Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Heal with Aloe Vera

aloe-vera2Aloe Vera is a cactus look alike healing plant. A rich cocktail of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and absolutely safe,  Aloe Vera’s worth continues to grow. Its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effects have made it one of nature’s best health products. If taken internally, Aloe Vera enhances circulation, regulates blood pressure, promotes healing of bones and joints, boosts immune system, protects the body against bacteria, heals internal tissue damage, cures ulcers, improves and even ends constipation, controls blood sugar and reduces itchiness in psoriasis helping it to heal. A great detoxifier, it helps to settle the queasy stomach and keep the digestive system on track.

It slims
Drinking Aloe Vera juice every day is like doing vigorous workouts throughout the week. Aloe Vera reduces and regulates your body mass index as it stimulates the rate of metabolism in the liver cells and helps you to burn calories. Consisting high collagen protein, it works as an excellent weight loss supplement.
It cools
Just cut open the leaf spike and you will get a clear gel like substance. Apply it directly to a cut, insect bite, scratch or burn. It not only helps to cool them but also hastens their healing. Its anti-inflammatory agent helps to eliminate acne to some extent.
A natural moisturizer, it keeps the skin supple and smooth. It also is an important ingredient in most of the skin care products as it helps delay the ageing of the skin, lightens dark spots and reduces the intensity of pigmentation. Available in the form of gel, lotion, cream and capsules, it is recommended by the physicians also for various skin problems, such as skin allergies and eruptions.
Even aroma therapists use aloe vera for its rejuvenating properties, by mixing it into base oil, such as almond oil.

Have a green thumb – Grow your Aloe plant indoor• Select aloe vera plant that has firm, upright leaves with smooth skin, to repot it. During warm-weather months, they grow rapidly.
• Take a large pot because aloes expand a lot. It should have holes in the bottom for good drainage.
• Plant it in rich quality soil that contains a mixture of sand, compost and pebbles.
• Aloe requires full sun coverage, but will tolerate a light shade.
• Water thoroughly. Then, allow the soil to dry between watering.
• During the winter months, aloe Vera requires very little water, once every two to three weeks is enough.
• Fertilize once a month for best growth.

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