Even though Aloe plants are native to tropical regions, you can easily grow one at home. Growing an aloe vera plant is not a difficult matter if a few basic rules are followed. As a matter of fact, this plant requires little care, including warm conditions, occasional watering, and a bit of fertilization.
Having an aloe vera plant around will make even the most modern of us feel like herbalists, due to its medicinal properties. The healing properties of this plant are hidden in the leaves where the oozing gel is located.
Even though the aloe juice can be found in any health food store, the homegrown gel is much safer and cheaper. The best way to reap aloe`s health benefits is to harvest the biggest leaves, due to the highest concentration of gel.
It is believed that this plant derives from Northern Africa and the first known documentation of its medicinal use are the 12 different recipes for aloe healing provided in ebers, ancient Egyptian Papyrus. Since then, aloe vera has been widely used as both ornamental plant and healing medicine.
Nine Health Benefits of Taking Aloe Vera Internally
1. Reinforces the heart and improves the quality of blood
2. Reduces heartburn and indigestion
3. Reduces arthritis inflammation
4. Promotes better functioning of the urinary tract
5. Promotes healthy gums
6. Boosts immunity
7. Boosts the production of white blood cells and healthy cells in cancer patients
8. Stabilizes blood sugar
9. Improves digestive disorders, such as stomach disturbances, constipation, IBS and colitis, and bloating