Aloe Vera: Herbal Medicine Chest for Skin and Body Wellness

by Karen Masterson Koch, CN, President of Aloe Life

Herbal remedies really work! Traditionally, the most remarkable herbal plant of all time is aloe vera. It is great to apply to the skin and also to optimize health when taken internally as an elixir. The ancients wrote about their use of the entire plant, including the whole leaf, inner gel, and especially the yellow sap, without fear of harm. Aloe vera was viewed as a “Gift from Nature” to use for any ailment, and for many it was taken daily with honey for regularity and as a preventative health measure.1

Its popularity is unmatched today. A variety of quality products in juice, tablets, spray or gel form allow it to be utilized for almost anything: from a minor first aid treatment to a step in your daily beauty routine.*

How Does Aloe Vera Work?
The aloe plant contains valuable food nutrients, plus over 100 active constituents called phytonutrients. Together, they topically soothe, balance skin pH (4.5 – 5.7) and stimulate new cell growth in record time. Hundreds of repeatable research papers confirm aloe vera’s many actions.2

• In a critical first step, aloe calms injured, red and inflamed skin with salicylic acid, campesterol, B-sitosterol, and lupeol.. Next, the growth factor gibberellin in aloe is allowed to signal the repair of collagen.
• Aloe heightens immunity on the skin, as well. Polysaccharides support UV protection to minimize sun damage while heightening infection fighting.
• Transport plant actives work as carriers, both topically and internally, to infuse oils, herbs and nutrients much deeper into the cells. It is a great support for the body by evening skin tones, softening damage and even resolving injured tissue faster!3
• Internally, aloe vera (not over-processed) is classified as an herbal bitter. Human studies have shown it increases digestion, especially of proteins and absorption of important vitamins such as C, E and B12 up to 300%. It is best to take the juice or tablet form before meals, to support digestion, energy, immunity, allergies, and soothe inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. Research even supports aloe’s ability to boost collagen production for restoring youthful skin and reducing allergies.4

Stronger is Better!
Most aloe vera products can soothe the skin a bit. However, to address deep itching, abrasions, burns, sunburns, scrapes, boils, ulcers, scars, broken skin, and severe acne, a stronger aloe vera product made from the whole leaf juice, a concentrated variety if possible, including its dark yellow sap, works best.

Stronger aloe is also more effective for support of chronic issues like diabetic ulcers, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, hemorrhoids, and mouth, gum and scalp issues. Many people find that ingesting a quality aloe vera daily, plus applying one topically, to be a winning catalyst of support for healthy and vibrant skin, along with body wellness5.

Highlights of Body Support

• Skin and allergies
• Muscles and joints
• Energy and digestion
• Immune system

Getting Started with Aloe Vera
Look for quality products because there are hundreds on the market, all made differently. This is why I encourage consumers to read labels. Use your own plant or look for products that are not over processed, still containing the dark golden yellow color, and stating “No water added.” You will then experience what the ancients discovered from this medicinal plant for kids, adults and even pets—herbs really work!

*Caution: Sensitive individuals should apply a small amount on skin first or call companies for more information.


Karen Masterson Koch is a certified nutritionist and the President of Aloe Life. She is also a health researcher, educator, and the author of Beyond Gluten Intolerance. For more information visit aloelife.com.

References:
1. 2015, New Scientist, pg. 41, “Mysterious Healing Powers”, Nina Roustead, Denmark.
2. 2011, Gift of Nature Whole Leaf Aloe Vera, Clinical Observation & Application with Humans, K.A.Masterson Koch, CN, USA.
3. 2000, Aloe Vera Natural Wonder Cure, Julia Lawless, Judith Allan, U.K.
4. 2004, “Dietary aloe vera Supplementation Improves Facial Wrinkles and Elasticity” Clinical Research Inst. Seoul National University Hospital, Korea.
5. 2004, Ken Jones, PhD, NNFA,Mahidol Medical Univ. of Bangkok, Thailand.