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Coconut Oil’s many benefits as a  natural remedy

Coconut Oil’s many benefits as a natural remedy

Coconut Oil has many health benefits and many find it is amazing in many ways! For centuries, coconut oil has been considered a vital source of food for health and general well-being.

In tropical countries where coconut palm trees abound, locals have long been benefitting from this so-called “Tree of Life”. Research shows that virgin coconut oil, like mother’s milk, is rich in lauric acid which is known for its antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiprotozoal properties needed for good health and well-being.

 The benefits of Coconut Oil is a book that tells about the bountiful nutritional treasure trove of the humble coconut that most of us are totally unaware of.

Some of These Benefits of Coconut Oil Include:

  • Improve and protect your skin!
  • Help you burn fat!
  • Provide your body with the healthiest nutrients found in nature!
  • Increase your energy!
  • And help you avoid heart disease, cancer, thyroid-related problems and so much more!
  • But there are still some very important things you MUST know to benefit the most from coconut oil…

The following is an excerpt of a book about Coconut Oil that tells of its amazing health benefits. (The links in this post are affiliate links for a commission to help pay for this blog) You can get the eBook or the Physical Book shipped to you. A wealth of knowledge worth every penny.

In this book you will learn among other things that firstly, not all coconut oil is created equal—some are better than others. As was the case when coconut oil was used heavily in the food processing industry years ago, there is still a lot of refined coconut oil in circulation. Obviously, the more processed the oil, the fewer health benefits it possesses.

Some points covered in this book are:

  1. It’s no secret that breastfeeding is about the best thing a mother can do to boost her child’s immune system. What makes mother’s milk so healthy is that it contains high amounts of lauric acid. Besides mother’s milk, there are only three dietary sources of lauric acid – and coconut oil is the most concentrated of the three!
  2. Researchers have discovered that in cultures where unrefined coconut oil is a part of the everyday diet, there is less obesity and less lifestyle-related disease. Unfortunately, very little coconut oil is consumed in the U.S. and metabolic syndrome along with its symptoms of obesity, diabetes and heart disease—is reaching epidemic proportions!
  3. Over 13 million Americans suffer from low thyroid function with little understanding of the cause. It’s really no wonder because most processed foods contain iodine blockers—and iodine is essential for optimum thyroid function! If you’re cooking with vegetable oil—it might be time to stop for your thyroid’s sake! Plus, without a healthy thyroid, weight loss is nearly impossible—, especially for women.
  4. People living in the tropics have beautiful, wrinkle-free skin because coconut oil is not only part of their diet—but also their beauty regimen! Coconut oil is a naturally moisturizing cleanser—and an effective sunscreen, blocking out 20 percent of harmful rays… thanks to the medium-chain fatty acids that protect and heal the skin at the same time. And good for the hair when added to shampoos.
  5. Alzheimer’s is on the rise—but you can do something now to protect your brain from the devastating effects of this savage disease! How? By helping your body produce ketones—an alternative energy source for your brain! When MCTs—medium chain triglycerides—are metabolized by the body, ketones are created
  6. Cancer cells feed and grow in our body until the illness can eventually take over and ruin our health. And that’s only if it doesn’t kill us. Don’t be terrified by cancer anymore! Because researchers have discovered it’s possible to actually “starve” cancer cells. This pro-active defense leaves the body more able to fight the disease than being assaulted with chemotherapy!
  7. Detoxing is quite popular these days—but beware! Many detox methods found on the internet are not grounded in science but are instead “fad” diets meant to make someone else a lot of money! Coconut oil has amazing detox abilities and bolsters your energy during a detox program!

Heart disease is a scary disease often treated with even scarier drugs—like statins! Statins (cholesterol lowering drugs) deplete the body of vital heart-nourishing nutrients and can do more harm than good! Coconut oil is full of heart-healing benefits and can help prevent the need for such drugs—and even help keep you from getting sick in the first place!

Everyone has a small amount of yeast living in their mouth and intestines. It serves an important role when it comes to digestion and nutrient absorption, but when it overpopulates—watch out! It actually breaks down the walls of the intestines and seeps into the bloodstream, where it releases toxins. This leakage can cause a number of health conditions! In fact, more people have illnesses related to yeast, or Candida, than realize… maybe you’re one of them.

It may sound too good to be true, but mountains of research prove—coconut oil can do wonders for your health! As you’ve seen here, this one simple oil you can purchase right off the shelf at your local grocer can.

You can learn so much more about Coconut Oil at The Coconut Mama Website. Try it.

Coconut as a Remedy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Like all things pure and natural, the virgin coconut oil is extracted from fresh coconuts, unlike other commercial grade oil which came from dried coconut meat of copra. Virgin coconut oil has an important role in finding treatment and remedy for many of the illnesses brought upon by an unhealthy lifestyle and the refined diet of modern living.

Get this book to learn about the many benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil has fatty acids that assist the metabolism:

According to research, coconut oil has the highest source of saturated fats and medium chain fatty acids which is necessary to increase metabolism and are more easily digested than fats found in other oils. The medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are absorbed quickly by the tissues and converted into energy. People suffering from chronic fatigue would gain many benefits when they take coconut oil in their diet.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome used to be considered an imaginary ailment. But nowadays, it has been affecting women between 30’s and 50’s. This has become a problem of growing concerns among 3 million Americans and 90 million people worldwide.

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a condition characterized by prolonged and extreme tiredness that is not relieved by rest and is not directly caused by other medical conditions. This fatigue can be so severe that it can keep us from our in regular activities. CFS may subsequently cause possible social isolation as well as lifestyle restrictions.

Research on Coconut Oil:

Researchers are still in a quandary as to the cause of this condition. However, some suspect that it could be caused by a virus called Epstein-Barr or human herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6), though no definite viral cause has been identified. According to research, CFS may be caused by inflammation of pathways in the nervous system. This inflammation seems to act as an immune response.

CFS may develop when a viral disease is complicated by a problem with the body’s immune response. Different factors such as age, prior illness, stress, environment, or genetics may also play a role.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) describes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as a distinct disorder with specific symptoms and physical signs, based on ruling out other possible causes. The number of persons with CFS is unknown.

Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may be similar to those of common viral infections such as muscle aches, headache, and fatigue often developing within a few hours or days and lasting for six months or more.

Main symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:

  • Fatigue or tiredness, the kind of exhaustion that has never been experienced before by the patient, and which lasts for at least six months and is not relieved by bed rest
  • Fatigue that is so severe it restricts activity (serious fatigue develops with less than one-half of the exertion compared to before the illness)

Other symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:

  • Fatigue lasting more than 24 hours after an amount of exercise that would normally be easily tolerated
  • Mild fever (101 degrees F or less)
  • Sore throat
  • Lymph node tenderness in the neck or armpit muscle weakness all over or multiple locations, not explained by any known disorder Muscle aches also known as myalgias
  • Feeling unrefreshed after sleeping an adequate amount of time
  • Headaches, different from previous headaches in quality, severity, or pattern
  • Joint pain, often moving from joint to joint (migratory arthralgias), without joint swelling or redness
  • Forgetfulness or other similar symptoms including difficulty concentrating, confusion, or irritability

Once you experience persistent, extreme fatigue, with or without other symptoms of this disorder, contact your professional health care provider. Other more serious disorders can cause similar symptoms and should be ruled out.

With coconut oil now considered as a functional food, modern medicine is looking at it as a powerful tool against disease of the immune system as well as chronic fatigue syndrome. Much research has been undertaken on its effectiveness, and further studies are currently underway on the outstanding nutritional value of coconut oil.

Coconut trees can be found in almost all of the 7, 107 islands of the Philippines — a hot, humid, and tropical country located in Southeast Asia. For centuries, the inhabitants of these islands have turned to the coconut tree — the so-called “Tree of Life” — as a source of materials for shelter, food, and alternative medicine. The coconut tree is called “Tree of Life” because almost all of its parts can be utilized. The trunk is used as lumber; the woven leaves are used for roofing; and even midribs from the stems are brought together to form a native broom.

More About Coconut:

Coconut oil is a natural product that comes from the coconut palm. This oil is derived from fresh coconut meat to produce a food supplement known as Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO).

Using the “cold press” method, the coconut oil is extracted by grating the fresh coconut and by squeezing the coconut meat. The coconut milk is put into a sanitary container, covered, and allowed to stand for about 24 to 36 hours. The “virgin” coconut oil which naturally separates from the water content of the coconut milk is then transferred to another container. At that stage, the VCO is ready for consumption without cooking, heating, or any other process that might take away some of the nutritional properties of the virgin oil.

Coconut Oil as a Skin an Hair Treatment:

Lately, coconut oil has been given much attention not only for its use in cooking but also for its value as a hair and skin care product. The VCO is actually used as a hair tonic and skin moisturizer. Many Filipinos use coconut oil to maintain youthful, wrinkle-free skin. VCO can also be used to treat sunburned skin.

Research findings show that VCO is an effective ingredient for skin care treatment. The virgin coconut oil is high in antioxidants that penetrate into the concealed tissues of the skin. The oil helps protect the body against the formation of free radicals which are molecules that rob electrons from the millions of cells in the human body. Free radicals damage and destroy these cells including the body’s connective tissues. These tissues are responsible for keeping the skin elastic and flexible. VCO helps to strengthen these connective tissues and aid in the prevention of skin sagging and wrinkling. VCO softens and moisturizes the skin, and removes dirt from the outer layer of the skin making it shiny and smooth.

Many skin care solutions in the market are made from vegetable oils that have gone through various refining processes, making these products prone to free radical generation. These processes have stripped these products of most of the essential antioxidants.

Virgin coconut oil is still a very good skin care treatment alternative since it has retained its antioxidant properties. The antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties of VCO are from the presence of lauric acid in the oil. Lauric acid helps prevent disease-causing bacteria that may lead to skin infections.

Medical experts now advise people to take at least two tablespoons of VOC a day as a preventive measure against bacterial infection.

VCO kills many forms of viruses and bacteria that cause pneumonia, ear and throat infections, and other illnesses. Instead of taking antibiotics and other synthetic drugs, people should now consider the use of VCO as a food supplement and over-all health aid.

It’s easy to learn herbal remedies

It’s easy to learn herbal remedies

Finding a natural remedy is easy. An Internet search can provide a great deal of knowledge. Even a quick visit to a health food store to speak with a clerk will help you find out more about natural remedies and what ailment they can be used for. Slowly you can build your knowledge of what medicinal properties herbs have and when best to use them.

Some people take it to extremes and think there is a natural remedy for everything. Not true, but if you use common sense you’ll probably find a natural remedy for most ailments. After all, for hundreds of years there was no such thing as pharmaceuticals, and using a natural remedy was the only way an illness could be prevented, treated.

The world of natural remedies is so very interesting once you get immersed in it. We can look at a few examples of herbs and their common uses.

  • Garlic is a natural remedy for heart disease and immune system strengthening.
  • Zinc is a great natural remedy for colds.
  • Aloe Vera juice applied to cuts and abrasions does wonders for healing.
  • Cranberries are used for urinary tract infections, common in women.
  • Cinnamon is used for high blood pressure and much safer than pharmaceuticals.
  • Seeds from the common pumpkin rid the body of parasites.
  • Apple cider vinegar has many uses and is an overall cleanser of the system.
  • St. John’s Wort is a natural remedy for depression symptoms.
  • Grape seed is an ancient natural remedy for prostate problems, common in middle-aged and older men.
  • Oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits are full of vitamins and are great to ward off the common cold, as is chicken soup.
  • White vinegar is used for toe fungus when the feet are soaked in it.

Finding a natural herbal tea is easy too.

  • Green tea boosts the immune system,
  • Ginger tea aids digestion,
  • and most teas in general help the system flush out toxins and purify the blood.

With this in mind, it is easy to see that a natural herbal remedy can help with many health problems.

Try natural herbal remedies

Try natural herbal remedies

Natural herbal remedies are drawing the attention of many ordinary folk who are looking for another way to keep healthy. There are hundreds of thousands of known herbs that have the ability to treat and prevent various human and animal illnesses, as well as properties that can enhance mental attitude, appearance, and performance.

Many cultures have studied herbs for centuries, for example, Indian herbal medicine (Ayurvedic), Chinese herbal medicine, and western herbal medicine and have created many uses for plants either singularly or in compounds, to prevent and treat various conditions and illnesses.

A natural remedy can be anything from a simple tea to complex preparations of herbal compounds used in hospitals and clinics. These formulas come in many forms such as capsules, pills, ointments, and gels.

You may be using some of the common herbs as a food in your home such as:

  • Garlic – natural antibiotic and helps reduce cholesterol
  • Cinnamon – lowers blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides
  • Ginger – prevents motion sickness and lowers risk of blood clots
  • Chamomile Tea – calms nerves and help relieve digestive problems
  • Peppermint – Treats many digestion and gastrointestinal problems

These common herbs may be mixed with other proven natural products to achieve a particular result.

The time and wait needed to visit a doctor to get a prescription, and the ever-growing cost of medicine is opening an opportunity for many people to try to get help from natural herbs and remedies.

Some traditional medicines are showing adverse side effects.

Natural, may have unwanted side effects just as with conventional medicines, however, an ever-growing number of people have been using herbals, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids for many years with very favorable results and no adverse effects.

Natural herbal products can be used by adults, children, and pets to remedy countless conditions from Angina and Arthritis, even skin care remedies, thyroid treatment, urinary tract infection and an unlimited number of other disorders.

Have fun and be brave enough to try and make these simple herbal remedies. We will keep it simple.

Share the Herbal Love

Share the Herbal Love

Do you know anyone who knows how to use herbs and natural cures?

It’s easy to build up your knowledge of the wonderful life-giving properties of herbs, even their very smells are used in aromatherapy. Our bodies are very sensitive to the altering effects of herbs. Learn to use them. They are good like a medicine.

It’s also easy to learn to grow your own herbs to use in cooking, salves, teas, tinctures, etc. Or you can buy dried cut herbs and powders from wholesalers. Talk to others. You will discover gems of knowledge from the most unexpected persons. Share your knowledge too. Elderly folk have a wealth of information about herbs and natural cures. Natural cures can be fun and can help you make friends!

I love lavender.

Lavender is so easy to plant and look after. It flourishes year after year, has a lovely, soothing scent, is known to induce relaxation, and keeps the moths away. Put a lavender plant on your kitchen windowsill and fill sachets of lavender blossoms to put in your cupboards.

An elderly friend saw that my hair had been losing its luster. And she said to take one egg yolk, olive oil, juice of one lemon, mix it together in a bowl, and use my fingers or a basting brush, to rub or brush the mixture thoroughly onto my scalp, around the hair roots, and onto the hair. Then wrap a towel around my hair for two hours, then rinse with lukewarm water and shampoo as usual. I followed her instructions and sure enough, my hair shiny and had more body than it has had in a long time.

You can learn about natural cures by improvising with things found at home. Did your face ever feel like an elastic mask? I needed something to soothe and moisturize my skin. – I found that yogurt was the perfect solution. After rubbing some on my face and letting it soak in, I felt and looked twenty years younger.

Learn the familiar herbs first

Learn the familiar herbs first

Yes, That Dandelion in your lawn is NOT A WEED! It’s a herb!

People have been collecting herbs to use as medicine for centuries. Many doctors claim however that taking herbs in place of your prescribed medication is not recommended.

Herbs, like vitamins, are good for your body and overall health. Usually, herbs need to be taken over a long period to receive the benefits to your health. There has been a lot of information and testing with regard to herbal remedies. Although the exact cause of why herbs have a positive effect on the body is not always known.

Listed below is information about some common herbs and remedies.

Chamomile is used for relief from upset stomachs, colds, bronchitis, bladder troubles, and jaundice. Chamomile is also helpful in the regulating menstrual cycle, rheumatic pains, and headaches. Chamomile has also been effective for babies with colic. In addition, it can be prepared as an insect repellent.

Dandelion (in the picture above) has a high vitamin and mineral content that is good for kidney and liver disorders, and also skin disease and loss of appetite. Dandelion increases activity in the pancreas, liver, and spleen and contains insulin substitutes.

Alfalfa has been known to be effective in treating gas pains, pain, and stiffness from arthritis and ulcers. Alfalfa herbal tea has no adverse components and is safe for all people, including children.

Eucalyptus is a used in many commercial medicines such as a cough and sore throat medications. Eucalyptus also contains oils that are extremely potent antiseptics. These oils may be applied on wounds, sores, and burns. Eucalyptus can also be used as an insect repellent.

Ginseng has been used for more than 5000 years in the Chinese medicine. Ginseng strengthens the heart and nervous system. In addition, it builds up a general mental and physical vitality and may be effective for treating colds, coughs, gout, diabetes, headache, and backache. It takes away craving for sugar.

Strawberry is a strengthening tonic for the entire system. It is helpful with diarrhea, night sweats, liver complaints, gout, and jaundice. Strawberry is used internally for weak intestines and is also used for enemas.

Hawthorn is known to cause the dilation of the coronary vessels and a wonderful heart protector. It has been found to help with insomnia. It has been used to treat high blood pressure when taken over a period of time.

The above herbal remedies listed above are general guidelines. If a herb does not agree with you or if you feel adverse effects, stop using the herb. The information contained in this article is not intended to replace the services of a physician.

Dandelion – a most delicious and healthy, pesky weed …. er, herb

Dandelion – a most delicious and healthy, pesky weed …. er, herb

Dandelions are not weeds, they are actually a nutritious herb loaded with vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, B, C, D, and K, as well as minerals like iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. They also contain flavonoids such as apigenin and luteolin. And dandelions make wonderful syrups, wines, and teas. Their leaves are occasionally used in soups, salads, and sandwiches, while the roasted roots can be used as a coffee substitute. Dandelion leaf tea daily may promote a healthy liver.

Dried or fresh dandelion leaves can also help with constipation, stimulates appetite, improve digestion, and reduce flatulence. It is diuretic so it increases urine flow and flushes out bacteria from the urinary tract and the bladder

Dandelion as an alterative (it alters us) or depurative herb, and acts as a blood purifier, which regulates metabolism and can help neutralize acids in the blood. It also encourages the liver to produce more bile, a greenish-yellow fluid that the body uses to digest dietary fats and remove toxins from the body.

Don’t use dandelions that have been treated with pesticides.

The leaves of dandelion are known to have a diuretic effect on the body which can increase the amount of urine passed. Dandelion may help lower total cholesterol and triglycerides while raising HDL cholesterol. may help lower hypertension. Since Dandelion leaves contain potassium, magnesium, and calcium, it has the potential to help regulate blood pressure levels.

Dandelion contains B vitamins, which can be an effective remedy for stress relief

Dandelion contains minerals and vitamins which are essential for clear and radiant skin when mixed with honey and yogurt and applied as a mask.

Turmeric is a golden herbal remedy that fights inflammation

Turmeric is a golden herbal remedy that fights inflammation

Herbal remedies are based on the principle of strengthening wellness and preventing diseases rather than curing sickness. It directs us to resist the diseases through our food habits and life styles and herbal remedy use. Hippocrates stressed,

“Let your food be your medicine”

Over the last several years, there has been increasing interest in Turmeric and its medicinal properties. The rhizomes or roots of this plant look like ginger but are smaller and an orange color and are used as medicine and in natural remedies. The rhizomes are boiled, dried and then powdered.

turmeric-homemade herbals

This powder is used for medicinal and culinary purposes. This turmeric herb has occupied the shelves of every Indian kitchen for 6000 years and is considered the king of the kitchen. It has a pungent and bitter taste. It is used daily in cooking. Apart from cooking, it is also used as a beauty aid and as a dye.

turmeric-homemade herbals

Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) belongs to Zingiberaceae Family and is a perennial plant that grows 3 to 5 feet high in the tropical regions. Ayurveda appreciates the medicinal qualities and yellow color of Turmeric.

We can particularly praise the medicinal qualities of Turmeric, which finds its place in many herbal preparations related to aiding inflammation, liver and skin disorders. The active chemical component of Turmeric is Curcumin.

Curcumin is a strong antioxidant and reduces inflammation by reducing histamine levels.

  1. Curcumin protects the liver,
  2. reduces cholesterol,
  3. prevents internal blood clotting,
  4. prevents heart attacks,
  5. protects from liver tissue damages and disorders,
  6. widely used in skin treatments,
  7. treats respiratory issues,
  8. purifies the blood,
  9. enhances the complexion

Turmeric is very safe. But special precautions should be taken in persons who have gallstones, hyperacidity, stomach ulcers and obstructive jaundice.

Turmeric powder

Effects of Turmeric—-

On The Liver

  • It is recommended that this golden herb can purify blood and prevent it from clotting.
  • It is used extensively to protect the liver from toxins and microbes.
  • Turmeric increases the secretion of bile, promotes the free flow of bile.
  • This herb can be used to overcome toxic effects of alcohol on the liver.
  • This reduces cholesterol and protects the heart.
  • 1 teaspoon of Turmeric with warm water should rejuvenate the liver and expel toxins out of it.

On The Respiratory System

  • Turmeric is very effective in bronchitis, productive cough and asthma.
  • One spoon of turmeric boiled in milk should be taken with a spoon of pure ghee for conditions like bronchitis, asthma and productive cough.
  • This gives very good relief and as an expectorant for excessively produced mucous in the lungs.

On Ageing

  • The antioxidant properties of turmeric give us young looks and make us feel young.
  • It reduces inflammation in joints, protects the heart, reduces cholesterol and keeps us very healthy.

On Diabetes

  • It is widely used in Ayurvedic preparations for Diabetes.
  • It lowers the blood sugar and increases glucose metabolism.

On the Uterus

  • It initiates a regular menstrual cycle and reduces menstrual cramps.

On the Skin

  • Blood nourishes the skin and it is known fact that pure blood always keeps the skin glowing and radiant.
  • Turmeric purifies the blood, nourishes skin and gives it a healthy natural glow and radiance.
  • A traditional face pack used in India consists of gram flour, pure turmeric powder, milk, and honey.
  • This reduces inflammation of the skin, smoothens it and prevents many skin ailments.

On Stomach and Intestines

  • Turmeric enhances digestion, normalizes metabolism and expels intestinal parasites

On Wounds

  • Turmeric accelerates the healing process and readily reduces pain and inflammation.
  • A thick paste of Turmeric applied on wounds acts as an excellent antibiotic and anti inflammatory.

On Health

  • Turmeric purifies and cleans the body.
  • It is a tailor made herb for those who are health conscious.
  • It increases the flexibility of muscles, reduces inflammation in muscles and joints and helps to perform exercise with confidence and ease.

This is a wonderful treasure that nature has provided for us in this golden Turmeric root?

How to Make Herbal Extracts or Tinctures

How to Make Herbal Extracts or Tinctures

Make your own herbal extracts and tinctures

Use Glycerin, Apple Cider Vinegar, or Alcohol to extract the beneficial properties of herbs.

If you cannot take alcohol there is a way to replace the alcohol in a final step called Solvent Exchange. This is covered in another post.

To make a powder from dried herbs grind them up in a coffee bean grinder.

If you are using fresh herbs and/or cut herbs put the alcohol and herbs in the blender and blend to a pulp. Pour this pulp into the glass jars.

Alcohol or Apple Cider Vinegar Extract (Tincture)

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Glycerin Based Extract

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Aloe Vera for Soothing Health Inside and Out

Aloe Vera for Soothing Health Inside and Out

The Aloe Vera plant is an African succulent that is popular in folk remedies. Today, you can find Aloe Vera outside Africa since it is a popular garden plant, especially in dry areas where gardens must be created with the climate in mind. Aloe Vera is also commercially cultivated all over the world to be used in folk medicines. Outside Africa, you will find the largest Aloe Vera farms in the Mediterranean region, the United States, the Caribbean and Japan. An Aloe Vera plant will also do well indoors, but keep in mind that it can grow very large and need re-potting.

Aloe Vera plant for remedies
Aloe Vera plant for remedies

Aloe Vera plants, particularly Aloe Barbadensis plants, have been used for centuries to help burns, cuts, and other skin ailments. Perhaps your mom had one of these unique, cactus-like plants nearby, just in case of an emergency. If someone got a cut or burn, they would break an aloe leaf apart to extract gel from inside the leaf and smear it on the wound. The Aloe gel inside the leaf has soothing, cooling qualities and is used as a natural healing salve.

Out of the 400 species of the Aloe family, Aloe Vera (meaning True Aloe) has been used for thousands of years and is still present in varieties of medicines today. It is used predominantly as an herbal remedy for the skin, digestion, the reproductive system, and detox. A gel or pulp can be extracted from the plants for many benefits, both externally and internally.

Aloe Vera gel for remedies

Just like all the other succulent plants, the Aloe Vera can store large amounts of water. This is an adaptation to a life in regions susceptible to droughts. Wild Aloe Vera is commonly found in regions that experience large temperature differences between day and night. When the dew falls, the Aloe Vera can absorb the moisture and use it to survive. The Aloe Vera will store water in its large fleshy leaves. Inside an Aloe Vera leaf, you will find a clear jelly-like liquid. This liquid forms the base of the Aloe Vera juice that is so popular in folk medicine. If you grow your own Aloe Vera plant, you can use the gel directly instead of converting it into Aloe Vera juice. The gel can be used on minor injuries and burns since many people find it soothing and pain relieving. It also has antibacterial properties.

Aloe Vera can also be used internally, but the scientific studies regarding its effects on the human body are still limited, and internal Aloe Vera treatments should therefore always be used with caution. It is recommended to discuss the treatment with a licensed medical professional. Internal Aloe Vera treatment is popular among patients suffering from heartburn, ulcers, diverticular disorders and other digestive problems. Many patients report that the soothing and antibacterial property of the Aloe Vera causes relief.

The juice of Aloe Vera can be extracted by cutting the leaf into sections and filleting the soft white gel from the skin. The skin can be discarded because all the beneficial properties are found in the white gel. If the gel is greenish it might cause an upset stomach. You can mash the gel to get the juice and then evaporate it to preserve it for later use.

Aloe Vera gel for remedies

The juice has many benefits when you drink it. This is partially due to the fact that it contains twelve vitamins (including A, B1, B6, B12, C and E), nineteen amino acids and over 20 minerals, which most of these are essential to the body.

In Ayurveda, the Indian health practice, Aloe Vera is known as Kumari (the princess) because of its positive effect on the menstrual cycle and female reproductive system. It is also known for its ability to clean the liver and protect the digestive system by reducing intestinal inflammation.

  • It can treat skin conditions by soothing the skin and easing pain and inflammation.
  • It can even speed up the healing process of burns, eczema and other conditions.
  • The plant’s gel can be used to reduce redness in a couple of days.
  • Rubbing the leaf over cuts in the skin can prevent infection and speed up the healing process by acting like a bandage.
  • It has healing and moisturizing benefits to the skin

Commercially Available Aloe Products

With the recent boom in all-natural products, Aloe has become a popular ingredient of choice in many skin care and health products. Aloe is used in commercial products such as creams, lotions, and nutritional supplements. The products often combine Aloe gel with other ingredients to enhance the gel’s natural healing components. Sometimes Aloe will be combined with some natural extracts taken from organic honey or other herbal plants.

In commercially available Aloe Vera remedies, it is usually Aloe Vera juice that forms the active ingredient. If you by low-quality Aloe Vera remedies, they might not have been made from pure Aloe Vera juice from the clear gel. If other parts of the plant enter the remedy, the treatment can act as a strong laxative. This effect is caused by the green Aloe Vera latex that is located in special cells, called the pericyclic tubules, which are found along the inner skin of the Aloe Vera leaf. Proper processing methods ensure that no latex enters the Aloe Vera juice. If you experience unwanted laxative effects or cramps when using medications containing Aloe Vera, you should stop using it and try to find a better manufacturer that can provide a higher-quality Aloe Vera product.

Natural Aloe-Based Solutions for Skin Care and Health

Aloe Vera is a very useful plant. It is very often used as a medicine to treat skin conditions such as burns and eczema, where it can help to stop the pain and reduce swelling. It is very often used in soaps, shampoos, and similar products.

Aloe gel, especially when combined with other natural ingredients, can greatly enhance the skin and its ability to replenish skin cells. As skin cells die, new skin cells must replace the old to promote healthy skin. This also slows the aging process and helps keep the skin moist and beautiful. Aloe creams and gels on the market can help enhance this process. There are also creams and gels to help with itching, burns, cuts, psoriasis, shingles, and other skin conditions.

Aloe Vera gel is also known to have antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, which allow skin ailments to heal while reducing the risk of infection. Some aloe-based products might help soothe and dry up chicken pox as well. Aloe gel can work as a natural anesthesia to reduce or alleviate pain caused by burns, cuts, and skin rashes. For severe sunburn and/or sun poison, Aloe Vera gel can cool the burning skin and speed up the healing process.

How to Buy Natural Aloe Products

You can grow your own Aloe Vera plants in your garden or in a pot, or you can buy already made natural Aloe-based products.

Before buying Aloe products, be sure they are all natural with few or no added ingredients, which could decrease the Aloe’s beneficial properties. Read the ingredients on each product and learn why the ingredients were added. You’ll find some products have added natural ingredients to enhance the product’s skin care and health properties. These products sometimes provide more benefits than even the actual Aloe plant alone.

  • You can find Aloe-based products that are unique to your skin care and health needs.
  • If you have psoriasis, for instance, look for creams, gels, or lotions to soothe this condition in particular.
  • If you work in the sun or are outdoors a great deal, look for aloe products that can protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
  • If you have multiple needs for aloe, find a natural aloe product that offers many benefits in one.
  • Start enjoying natural skin care and health today with the wonderful natural solution of Aloe Vera!
  • Aloe Vera is also available in capsule and gel form, as well as in juices and drinks, creams and lotions.

Overall, Aloe Vera can be used for cosmetics and heal the skin, or when consumed, as a potent cleansing and rejuvenating tonic that is very nutrient rich and beneficial to the body. Look for products that are made only from the unfiltered inner gel of the whole plant, not the outer rind, which means less processing and more active ingredients are retained.

Precautions With Aloe

You should also be aware that Aloe Vera, although it is a traditional remedy, can have side effects. Reported side effects include liver dysfunction, burning sensations, allergic reactions, nausea, strangely colored urine, and dermatitis, although all of them are rare. Some studies have shown that, while the Aloe Vera does relieve pain, wounds treated with Aloe Vera can take longer to heal than usual, making it an undesirable treatment in many situations.

There are also many conditions you can have which mean that you shouldn’t take Aloe Vera. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, allergic to garlic or onions, or have kidney or heart disease, you should avoid Aloe Vera. It should never be given to children or animals, as it can be poisonous to them.

Scientists are not altogether in agreement on the effectiveness of Aloe Vera as a medicine. Researching the effects of Aloe Vera properly is difficult because it is a complicated herb. Aloe Vera contains 75 different nutrients, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, sugars, and acids. Supposedly, it can help with muscle growth, be anti-bacterial, aid digestion, heal wounds, and much more. It is widely believed that Aloe Vera is effective against the common cold, although no medicine has ever been proved to cure it.

Never use Aloe Vera internally if you are currently using oral corticosteroids since Aloe Vera will interact with this medication. Beclomethasone, Prednisone, and Methylprednisolone are three common examples of oral corticosteroids. The combination can cause potassium deficiency and poisoning.

Psyllium will also be affected by the active compounds in Aloe Vera, and combining the two remedies are therefore inadvisable. If you still choose to do so, you should make sure that you never ingest them simultaneously. Allow at least two hours to pass before you take the second drug.