Sunday, April 24, 2011

Healing properties of aloe

Aloe is known to all and meet it can be in almost every home. Homeland of this evergreen plant is Africa. Currently, there are more than 300 species of aloe. 
Any form of aloe has certain therapeutic properties, due in its leaf juice. However, inside you can use only those species that do not grow a tree and bush. Tree-Aloe is well suited for outdoor use (to heal festering wounds, burns, allergic rash, etc.). 
At home with you on our windowsills often grow aloe shrubs, which serve as first aid for many diseases. 
How to grow aloe 
Aloe rather undemanding plant. Even if we forget about it and did not care for a long time, that nothing catastrophic happens. However, if you want to grow gorgeous, healthy and full of aloe, are advised to follow some rules. 
For aloe is desirable to use a light soil mixture containing brick chips and charcoal. 
In the soil, designed to aloe, it is not necessary to add peat. 
Requires moderate summer watering, a lot of heat and light. 
In winter, watering should be slightly less than in summer, and the room light and cool. The optimum temperature for aloe winter 12-14 ° C. 
Periodically, Aloe needs to be nourished by special feeding for succulent and cacti. 
Transplanting young plants aloe needed each year, and old - every 3 years. Old is aloe over 5 years. 
Aloe can be propagated by seeds, stem and leaf cuttings and by division of tubers. 
Aloe in cosmetics 
Aloe leaves contain essential oils, about 20 amino acids, vitamins B, C, E, beta carotene, fiber and other nutrients and enzymes, trace elements, and also have a bactericidal action. In cosmetology aloe are used as wound healing, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory agent for the healing of sunburn, and psoriasis, prevention and treatment of acne, boils, dermatitis and other skin diseases. The extract of aloe juice opens and cleanses pores, hydrates and tightens the skin as a way to easily and deeply penetrate the skin, restore your metabolism and stimulate cell regeneration and reduces inflammation and irritation. Therefore, the creams containing aloe vera are recommended cosmetologists to moisturize and protect skin and body with a long exposure to the sun (beach, solarium). 
Beauty salons often offer baths for relaxation, whose composition is added either extract or extract of aloe juice, canned or fresh juice of aloe. 
And at home to keep a youth face and neck for a long time, you can quite easily if every day before going to bed apply fresh aloe gel, pre-washed and bosh face. 
Every cosmetic company has in its arsenal a series of products containing an extract of aloe juice. Quite popular and affordable means of cosmetic companies as Avon, Oriflame, Faberlic, Mary Kay, etc. Each of them offers a wide range of cosmetics, including containing aloe extract. Typically, a set of aloesoderzhaschih of these companies is designed to care for young skin of all types, as well as for food and restoration of skin problem. List aloesoderzhaschey makeup looks like this: 
Purifying Toner (Avon - Purifying Astringent, Oriflame - Aloe Gentle Toner, Aloe Vera Soothing Toner, Mary Kay - Hydrating Freshener 1); 
Cleansing Cream (Avon - Aloe & Avocado Face Cream, Clarifyinf Cover SPF 15, Oriflame - Aloe Protective Moisturiser, Aloe Vera Soothing Face Cream); 
Facial Scrub (Oriflame - Aloe Soft Scrub); 
Cooling Eye Gel (Oriflame - Aloe Refreshing Eye Gel); 
Cleansing Gel Wash (Avon - Blackhead Clearing Cleanser, Oriflame - Aloe Facial Wash, Aloe Vera Soothing Face Wash, Aloe 80% Pure Gel); 
Lip Balm (Avon - Aloe & Avocado Lip Balm, Oriflame - SPF 8 Aloe Lip Balm, Aloe Vera Soothing Lip Balm); 
Soap (Oriflame - Liquid Hand Soap with hydrating Aloe Vera & Lotus, Mary Kay - TimeWise 3-In-1 Cleansing Bar); 
creams, gels, body lotions (Avon - Summer & Soft Cooling Gel Moisturiser with Aloe, Intensive Callus Cream, Faberlic - Gel Body after depilation with extracts of aloe and papaya, Mary Kay - Hydrating Lotion); 
shower gels (Avon - Summer & Soft Refreshing Body Wash with Aloe, Mary Kay - 2-in-1 Body Wash & Shave); 
sunscreen (Avon - Kids Sun Cream Aloe and Vitamin E SPF 30, Kids Sun Cream Aloe and Vitamin E SPF50, After Sun Soothing Rescue Gel). 
However, we must draw your attention to this important point: that the properties of aloe vera in cosmetics gave such a powerful effect, as described in the manual (reduces inflammation and irritation, heal festering wounds, etc.), its concentration should be at least 20 %. Only then they will have properties similar to the medical creams and ointments, where the concentration of aloe from 20 to 80%. In all the above means the content of aloe vera does not exceed 15%, which provides only a partial effect of aloe on the skin (light meals and bactericidal protection). Say that such a fact is a complete sham and advertising the course of cosmetic companies, it is impossible, because the cost of these funds actually fits in with their number of active substances. That's why these funds will only be effective for young skin, which requires only the prevention and the maintenance of tone. 
Mature skin requires a stronger power supply, which may be ensured by means of containing aloe extract no lower than 25% (the cost of these funds will be an order of magnitude higher than previously mentioned). For example, the Spanish firm Belnatur (Belnatyur), a manufacturer of professional makeup offers a line of aloe vera, which includes a series of creams for mature oily dehydrated skin that is often typical for the age of thirty. In all the creams that line (FITOALOE / FITOALOE - regenerating cream for dry mature skin, HYDROPLANT / GIDROPLANT - moisturizer for normal, combination and oily skin, HYDRODERMA / GIDRODERMA - moisturizing, protecting cream emulsion for all skin types, HYDRO-SPORT BLOCK 25/GIDRO SPORTS SECTION 25 - Hydrating and protective foundation for all skin types with SPF-25), aloe vera extract is the main and the main component, and creams, in turn, relieve inflammation and regulate the water-oil balance skin that slows the aging process. 
Positive feedback can also boast of a German company Lavera (Lavera) Faces, a professional producer of natural cosmetics, among which there was a place for the line "Aloe Vera for sensitive skin (Organic Face Cream Protective Aloe Vera, Organic Cleansing Milk Aloe Vera Vera, Bio-Cleansing Lotion "Aloe Vera, Bio-fluid facial moisturizer" Aloe Vera "). All funds in this series are designed for protection, hydration and nutrition both young and mature face and neck. A very important advantage in this series is the absence of allergens that can cause irritation and itching in sensitive skin. 
Aloe in medicine 
Aloe juice, and, respectively, and drugs that contain it, have strong anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antibacterial properties, which is important when dealing with pathogens. Aloesoderzhaschie drugs are widely used in many fields of medicine (gynecology, dentistry, dermatology, surgery, therapy, immunology) for the treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (gastritis, ulcers, constipation), eye diseases (conjunctivitis, myopia, inflammation of the cornea) and skin inflammatory diseases of the mouth, SARS, etc. 
The following information is for informational purposes, and in any case is not recommended to self-treatment. Before application of each drug on a mandatory basis should consult with your doctor. 
In pharmacies, you can easily find a drug that is called "aloe juice" obtained in connection juice svezheobrabotannyh aloe leaves and rubbing alcohol in a ratio of 8:2 (100 ml bottles - 80 ml aloe juice and 20 ml ethyl alcohol). "Aloe" is most often prescribed for gastritis, gastroenteritis, enterocolitis, constipation, arthritis, polyarthritis, colitis, enterocolitis, conjunctivitis, periodontitis and other diseases. 
Another one of the most famous and effective drugs is "Syrup of aloe with iron." This drug is an amazing combination of two powerful and important components: aloe juice, and iron. The presence of iron in this drug improves blood circulation and recovery metabolism in the body. A contained in the juice of aloe and other trace elements above nutrients strengthen and activate the protective functions of the body and also help fight infection agents. As a rule, "Syrup of aloe with iron is part of the treatment hypochromic anemias of infectious origin, intoxication, radiation sickness, internal bleeding, fatigue. 
Another fairly common drug - Aloe Liniment. " It includes a potted aloe tree. For burns it is recommended to be applied without rubbing the affected skin. In addition, "Aloe Liniment" is prescribed in the complex treatment for arthritis, polyarthritis, periarthritis, amphodontosis, periodontal disease, conjunctivitis. 
Drug use are quite narrow, "Tablets of aloe, which are recommended in addition to the basic course of treatment and prevention of progressive myopia and myopic horeoretinite. "Tablets Aloe" contain 50 mg of crushed canned aloe leaves. 
When treating a number of eye diseases (progressive myopia, myopic chorioretinitis, conjunctivitis, keratitis, iritis, vitreous opacity, etc.), diseases of the gastrointestinal tract (stomach ulcer and duodenal ulcer, etc.) are very effective medicines "aloe extract liquid "and" Extract of aloe liquid for injection, which is an aqueous extract of canned fresh or dried leaves of aloe. The testimony of both drugs are the same, the difference is only in the form of: the first drug you should drink 1 teaspoon 3 times a day, and the second - to prick the skin of 1 ml per day. When using these medications should remember that they are absolutely contraindicated in severe cardiovascular diseases and pregnancy. 
Aloe vera in any way (except aloe vera) absolutely contraindicated to apply to those who are inclined to tumors, since aloe is a strong biological stimulant that speeds up the development of any tumor cells. 
Again, it is not necessary for a number mentioned in the article and other diseases on their own or by consulting a pharmacist at the pharmacy to pick aloesoderzhaschie medicines - consult your doctor, who correctly pick up your course of treatment according to results of analysis and research. 
Preparation of aloe at home 
Of all the drugs offered by the pharmaceutical industry, do not forget about the fresh aloe vera on your windowsill. Traditional medicine attaches to this miraculous plant, an important place in the treatment of many diseases. There are lots of recipes for the treatment of a disease, but more importantly, the right to collect and prepare them for the ingredients. 
Aloe can collect at any time of year. However, not all of the leaves is frustrated. Aloe vera growing tip, so the bottom leaves are more mature. Need to be guided by the tips of the leaves - as only the tips began to dry out, the leaf is ready to eat and juice in it as useful. Cut off the leaf to the base, but it is better to just break off from the stem. But we should remember that after collecting the leaves they can not keep the outdoors more than 3-4 hours, or else lose the lion's share of their medicinal properties. You can eat as fresh plucked leaves, and various mixtures and tinctures from them. 
To prepare medicine from aloe at home is easy. As already mentioned, the leaves should take the lower or middle (preferably thick and fleshy) of not less than 15 centimeters. Depending on the recipe and cooking techniques of drug aloe can be cooked in two ways. In some cases the only aloe juice, without peeling. You can either squeeze the juice from the leaf hands, not cleaning (with a retreat is not just skin, but also flesh), or peel, use only the pulp. In other embodiments want to use the whole sheet - the flesh and skin, passing them through a meat grinder. 
We recall that the aloe juice loses its properties after a few hours after collecting the leaves, so it must be prepared immediately before use. But if you do not have time or desire to repeat the procedure for preparing aloe juice every time you need it, it can be inhibited. To this end, the finished juice to mix with medical alcohol in a ratio of 8:2 and stored in a refrigerator at a temperature not exceeding 15 ° C. 
Popular recipes 
Face Mask: 
1) a mixture of fresh aloe juice and cream, combined in a 1:1 ratio, refresh skin and improve its color. This mask can be applied both morning and evening after washing. When applying make better use of cotton or gauze; 
2) state the problem of inflamed skin can improve the daily application for 15 minutes, the mask of fresh aloe juice and egg white (1 white 2 tablespoons aloe juice). 
For burns of any degree not be amiss, as often as possible to lubricate the affected area of ​​fresh juice of aloe. In this very place the burn is not worth anything winding - to make the most juice to soak into the skin within 20-30 minutes. Remains of the juice is absorbed easily wet cloth. 
Heal deep cuts and wounds festering well contribute packs of fresh juice and pulp of aloe leaves. If this hack is enough to make her a piece of gauze soaked in plenty of fresh aloe juice, and wrapped the bandage, from time to time as needed replacing again soaked in aloe gauze. In the case of purulent wounds with gauze instead of aloe leaf pulp is necessary to apply aloe vera (fresh sheet peeled and used transparent flesh), which will not only disinfect and heal the wound, and pus and pulling from the inside. 
With SARS, colds and ENT diseases can be used the following recipe: 300 g of aloe leaves, 3 tablespoons honey, 3 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol. The leaves of aloe mince, the resulting mass thoroughly mixed with honey and alcohol. Consumed internally, one teaspoon 3 times daily before meals. When cold, rhinitis, tonsillitis and other diseases nasal drip fresh squeezed aloe juice in the nostrils of every 3-5 hours to 5-8 drops for adults, 4-5 drops for children from 3 to 16 years old and 2-3 drops to children under three years. 
With the depletion of the body: 
1) per 100 ml of aloe juice, 100 grams of walnut kernels, 100 grams of honey, 100 ml of lemon juice. All thoroughly. Take 1 dessert spoon for half an hour before meals. Those with high acidity, it is recommended to cook the mixture without the lemon juice, and take in the same mode and doses; 
2) per 200 ml of aloe juice, 300 g honey, 350 ml dry red wine. All thoroughly mixed, the mixture stand for a week in a dark place at room temperature. Take 1-2 teaspoons 3 times a day for 20-40 minutes before meals. 
In diseases of the stomach: 
1) In gastric ulcer is recommended to eat 2 times a day a piece of aloe leaves (length about 5 inches), thoroughly chewing. This should be done on an empty stomach half an hour before meals. Aloe has a bitter taste, so if it is unbearable in its pure form, can have a snack of honey. Course of treatment lasts 3 months, and if necessary repeat the next month. Just such a procedure is useful when prodelyvat heavy nosebleeds; 
2) in chronic gastric ulcers and gastritis is useful to take 1 tsp 3 times a day for half an hour before a meal freshly prepared aloe juice. Prepare juice as follows: twist on the meat grinder and filter through a thick cloth, then boil for 3-4 minutes. Storage of the juice can not be, so it must be prepared before each appointment. 
3) a positive effect on stomach ulcers and gastritis has the following composition: aloe juice, honey and olive oil in a ratio of 1:1:1 to take, mix thoroughly, pour into a glass bottle and put in a pot with water, boil for 3 - hours. Then cool down tightly, so that there was no access to air, and refrigerate. Keep this mixture can be as long until the foam - a sign that expired this medication. Take it to every morning before breakfast and 1 tablespoon of pre-shake. 
Pulmonary tuberculosis aloe juice is used as a means of fortifying ingredients: 1 tablespoon of fresh aloe juice, 100 grams of May honey, 100 g butter, 100 grams of goose fat, 100 grams of cocoa. All mix and reheat without boiling. Take 2 times a day, morning and evening before meals for 1 tablespoon per glass of warm milk. 
Despite the enormous benefits of aloe, should not forget that preparations containing aloe extract, and fresh aloe vera in any of his form can not be used for cancer, uterine bleeding, pregnancy, cystitis and hemorrhoids. In such situations, better consult a doctor.

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