Aloe Vera is most popularly known for healing skin burns and generally helping the skin to heal but it goes so much deeper than that. Aloe Vera is an incredible medicinal plant with over 200 active components including – Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids, Enzymes and Fatty Acids, full of nutritional benefits. With all these amazing things inside it, it’s no wonder this plant has such a wide range of healing properties. If you have ever tried to open up one of the main, long leaf type stems you will know it is full of a gooey, gel like substance. This is actually 99% water but it’s the part we used the most of in medicinal purposes. I read somewhere that we have been suing Aloe Vera for over 5,000 years in many different medicinal ways…that’s a long time so I guess it really must work!
It’s also a succulent plant (a bigger version of the plants you might use in your Terrariums), part of the lily family and oddly enough in the same family as garlic and onions! Different parts of the Aloe Vera plant are used for different purposes and has both internal and external medicinal advantages. As Aloe Vera is a medicinal plant it shouldn’t be consumed every day for a long period of time without breaks as this can cause negative effects to your body.
1. High in Vitamins & Minerals:
Vitamins – A, C, E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6 & B12.
Minerals – calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper, manganese.
2. High in Amino Acids
It has been estimated by scientists that Aloe Vera has around 18-20 amino acids, with all 8 essential amino acids that humans need.