What is aloe?
According to the scientific classification, aloe is referred to as succulent perennial plants of monocotyledons of the first class of xanthorea family. The above genus includes tree-like, shrubby and grassy installations in dense fleshy leaves harvested in characteristic rosettes. In this case, the edges of the leaves can be crowned with cilia, spines or denticles, and also with a classical smooth structure.
At the moment there are about five hundred different kinds of aloe in the world, in Russia the classical present aloe, "tiger" analogue and tree-like( called "centennial") are mostly distributed. Initially, aloe spread throughout the world from the African continent and the Arabian Peninsula, some species grew in the Canary Islands.
The plant contains a fairly large number of substances - powerful natural antioxidants, allantoin, beta carotene and vitamin complexes, as well as polysaccharides, glycosides, enzymes, phytoncites, sterols and other substances of a biologically active nature.
The use of aloe
Aloe is one of the first plants in the world to be used for medicinal purposes. According to some sources, the first medical written sources dating from the thousandth year before our era contained recipes for preparing decoctions and compresses from the above-described plant.
At the moment, folk medicine knows hundreds of ways to use, like the pulp of aloe, and its juice, both as an external and internal remedy.
The plant has pronounced healing properties, it perfectly helps to tighten wounds and cuts. In addition, the pulp of aloe is used to normalize the work of the gastrointestinal system, as well as in the treatment of the duodenum and as a remedy after an ulcer.
As the practice of traditional medicine shows, the active components of aloe have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-burn, and bacteriostatic effects. They easily treat dermatitis, remove irritations, normalize the work of intestinal peristalsis, treat eczema. Aloe directly affects the macrophages of soft and thin skin, so very often the plant extract can be found in a specific anti-aging cosmetics.
Benefit of aloe vera juice
The most convenient form of aloe vera for the treatment is juice. Get it fairly simply: thanks to large fleshy leaves, filled with nutrient moisture, at home, the squeezing method is very easy to get a liquid substance that can be consumed both internally and externally. It should be remembered that freshly squeezed aloe juice should be used for a maximum of several hours, and the leaves must be ripped off just before the squeeze, as in the open air it quickly loses the active substances and no longer shows much-needed potent biological activity. An alternative method is keeping the aloe vera leaves in the fridge for twelve hours, then squeezing the juice and using it for its intended purpose: according to the researches of Academician Filatov, thus, inside the aloe structure, the biostimulation is activated, the medicinal properties of the plant are intensified.
Known for the whole world, the prescription for the treatment of the common cold is the instillation of a few drops of undiluted aloe juice into each nostril: this procedure helps to clear the mucous membranes, remove inflammation and get rid of the snot.
Aloe juice is also used for the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases, ulcers, anemia, as an aid to tuberculosis and bronchial asthma. The liquid of the plant is also used in ophthalmic practice, mainly as an auxiliary therapy in the treatment and prevention of keratitis, blepharitis, clouding of the lens of the eye, myopia and conjunctivitis. Compresses based on aloe juice are effective against inflammation of the mouth, ulcers and wounds, as well as other skin lesions.
For direct ingestion, not pure juice is used, but its mixture with fruit juice or boiled water.
How to prepare aloe juice?
Aloe juice can be easily prepared at home! For this procedure you will need a meat grinder, a knife, one large bush of aloe and alcohol, preferably a medical one.
- To begin with, gently cut off from the bush the required number of leaves of the plant. Their willingness to determine fairly easily: choose mature shoots, which have a little dried ends, and their length is not less than 13-15 centimeters. Young leaves leave! They did not get to the condition. More often, ripened shoots are located at the base of the bush or in its middle.
- Lay the first portion of the leaves with a meat grinder and grind the leaves intensely, adding material as needed.
- Strain the resulting juice, the remaining pulp can also be used for the intended purpose. If you do not plan to use the juice immediately, then it can be preserved. To do this, take aloe and alcohol in a ratio of 8 to 2, testify the jar, put the mixture there and mothball, putting the container in a cool and dark place.
It should be remembered - aloe is absolutely safe only in case of exclusively external application! In all other cases, side effects are possible when using this tool.
First of all, it is highly discouraged to use the juice or flesh of a plant for allergic people: aloe contains a large amount of biologically active substances that can cause an ambiguous reaction of the body.
The main danger that aloe can carry for an organism is overdose - under certain circumstances, the juice of a plant in high concentration can cause poisoning and accompanying diarrhea, inflammation, stomach pain, and, in rare cases, nephritis. Do not use the product during pregnancy, as it will almost certainly provoke a miscarriage.
Also prohibited permanent, prolonged use of pulp or aloe juice internally - the course of treatment of this drug should not exceed two weeks. As studies have shown, a very long systemic intake of juice or flesh of the plant can induce the development of both benign and malignant tumors, while the agent acts as a carcinogen and accumulates in the body.