Last night the mozzies were out in full force chomping on the teen and her mates as they sat in the front yard doing teen things.
By the time I got them inside there was lots of scratching and groaning going on.
I said "I have two words to say to you ..."
We have an aloe vera plant on our front balcony. It's one of those plants that you're not supposed to be able to kill. It just keeps growing and growing until the pot can't take it anymore. Then you take some of it out and re-pot it to give to a friend. (Or better yet, invite them over to do that part themselves.)
Aloe vera is known as a "vulnerary" which means it helps to heal wounds. We use it to sooth insect bites, burns, scratches, scrapes and apparently it can also sooth psoriasis.
It's as easy as breaking off a piece, opening it up and rubbing the gel like aloe onto your skin. If you want to help sooth sun burn, then pop a piece in the fridge first to cool it down and increase the sooth factor.
I hear that researchers are finding new uses for aloe vera all the time. I've only ever used it as a topical "cream" but others eat it. Apparently it's good for relieving heartburn, preventing plaque build up on your teeth (used as a mouth wash), lowering blood sugar and as a laxative.
They say it's high in vitamins, minerals. amino acids and fatty acids. We all know that it's good for the skin, but did you know it is widely used in the cosmetic industry? We love it for mozzie bites because it acts as an analgesic to relieve "pain" plus it's an antipruritic which relieves/prevents itching. Oh, and as a bonus it's also an astringent which causes body tissue to contract which helps reduce bleeding from minor cuts and abrasions.
The medicinal use of aloe dates back to ancient Egypt and is native to North Africa, Southern Europe and the Canary Islands.
I think I'm going to need a bigger plant.
Anyway, as I sat down to blog this morning I found a bunch of broken up pieces of aloe all over the couch from last night's mosquito infestation. I could yell and scream about how teens need to learn how to use garbage bins, but then I wouldn't have had anything to blog about.
So there you have it. The healing power of aloe vera.
Do you have an aloe vera plant?
Want some of mine?
What do you use aloe for?
Information source: Happy and Raw, Health Line, Marie Claire Magazine, Authority Nutrition and The Global Healing Center.