Nature’s Best Medicine: Aloe Vera
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If you’ve stayed out in the sun too long and gotten a sunburn, you’ve probably treated the burn with healing, soothing aloe vera. It comes from the aloe vera plant, and has been used to treat many skin and medical conditions. The Chinese refer to aloe vera as the “harmonious remedy,” Russians have dubbed it the “elixir of youth” and the Egyptians named it the “herb of immortality.” Originating in North America, the aloe vera plant can now be found practically anywhere that has a warm climate. The active, healing ingredients in aloe vera include vitamins A, B, C and E, folic acid, calcium, selenium, zinc, magnesium and chromium.
Because of all of these great ingredients, aloe vera has been successfully used to treat medical conditions such as the following:
• Skin wounds
• Fungal infections
• Insect bites
This wonder plant has many other health benefits, including reducing the appearance of warts and rosacea, and helping those with the very painful medical condition known as shingles.
Please consult your doctor or Pharmaca practitioner before using aloe vera, especially in very small children. People with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), appendicitis, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids or ulcers should also avoid aloe vera, as should pregnant woman (as aloe vera may cause premature uterine contractions and subsequent miscarriage).