aloe veraMy first real encounter with the Aloe Vera plant was back in the days when I lived in Australia.

I had been hanging at the beach with my friends playing cricket, barbecuing and celebrating Australia day in true style. But as the sun was slowly setting and we headed home I could feel the hot burning sensation creeping in all across my shoulders.aloe vera

Yes the sun had got me a gooden!

As we arrived back a my friend Becky’s house I could see her dad shaking his head at me and before I knew it he was out in the back yard  in true Crocodile Dundee style slicing a massive leaf off a plant. He took it in to the kitchen and scooped out a yellowy white sticky gel mashed it up and handed it to me.  

He told me to put it all over my shoulders and I’d be right by the morning, Aloe vera always does the job!

And he was absolutely right! 

It was cooling, took away the sting and completely sorted out my sunburn.

aloe veraI saw natures work at its finest♥  

Aloe vera is a succulent plant that thrives in the dessert and warm climates, and its graceful sword- like leaves are filled with hundreds of nutritional compounds and life sustaining moisture that benefit the body inside and out. 

But its more than just a burns remedy…….

History has shown us that aloe  vera is one of the oldest mentioned plants on record due to its medicinal properties and health benefits.

The Aloe plant has been traced back as far as biblical times being used by Nicodemus to embalm the body of Jesus.

The first known written reports on the nourishing juice of the aloe vera plant reach as far back as 6,000 years ago in ancient Egypt. Aloe was regarded as a sacred plant, the “blood” of which held secrets to beauty, health and immortality. It was said that Cleopatra covered her body in it from head to toe as part of her beauty regime.IMG_0968[1]  

It is documented that Alexander The Great employed the use of aloe vera to heal the wounds of his warriors, and Christopher Columbus was known to have aloe plants growing in plant pots on his ships, used to heal wounds of his mercenaries. 

When I started building my natural pharmacy at home this plant was top of my list! I’ve had a little aloe vera jungle growing for years now and its always my first “go to” for cuts, burns, scars, dry skin, spots and rashes. I call it natures plaster! I slice of a leaf take the gel out put it in a container. It lasts for up to two weeks when kept in the fridge.aloe

 

So how does it work….

Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties that cut down skin irritations, as well as help your wounds rid themselves of dead skin. It lessens surface swelling and helps repair damaged cells, as well as protect newer healthier ones. Aloe is able to penetrate deeply into the skin to moisturize it and help increase the amount of collagen your skin produces to promote healing.

If your digestion a bit dodgy maybe its time to start sipping aloe vera juice….

Aloe gel has natural healing properties due to the large variety of amino acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals it contains. It cleanses the digestive tract of food residue that clogs the digestive system. These food wastes in the digestive tract can be harmful to the body and result in abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation and bloating. They can also prevent the absorption of important nutrients the body needs.

And for a gentle detoxifier…..

Aloe vera can also help cleanse your digestive system and colon of toxins, allowing the digestive tract to work more efficiently to break down the nutrients in your food. It also works as an anti fungal and anti-bacterial agent helping to protect the body  from disease. Enzymes found in aloe help improve the bodies circulatory system by dilating blood vessels and helping stimulate the production of blood cells that fight infection in the body.IMG_1204[1]

My three favourite Aloe juice brands are Lifestream Biogenic Aloe Juice, Lily of the Dessert and Pukka organic juice. I usually take a little bit in the morning and just before my main evening meal. I’ve always had quite a sensitive digestion system and Aloe has helped tremendously!   

Ditch your toxic air fresheners and get an aloe vera plant……

During the 1980’s NASA began studying house plants as means of providing purer and cleaner air for space stations. Aloe vera was high on the list as it is such a good air purifier and unlike most plants it releases oxygen and absorbs carbon dioxide. Also this low maintenance sun loving plant can clear the air of formaldehyde and benzene two chemicals found in household cleaners.

And don’t worry if you don’t have green fingers, they are so easy to look after and need watering only once a week or every two weeks. Its essentially like a cactus so if you forget about it for weeks on end it still loves you!!♥

IMG_1195[1]I absolutely love everything about Aloe Vera and its healing and medicinal benefits.♥

At the beginning of the year I was fortunate to spend a week on the beautiful Island of Lanzarote where aloe vera grows in abundance on the rocky black volcanic land.aloe

The locals call it the miracle plant, the silent doctor and it is the Islands third source of economy. Its everywhere and you can visit aloe farms and museums, being one Aloe Vera’s biggest cheerleaders I was in total heaven!

To me Aloe Vera is the plant of all plants, the good all rounder, a true gift from mother nature with an incredible history.

Take action now and get a beautiful Aloe in your home, re-wild yourself and start building your own natural pharmacy.

This plant won’t let you down

Like my friend Becky’s Dad said “Aloe Vera always does the job”!

Have a wonderful week and wishing you a very Happy Easter 😉 

Love Alexandra♥