Aloe Vera is an example of one of the most effective and well-known healing plants, also known as Zabira or Sabilla. Originally from South Africa, aloe is one of the medicinal plants most used around the world because it is so gentle, yet so effective for burns, cuts, abrasion sunburn, in fact pretty much any skin damage.
The aloe plant can be used medicinally in two ways: one, the translucent gel from the leaves is applied directly to any kind of injury affecting the skin because it is one of the best cicatrizers (protective scar-forming) substances that exists. Second, the yellow sap from the base of the leave, known as "bitter aloe" can be dried, then dissolved into a drink for the treatment of constipation.
Aloe is also used for cosmetic purposes and has a long history as a curative lotion for the skin. The aloe gel is effective because as it dries on the burn or wound, it hardens and forms a protective layer, while at the same time the components it contains nourish the skin and stimulate the immune system. The most important component is aloectina B, but it also contains anthraquinon, resin, tannin and polysaccharides.
Nowadays, this marvelous plant is known around the world and can be purchased in pharmacies, supermarkets and health food stores.
However, the best choice is to take the time to cultivate the plant
at home. It's easy to grow and just two plants you will
provide all you will ever need.
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