Aloe Vera has been used by many cultures for centuries due to its soothing properties both topically and orally. For the ancient Egyptians, the Aloe was considered a sacred plant that they believed held the secrets to beauty, health, and immortality. It is believed that Cleopatra and Nefertiti were big fans of Aloe Vera because of its natural beauty benefits. Ancient Mesopotamians believed on the other hand that it had cleansing effects on the intestines. Even Alexander the Great, the creator of the Greek empire, recognized the healing benefits there using Aloe Vera to assist in treating the wounds of his soldiers.
From ancient times to the present, Aloe Vera has remained popular. The healing benefits of Aloe Vera have been backed by science confirming its potency as a medicinal plant, used now commonly to soothe burns and cuts as a topical ointment or drank for its digestive benefits and popular citrusy taste.
Characteristics of the Plant
Aloe Vera tea is made from the succulent ‘Genus Aloe’, a common plant you'll spot in many homes and gardens. Aloe Vera originated in the Arabian Peninsula and is grown for cosmetics, herbal remedies, food, and food supplements. The Aloe succulent has thick leaves that store water, short roots that lay embedded in the earth, and beautiful flowers that bloom during summer.
Its fleshy leaves can grow up to 40 – 50 cm long and 6 – 7 cm wide, and store enough hydration to allow this shrub to thrive in arid sandy conditions and be easily cultivated. Thanks to Aloe Vera's cosmetic and medicinal benefits, it is now being cultivated wildly around the world.
Modern Medicinal Value
Aloe Vera holds many important nutrients like vitamins B, C, E, and folic acid. It also contains a small number of nutrients such as calcium, copper, chromium, sodium, selenium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, and zinc. All of these components mean this extraordinary plant offers several benefits, so let's talk about them!
It may improve skin condition and prevent wrinkles
Aloe Vera is made up of some special plant compounds known as complex carbohydrates, this is why it is such a hydrating and moisturizing product for the skin. The soothing gel-like interior of the Aloe plant also helps to protect skin from the aging effects of the sun whilst also soothing burns and speeding up the healing process. The antioxidants in the Aloe plant have also been linked to helping protect skin from oxidative stress which may reduce wrinkles.
It can help lower blood sugar levels
Studies have found that the Aloe Vera Leaf tea supplement can potentially help to reduce glycated hemoglobin and the level of glucose in the blood. Aloe Vera supplements may lower the absorption of sugar into the gastrointestinal tract following a meal, stimulating the breakdown of sugar, and preventing sugar production.
A word of precaution to people who already have diabetes: It is always best to consult a physician’s advice before ingesting Aloe Vera to assist in treating the disease since the combination of medications used to lower blood sugar and Aloe may cause health issues.
Aloe can help with digestion
Popularly used for improving digestion and easing symptoms of constipation, Aloe Vera has been shown in studies to help improve symptoms of IBS when matched with a healthy diet. Loved for its natural laxative effect, it aids digestion; relieves constipation, and helps stimulate bowel movement, soothing you from the inside out.
It can be used as an alternative to mouth wash
Typical mouthwash is used popularly around the world and although effective it can have some pretty negative side effects including tooth staining, mouth irritation, dry mouth, unpleasant lingering taste, or decreased taste. The results from a study on Aloe Vera as an alternative for mouth wash indicate that the plant may prove to be an effective alternative based on its ability to reduce periodontal indices. We love this natural, chemical-free alternative to oral hygiene products for its potent antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties that can kill germs and reduce periodontal indices.
Aloe Vera is understandably appreciated for its internal and external soothing effects, providing the body with exceptional nourishment and hydration.