Forget about other remedies for a common cold, and also about reading articles for tips and advice to feel better when you are sick. I have the best remedy, and it comes from nature: aloe vera.
The plant is about 99% water and the remaining 1% is extremely powerful. It has 75 active ingredients, which can be grouped into different categories: vitamins, minerals, sugars, enzymes, lignins, amino acids, anthraquinones, saponins, fatty acids and salicylic acid.
Can you see now why I love this plant so much? My uncle did me a huge favor when he gave it to me as a natural alternative treatment.
If you want to use aloe vera to treat your ailments, you should always consult your doctor first—especially if you have a kidney or liver disease, take diuretics, digoxin or medication for diabetes or you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
You may also want to avoid aloe if you’re allergic to garlic, onions, tulips or other members of the lily family.
Aloe is not a substitute for your current medication in treating medical conditions. I know it worked for me, but I’m not allergic to it.
I also don’t have any serious health conditions or take other medicines when I drink it. If you choose to use it topically, do an allergy test first.
Then, you can decide whether or not to drink it. Also, remember to use the inner juice of the plant, and not a product made of the plant.
How to prepare the juice
You’ll need at least a knife and an aloe leaf; a blender is useful, but not essential. First, take the leaf and peel it to get rid of the green skin.
Then, you can cut the clear gel into pieces and put it into the blender. I didn’t have a blender, so I cut up the slice and swallowed the pieces.
For a faster result, drink the liquid gel without adding other ingredients. I saw results after one drink, and my mother saw results after three drinks.
Just don’t have more than two portions a day.
Aloe doesn’t taste good, but it’s not as bad as some pharmaceuticals prescribed to treat colds, and you can eat something sweet after having the aloe.
It’s also possible to mix it with other ingredients such as honey, syrup or juice. In addition to treating colds, the plant also offers many other benefits.
Helps to detox
Since the juice is full of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, it makes an effective cleanser. It cleanses toxic matter from the stomach, kidneys, spleen, bladder and liver, and is the most effective colon cleanser.
In other words, the juice detoxifies the body naturally.
Aloe helps to improve digestion, so it is a good option for people who suffer from constipation or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
IBS is an intestinal disorder, causing pain in the belly, gas, diarrhea and constipation. Good news? The juice can help you. How?
Its healing and soothing properties can help to reduce the pain.
Boosts your vitamin and mineral intake
Aloe vera is packed with vitamins, including: vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12 and folic acid. The juice is also rich in minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, selenium and potassium.
In other words, the plant, will not only help you to recover faster, but will also help you if you have a vitamin deficiency.
Fortifies the immune system
The plant is also packed with immune-boosting polysaccharides, which is a long chain of carbohydrates that the body uses for energy or to help with cellular structure. They help the immune system to function properly.
We know that inflammation in the body can cause problems, such as asthma, eczema and Crohn’s Disease within the immune system.
Aloe is a soothing, all-natural supplement that helps to slow inflammation and prevent these conditions. Doctors also recommend taking germanium if you suffer from a weak immune system.
It’s a mineral that helps with immunodeficiency, and aloe is rich in this mineral.
Good for skin problems
If you have ever applied aloe vera gel after a sunburn, you know it has a soothing, cooling and moisturizing effect. It also help you with inflammatory skin problems, such as acne and rosacea, and is good for burns, hydrating the skin and enhancing collagen and hyaluronic acid to rejuvenate the skin.
The juice has enzymes, which are found in every live, organic atom, and molecule of natural raw food. They are responsible for rejuvenating aged tissues and promoting healthy skin.
Plus, it will help you with the inflammation and heat caused by menopause.
Works as a stabilizer
Sometimes, natural healers advise drinking aloe vera juice as a way to lower cholesterol, boost circulation, increase blood oxygenation and stabilize blood sugar.
This means it can be useful for treating diabetes and obesity because it contains vitamin C. As some of you may know, this vitamin helps to maintain the tone of blood vessels and promote good circulation.
Other ingredients that help? Polysaccharides, acemannan and glucomannan. The first two act as natural anti-inflammatory and healing agents.
This means that they can also improve blood circulation and oxygenation. The third one is a water soluble fiber in aloe. It has hypoglycemic or blood sugar lowering effects.
Want some evidence that aloe can lower both blood sugar and cholesterol? In a 2012 study in Planta Medica, researchers treated diabetic patients with aloe vera capsules.
They found that aloe was superior to placebo in reducing blood sugar levels and cholesterol. Plus, no adverse effects were reported.
Promotes hair growth
In one of my previous articles, I mentioned that aloe vera helps with hair growth. The plant has vitamins and enzymes, so you will have longer and healthier hair.
The plant also has a soothing effect, which means that it is good for your scalp and treating dandruff. To treat dandruff, it’s best to add the gel in your shampoo.
I’ve focused on the main benefits of using aloe vera, but there are far more whether you use it topically or orally. What are you waiting for? Get yourself some of this amazing plant, and tell your friends about it!