Aloe Vera – Nature’s Band Aid


HEALTH TIP: Perhaps the single best plant to have in your home is Aloe vera (one of about 250 species of “Aloes” which are members of Lily family and are relatives of tulips and Easter lilies). The name “Aloe” derives from the Arabic “Alloeh” for “bitter, shiny substance.” The Russians call it the “elixir of youth,” in China it’s known as the “harmonious remedy,” and the Egyptians called it the “plant of immortality” and provided it as an offering in tombs of the pharaohs.

The medicinal compound in Aloe vera is called “aloin” and it’s extracted from the sap. We all know it’s great for sunburns, but it also contains all 8 essential glyconutrients necessary for cellular function and optimal immune response. Vitamins present in Aloe Vera include A, B, C, and E. It also contains magnesium, chromium, zinc, calcium, and selenium as well as 20 of 22 essential amino acids.

The compounds found in Aloe vera are also able to activate the white blood cells necessary to fight against the growth of cancer cells. Peptides found in Aloe vera help strengthen the immune system. Aloe has also been shown to be effective at treating IBS, Chron’s disease, and Celiac disease and is antibacterial, antiviral, & antifungal. It’s good for healing internal tissues damaged by radiation exposure, and works well on hemorrhoids, insect bites, poison ivy and oak, as well as psoriasis. Aloe is a very strong purgative for constipation when used as the whole leaf. The Chinese use it as a laxative and a stimulant for the stomach.

Raw Aloe vera juice is one of the most efficient ways to introduce the plant’s healing properties into your system. In 1988, while presiding in the shantytown of Rio Grande dol Sul, Brazil, Father Romano Zago (a Franciscan friar and scholar) learned from local natives about a potent all-natural recipe derived from the Aloe arborescens plant which they used to promote supreme immune health.

There has been much publicized scientific research and literature on the synergistic benefits of the 300 phytotherapeutic biochemical and nutrient constituents of Aloe vera to aid the body’s defenses to enhance the immune system and protect against diseases. If you don’t have an Aloe vera plant in your home, you should get one ASAP.