The unique properties of aloe have been known for a long time: this amazing plant was used for healing and caring for skin and hair. The popularity of aloe is increasing day by day. The plant is widely used in folk medicine and cosmetology.
The beneficial properties of aloe
Aloe leaves contain over 70 nutrients and over 200 active ingredients. So, there are carbohydrates, vitamins C, E and B, beta-carotenes, amino acids, enzymes and about 20 minerals. Aloe juice is also rich in choline, salicylic acid and essential oils.
Thanks to such a rich composition, aloe can be used as an anti-inflammatory, wound-healing, moisturizing and regenerating agent. In addition, this amazing plant has a regenerating property: under the influence of the amino acids contained in it, cells are renewed 6-8 times faster (collagen and connective tissue are formed more intensively, and dead cells are processed by special enzymes). Also, the juice of aloe leaves is used in the treatment of burns, abscesses, anemia, diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, with radiation injuries, dermatitis and other diseases.
The use of aloe in traditional medicine
Aloe is an excellent "medicine" for burns. The leaves of this plant are cut (thorns are removed), poured with natural honey and infused in a dark, cool place for 28-30 days. After that, the mixture is ground in a blender until a homogeneous mass is obtained. This gruel is applied in a thick layer to the burn site. It is recommended to keep the finished product in the refrigerator in a tightly closed container: the maximum shelf life is a month.
To cure abscesses, it is recommended to wipe them with aloe juice and take it inside three times a day, 1 tsp. 30 minutes before meals.
Running boils are treated with an ointment consisting of the following components:
- 1 tbsp. yarrow;
- 3 tbsp. crushed aloe leaves;
- 1 tbsp. natural honey;
- 1 chicken egg yolk;
- 3 tbsp. St. John's wort herbs;
- 1 tsp vegetable oil.
The herbs and chopped aloe leaves are mixed and poured over with a small amount of boiling water. The mixture is infused for 13-15 minutes. Then the infusion is filtered, enriched with honey, yolk and oil and the components are thoroughly mixed. The ointment is applied to the problem area and kept for at least 10 minutes, after which it is washed off with warm water.
Aloe preparations are contraindicated for cystitis, uterine bleeding, severe cardiovascular diseases, and also after 7 months of pregnancy.
With pulmonary tuberculosis, it is recommended to take a remedy from the following components as an additional therapeutic agent:
- 100 g of butter or pork fat;
- 13-15 g of aloe juice;
- 10 g of cuff juice;
- 100 g of cocoa powder;
- 100 g of honey.
The oil is softened and mixed with the rest of the ingredients. Take the finished medicine at lunchtime and in the evening for 1 tablespoon with a glass of hot milk.