Aloe vera: how to use it?

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Where does she come from ? Nicknamed the Desert Lily, this succulent plant, native to North Africa, has been known for more than 5,000 years. Its fleshy and prickly leaves contain a refreshing gel, known for its soothing and healing properties. Already Cleopatra’s beauty secret, it is even said that Christopher Columbus always went on an expedition with his “Doctor in a pot”, the nickname he was given. It can be cultivated in our latitudes as a houseplant. 80 : It is the number of nutrients it contains and which improve skin renewal.

Its virtues

On the skin, it is healing. In the face of sunburn, burns, or even cracking, the moisturizing and healing properties of aloe vera make it a great repairing balm. This plant contains glucomannans and pectins, which retain water and moisturize the skin. Thanks to its polysaccharides with anti-inflammatory properties, it boosts the proliferation of collagen, thus promoting healing. It also has an anti-wrinkle effect. Acne, eczema, psoriasis, cold sore, dandruff, studies have shown that topical application can improve certain skin diseases. Thanks to its antiseptic properties, aloe vera cleanses the skin, promotes healing and tissue renewal.

As a drink, it promotes digestion. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, inflammation of the esophagus due to tobacco, coffee, alcohol, stress or pollution? Aloe vera helps relieve stomach aches. The plant contains acemannan, an active ingredient that has soothing properties for the digestive system. A study has shown that aloe vera gel powder combined with a polyphenol (ellagic acid) inhibited the formation of stomach ulcers by 75%. Studies have also shown that the plant reduces the secretion of hydrochloric acid.

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It relieves oral problems. These moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties help heal burns in the mouth, inflammation of the gums and canker sores.

Two recipes

An aloe vera liniment against burns. Mix one cup (240ml) of aloe vera juice and 80 drops of lavender essential oils. Shake to mix them well and store the preparation in the refrigerator. Use this balm in case of superficial burn (after having passed it under cold water) or in case of itching. (Petit Larousse of home remedies, ed. Larousse)

Gargle against sore throats. Mix a tablespoon of aloe vera gel (drinkable) with sage tea. Gargle to relieve sore throat and hoarseness.

Attention ! Be careful not to overdo it as it has a laxative effect. You should not consume more than a tablespoon three times a day. On the skin, it can cause allergic reactions. Start by putting a small amount on the skin. Avoid sun exposure after application because aloe vera is photosensitizing.

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Where to find it? In organic stores or in pharmacies, in the form of fresh pulp (Aragan laboratories), drink or gel to drink (Bio Vit’am) and repairing skin gel (Nature and discoveries).

For further : The many health benefits of aloe vera

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