5 Reasons Why the Aloe Vera Plant Is Essential In Your Home

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Aloe vera is literally one of the most popular medicinal plants on the planet, and one of the oldest recorded. In fact, its healing and aesthetic uses date back to ancient Egypt and the allegedly lovely Cleopatra, where it was hailed as the sacred ‘plant of immortality’. In fact, the word ‘aloe’ comes from the Arabic “alloeh” meaning “bitter”, like the taste of its juice, and the first written documentation of medicinal Aloe use is on a Sumerian clay tablet dated 2200 BC.

Its popularity also means Aloe has been extensively studied and commercially grown, and found to have identifiable and verifiable benefits across numerous medical systems, including Western, Ayurvedic, Japanese, and traditional Chinese medicine. Aloe vera has been used throughout history and across the world, is grown in most warm climates, and is part of a rapidly growing and very lucrative personal care and dietary supplement industry! Let us tell you 5 fantastic reasons you should have an Aloe vera plant in your home.

1. It Purifies Your Air

Even before you ingest or apply it, just having the Aloe vera plant in your living environment is beneficial. Research conducted by NASA scientists on  how to keep air clean while they are up in space revealed that Aloe vera purifies the air by releasing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide at night. More oxygen and less carbon dioxide while you sleep is good. Very good.

2. It’s Easy to Grow

If you’re a busy bee without the blessing of a green thumb, you’ll be happy to know that Aloe vera is one of the most low maintenance plants you can have. It is a succulent plant you can buy almost anywhere, it stays pretty small (an average of 30 inches at full tilt), just needs some regular semi-sunshine exposure, and  watering 2-3 times a month (except for in the winter when the plant becomes dormant and does fine with a once-a-month sprinkle).

3. It Levels Out Your Blood & Hormones

Recently published scientific studies suggest that the oral consumption of Aloe vera has a notable effect on regulating blood sugar, supporting pancreas and spleen function, improving insulin sensitivity/resistance, and decreasing blood lipids in diabetic patients. All of these effects have a notable impact on hormonal balance, and it is specifically found to have a significant impact on reducing symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

4. It Boosts Your Immunity & Battles Your Toxins

Aloe vera juice is chock-full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, antioxidants, and more. It’s anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial/antiseptic/astringent, antifungal, and alkalizing. What does all this mean? Well for one thing, when applied topically, it’s fantastic at treating your sunburn, your psoriasis, your cystic acne, your bug bites, and your general wounds and infections. So that’s pretty great.  What else? Consuming the juice with all these great qualities helps flush the toxins out of your body.

Fewer toxins=improved organ function, and hence improved immune function and  hormone production. One reason this happens is because it helps heal digestive issues, which expels the build-up of unhealthy elements in your gut, and maximizes your nutrient absorption. And what ELSE does this mean? Expelling toxins, absorbing nutrients and balancing hormones means your skin, hair and nails get strong and shiny. The vitamins and minerals in the Aloe vera on its own are enough to improve how your skin cell reproduce and repair themselves. Applied topically, as we’ve mentioned, it soothes, protects and moisturizes your skin and hair too.

5. It’s DIY-Friendly

You want all these benefits? They obviously don’t come from just staring at this somewhat prickly looking plant. You’ve got to apply the gel from it, or drink the juice. And lucky for you, those are both really easy things to derive from an Aloe plant.

For the gel, check out these instructions: https://wellnessmama.com/121550/aloe-vera-gel/ and/or watch this handy video!

For the juice, here’s the instructions: https://www.organicfacts.net/recipe/aloe-vera-juice and video you need:

Well that’s all folks! In conclusion, Aloe vera is the gift that keeps on giving. Hope we’ve sold you on the benefits of this special plant, and inspired you to grow your own at home. If you start making your own gel and juice, let us know your experiences and post your pictures in the comments below. We always love hearing from you, and you’ll inspire others!

 

References:

https://food.ndtv.com/health/7-reasons-to-drink-aloe-vera-juice-everyday-1627032

https://www.organicfacts.net/recipe/aloe-vera-juice

http://www.lilyofthedesert.com/aloes-story/

http://www.naturallivingideas.com/aloe-vera-benefits/

https://www.perfect365.com/blog/2017/08/31/5-reasons-why-you-need-an-aloe-vera-plant-at-home/

https://wellnessmama.com/121550/aloe-vera-gel/

http://theparsimoniousprincess.blogspot.com/2011/08/5-reasons-why-you-should-have-aloe-vera.html

https://healthable.org/important-reasons-why-you-should-own-an-aloe-vera-plant/

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https://www.diabetes.co.uk/natural-therapies/aloe-vera.html

 

Tala is currently completing her psychotherapy certification at the Ontario Psychotherapy and Counseling Program. Her passions include alternative knowledge systems and overcoming boundaries and blockages both within and outside of the self, and finding critical, holistic, conscious approaches to education.

She believes that encounters and explorations of tensions related to race, class, gender and colonization—in both old and new forms—can lead to healing and a greater awareness of the interconnections between self, ‘other’ and the environment we live in. She believes that looking at food from farm to plate and its role in environmental, communal/cultural and personal health is a pivotal way to do so.

Comments

  1. Thanks a lot for the inspiring article, fellows!
    I definitely want to grow one, have been planning it for a while.

    Letting you know how it goes!

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