diphtheria and dysentery sticks.
Scientists have isolated an antibiotic from aloe juice that is used in the treatment of skin diseases and tuberculosis. Ophthalmologists use drops with the addition of aloe juice in the treatment of conjunctivitis, myopia, clouding of the vitreous body and for the prevention of cataracts.
Aloe has an effect on headaches, blood diseases, bronchial asthma and various neuroses. In the treatment of diseases of the stomach and intestines, drugs from this medicinal plant are also used. In low doses, juice has a beneficial effect on digestion, improves the separation of bile, strengthens the intestines and has a general strengthening effect on the human body.
Aloe Juice Harvesting Rules
When harvesting aloe juice, you need to adhere to certain rules:
- two weeks before the leaves are removed, the plant is no longer watered;
- the leaves are not cut, but carefully separated from the stem by hands - this will prevent the flow of juice;
- to obtain juice, remove leaves from the lower and middle parts of the trunk, that is, the oldest;
- the collected leaves are placed in a plastic bag and put in the refrigerator for 7-10 days (this way the plant accumulates the maximum amount of bioactive substances);
- aged leaves are washed with water and dried;
- juice can be squeezed out manually, previously crushed with raw materials with a knife or use a meat grinder, juicer or blender.
Vitamin C is partially destroyed from interaction with metal in aloe juice. To prevent this, it is better to grind the leaves with a ceramic knife, and squeeze the juice through a two-layer gauze napkin.
Aloe based folk recipes
Aloe juice is mixed with cahors or any quality red wine and honey in equal quantities. The mixture is cleaned in a dark, cool place and insisted for at least 5 days. Take 1 tablespoon three times a day before meals. A great tool for cleaning blood vessels and enhancing immunity.
For the treatment of herpes
Lubricating ulcers with aloe juice (5-6 times a day) does not allow rashes to spread, dries and accelerates recovery.
Aloe juice is mixed with warmed honey in the proportion of ½ and insisted during the day. Drink 1 tbsp. spoon an hour before meals.
For inflammation of the mouth and throat
In these cases, rinses are used. For this, aloe juice is diluted with warm boiled water in a ratio of 1/1.
A piece of aloe leaf is placed on the diseased tooth with the cut part - this will help relieve pain before the dentist.
With a cold
Every day, 2-3 drops of aloe juice are instilled into each nostril. For children, the juice is diluted in half with water.
After a serious illness
To restore strength after a serious illness, half a glass of aloe juice is mixed with 300 g of chopped walnuts, 300 g of honey and juice of 3 lemons. Take 1 dessert spoon 3 times daily before meals. The tool is suitable for both adults and children.
For the treatment of tuberculosis
Prepare the mixture: half a packet of butter is triturated with 20 g of aloe juice, add half a glass of honey and 3 tbsp. l cocoa powder. All well knead and drink 3 times a day for 1 tablespoon. Drink the mixture is advised with hot milk.
For colds and bronchopulmonary diseases
Use a mixture of 300 g of aloe juice, 100 g of medical alcohol and 700 g of dry red wine. Store the product in a cool place without access to light. Adults drink 1 tbsp. spoon 3 times a day half an hour before meals, children over 5 years of age - 1 teaspoon.
For the treatment of frostbite and burns
A compress with aloe leaves crushed to a state of gruel is applied to the frost-bitten areas of the skin and wound surfaces. Do the same for burns.
For smoothing wrinkles
Wipe your face with ice with aloe. To do this, plant juice is diluted in half with water, poured into molds and frozen. In the morning, cleaned face skin with a piece of ice. This tool tightens pores and enhances blood circulation, therefore it is used not only to reduce wrinkles, but also against acne.
Mask for the face
If the skin is dry, the juice is mixed with any oily cream or olive oil (1/1), for oily skin, take 4 parts of the juice and mix with 1 part of alcohol. A gauze mask is impregnated with the mixture and applied to the face for 15-20 minutes. To enhance the effect, a little honey is added to the mixture.
For hair growth
1 tbsp. l mix aloe juice with 50 ml of apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp burdock oil and juice of 1 lemon. Rub the mixture into the scalp and apply to the hair. Put a shower cap on your head and wrap it with a bath towel to keep it warm. Leave on for 40 minutes and then rinse with warm water and shampoo.
To strengthen hair
3 tbsp. l mix aloe juice with 1 raw yolk, add 1 tbsp. honey. Place the container with the mixture in a bowl of hot water and mix well. Apply a warm mask to hair and rub into skin, wrap and hold for 40 minutes.
Contraindications to the use of aloe
Do not use drugs containing aloe juice during pregnancy. Hypertension, heart disease, oncology, various bleeding, as well as any gastrointestinal diseases in acute form are also contraindications for the treatment of aloe.
Whatever useful properties aloe possesses, it must be remembered that this is a medicinal plant, and you can not take it thoughtlessly. It is best to consult with your doctor. But, in any case, treatment should be started with small doses in order to avoid such unpleasant manifestations as allergies.
Aloe is one of those gifts of nature that any of us can use without leaving home. The areas of application of this miraculous plant are endless, with skillful handling, aloe juice will benefit not only as a doctor and cosmetologist, but, thanks to its amazing composition, will help increase immunity and improve health.