Aloe Aloe….

Aloe Vera

A cultivated or wild cactus-like plant seen in the drier parts of India containing a clear healing gel and grows successfully here too since I have many in my house. This fresh herb has therapeutic properties for reducing pitta, the one that gets heated quickly especially over the summer months. Aloe can be taken internally as a juice and externally as a paste application, with its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

Therapeutic benefits:

  • Purifies blood and can be useful in menstrual problems (combined with shatavari) it also increases blood flow to wounded areas
  • Useful on normalising digestive activity and aids absorption of nutrients. It protects against worm infestation, infections, pain in abdomen, piles and rectal disturbances
  • Stimulates liver and spleen activity. Liver purification also benefits the complexion of the skin
  • Helpful in reducing body temperature
  • Useful in a variety in inflammatory skin conditions as well as for minor cuts, insect bites, burns including sun burn, bruises, acne, eczema and itching
  • Helpful in dysurea and other urinary conditions.

1 tbsp of aloe vera gel taken on empty stomach will cleanse digestive tract of toxins. If taking juice a larger dosage (i.e. up to 100ml) will produce therapeutic effects. As a paste use a gel or fresh from the leaf. So go on.. get yourself this great plant for your home and embrace it’s healing benefits.

Note: Large doses can cause diarrhoea. Pregnant women should not take aloe vera internally.

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