Use Aloe Vera As a Disinfectant, Antibiotic, Germicidal, Antibacterial, Antiseptic, Antifungal and Antiviral

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The use of botanicals for medicinal purposes began as soon as humans discovered its nourishing value as food. Early civilizations and indigenous cultures have ancient records of how plants were used in their healing rituals. Some survived the challenges of time and have developed into traditional medical systems recognized by modern civilization such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and the East Indian tradition - Ayurveda. To date, nearly 80 percent of people around the world use herbs for primary health care; Aloe Vera is among the botanicals that has gained a place in modern herbology.

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It's not surprising, as Aloe Vera is one of those plants appreciated for its amazing healing virtues for various ailments and infections. With its germ-killing properties - antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal – it's an effective botanical that can be used as an antibiotic and disinfectant. It also possesses other properties that make it useful for treating other disorders and diseases.

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An overview: The Many Medicinal Uses of Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a notably useful botanical that works against infections caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi. It works as an antiseptic that can kill infective microorganisms in Candida infections and open wounds. This is also why it speeds up the healing of burns – caused by either radiation, the sun, hot water, fire, etc. Theoretically, it can replace a number of first-aid products or make wound-dressing products obsolete.

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Aloe Vera has many other medicinal uses. Here are the many ways Aloe Vera can heal your body:

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  1. 1
    Slows down the progression of cancer cells.
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  2. 2
    Stabilizes the level of sugar in the blood.
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    Lowers the level of bad cholesterol and triglycerides.
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  4. 4
    Treats the causes of hypertension to naturally lower blood.
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  5. 5
    Prevents the formation of "sludge blood" or "sticky blood" to prevent strokes.
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    Improves the oxygenation of blood.
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    Balances the acidic nature of many unhealthy diets by alkalizing the body cells.
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  8. 8
    Heals digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcers, constipation, and Crohn's disease.
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    Decelerates colon cancer, and improves health of the digestive tract.
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    Supplies the cells in the body with nutritive elements, minerals, vitamins, glyconutrients, and enzymes.
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  11. 11
    Relieves pain and reduces swelling of the arthritic joints.
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    Eases cells in the body from oxidative stress.
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    Thwarts the formation of kidney stones caused by oxalates from tea and coffee and other renal conditions.
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    Restores the body's electrolyte balance, making it a good additive or supplement to common sports drinks.
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    Electrolytes contained in Aloe Vera helps speed up the recovery time from injuries or physical exertion.
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    Boosts cardiovascular performance and improves physical endurance.
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    Enhances skin by moisturizing and hydrating it.
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    Accelerates and promotes skin health and repair.
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The Ingredients Found in Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera contains many constituents that make its medicinal properties effective - laxative, boosting of the immune system, moisturizing, antioxidant properties, etc. If you are wondering what makes Aloe Vera a wonderful and effective antiseptic and antibiotic medicinal plant, here's why:.

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  1. 1
    Anthraquinones:
    There are actually 12 kinds of anthraquinones, which are phenolic compounds that function as laxatives. Aloin and emodin are known to function as analgesics, antibacterials and antivirals.
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    Fatty Acids:
    It supplies the body with four kinds of plant steroids, namely cholesterol, lupeol, campesterol, and β-sisosterol. Lupeol is known for its analgesic and antiseptic actions and all have anti-inflammatory properties.
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    Sugars:
    It has a mucilage layer consisting of mucopolysaccharides that can supply the body with monosaccharides (glucose and fructose) and polysaccharides (glucomannans/polymannose). Aside from its valuable monosaccharide (mannose-6-phosphate) and polysaccharides (glucomannans [beta-(1, 4)-acetylated mannan], it also has a prominent glucomannan (acemannan), glycoprotein (alprogen) known to be an anti-allergen, and C-glucosyl chromone, an anti-inflammatory compound.
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    Hormones:
    Just like most plants, Aloe Vera similarly contains auxins and gibberellins important in the fast healing of wounds because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
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    Enzymes:
    There are, in fact, eight enzymes found in Aloe Vera - namely aliiase, amylase, alkaline phosphatase, bradykinase, catalase, carboxypeptidase, lipase, cellulase, and peroxidase. Bradykinase helps to reduce excessive inflammation when applied to the skin topically.
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    Vitamins:
    Aside from B12, it also contains important vitamins/antioxidants such as A (beta-carotene), E and C. It also contains folic acid, and choline.
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    Minerals:
    Aloe Vera is known to contain chromium, calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese, selenium, sodium, potassium, and zinc. Most of these play critical roles in various metabolic pathways.
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    Others:
    Aloe Vera amazingly contains 20 of the 22 amino acids and 7 of the 8 essential amino acids the human body requires.
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Ways to Use Aloe Vera as Disinfectant, Antiseptic and Antibiotic

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    Disinfectant:
    Aloe Vera can kill many strains of bacteria, viruses and fungi, which is why it's included in many of the pharmaceutical topical ointments. Its gel-like sap can be directly applied to skin that has been burned, bruises, wounds and cuts in order to kill infective microbes and promote healing.
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    Antibacterial:
    The gel found inside the leaf of Aloe Vera has been proven to inhibit the growth of Streptococcus and Shigella species in the laboratory in vitro experiments, but not against the Xanthomonas species. Aloe Vera gel can be applied directly to infected skin and to post-surgical wounds to accelerate the recovery time and speed up healing. It is also effective against herpes, urticaria, conjunctivitis, and vaginal infections.
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    Antifungal:
    Extracts of Aloe Vera have been shown to hinder the growth of the fungi that cause tinea, dandruff and other skin infections caused by fungus. Its antifungal properties are also exhibited when it is added to the water in aquariums or fish tanks to kill fungi that make the fish sick.
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    Anti-acne:
    Aside from its germicidal and anti-inflammatory properties, Aloe Vera also promotes faster healing with minimal scarring. Apply it by placing a small amount of gel on the finger before smoothing and rubbing it directly on the acne. With its antioxidants and moisturizing properties (being 99 percent water), it can hydrate, moisturize and nourish skin.
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    Other Applications:
    Aloe Vera gel promotes healing of rashes, insect bites, sores, and allergic reactions. It can also be taken internally to heal benign skin cysts and to boost the immune system, lower sugar level and blood pressure, etc. It can help people suffering from psoriasis, and radiation dermatitis among others.
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Harvesting Aloe Vera leaves and Processing the Gel

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    Cut off the leaves at the base - close to the stem.
    You have the option to harvest one leaf whenever you need it or you can harvest several leaves and "process" them to make a larger quantity that you can keep in the fridge.
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    Wash off all the dirt using clean running water.
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    Slice down the length of the leaf.
    Don't cut the leaf entirely in half, just slice to access the gel inside.
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    Open the leaf where you've sliced it.
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    Get a spoon and scoop the gel-like sap from the inside of the leaf.
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    Pour off all the collected gel into a food processor or blender to process it for just a few seconds.
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    Place in small ice cube trays and freeze for long-term use.
    Retrieve and use as needed, but you can keep a small amount in the fridge for immediate use.
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Growing Aloe Vera: Keeping it Coming and Growing

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You can buy jars and tubes of pharmaceutically prepared Aloe Vera that does not really cost much, but you still need to pay for it. You could have a fresh supply of Aloe gel by growing it yourself. Planting and caring for a few pots is easy, and the rewards are countless. Harvest Aloe leaves from your own plants whenever you need them, and share with your family and friends.

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Here are the things you will need and a few simple steps for growing a small garden of Aloe Vera:

What you need:

  • Seeds or about six-inch cuttings.
  • Clay pot (terracotta is good)
  • Potting soil.
  • Water.

How to Start and Maintain an Aloe Vera Garden:

  1. 1
    You need buy seeds from a wholesale houseplant garden or store.
    To save money, get healthy cuttings from another aloe plant from commercial gardens or friends.
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    Nearly fill the pot with potting soil.
    Plant the seeds in the soil. If you are using Aloe Vera cuttings, bury half of the cutting in the soil. Choose the right pots, as this plant grows fast; find pots that can accommodate the fast growing roots. It must be shallow because these plants' roots do not grow deep. Make sure there are enough drainage holes for excess water to drain.
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    In two weeks, seeds will germinate and the plant will show the first signs of leaves.
    For the cuttings, you need to be patient as it takes several weeks, even months for new growths to appear.
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    Keep watering the seeds or cuttings, but be careful to allow the soil to dry out between each watering.
    Feel the top two inches of the soil; water when it feels dry. Avoid overwatering or the young growths will rot. As these plants are xerophytes, they can stand aridity. If you missed watering the young plants for a week, it's still not a problem. To water, thoroughly soak the soil.
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    Add fertilizer, but only when necessary.
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    Observe and watch for the signs of being overexposed.
    When leaves start to develop an orange color (necrosis), move the pot to the shade. At the start, make sure not to overexpose the plants to direct sunlight. After about three weeks, put the pots in an area where they can get a bit of sunlight.
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    Keep following the steps until you become used to them.
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Tips and Warnings

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As medicine:

  • Oral: Ingestion of Aloe Vera gel may trigger diarrhea, constipation, abdominal cramps, vomiting, reddening of urine, and even hepatitis. Extended use may also increase the risk for colorectal cancer. Excessive laxative effect can result in dehydration and imbalanced electrolytes.
  • Topical: For people sensitive to Aloe Vera, it may cause redness and a stinging or burning sensation. This usually happens to individuals with allergies to anthraquinones (aloin and barbaloin). To test sensitivity, apply on a small area first.
  • Interactions: Certain aloe ingredients may intensify the absorption of steroid creams like hydrocortisone. Due to its tendency to decrease potassium it may similarly increase the antagonistic effects of digoxin and digitoxin. Clinical studies also revealed a higher risk of potassium loss if used simultaneously with furosemide. It can potentially reduce the sugar levels in the blood and may, therefore, interact with diabetic drugs and insulin.
  • Contraindication: It is not advisable for people with allergy to plants of the Liliaceae family. It is also not recommended for pregnant women as it can stimulate uterine contractions, and lactating mothers, as it can cause gastrointestinal distress to nursing babies.
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Growing your Aloe Vera:

  • Are you over-watering your aloe plant? Check out the leaves. Firm leaves indicate enough water, while soft and mushy leaves indicate too much water.
  • Indoor or Outdoor? Take your aloe Vera plants outdoors during summer or spring when the temperature is aver 50 degrees Fahrenheit and there is no danger of frost. Let your plant get a bit of the morning sun. When the temperature takes a dip, take your pot indoors. When your plant becomes mushy, take it inside and see if the plant can come back from its roots. Aloe grows in warm climates, and will not winter over in coder climates.
  • How often will you feed your plant? Fertilizing can be done every spring. Use half-strength of the bloom type fertilizer that has higher phosphorus content.
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Questions and Answers

Can I use Aloe Vera as a plant fertilizer?

Yes, you can use Aloe Vera as a plant fertilizer. With the proper use of Aloe Vera as fertilizer for your plants, it can produce great effects to your plants. It's a good idea to use leaves that you've cut to extract the gel, for this purpose.

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Aloe Vera can provide phytochemicals and Polysaccharides, beneficial to plant growth. It can make the plants healthier by giving them a stronger immune system. It can promote the growth of plants and can also repels certain insects.

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Yes you could and it is safe to use it, since the Aloe Vera plant contains Glyco Nutrients, necessary for plants to grow. Also, this plant is quite popular nowadays for making it as a fertilizer in some countries. To know more about why Aloe Vera is used as a fertilizer watch this video.

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Yes, you can use Aloe Vera as plant fertilizer. Aloe Vera is actually one of the best natural plant fertilizers because of these following factors:

1. Aloe Vera contains micro nutrients that help improve the soil quality – making the plant more healthy.

2. Aloe Vera contains Polysaccerides and Phytochemicals – both essential for plant growth and making plants more resistant to certain plant diseases.

3. Study shows that Aloe Vera also minimizes insect and bird attacks on plants.

4. Aloe Vera also helps reduce certain plant pathogens.

The above mentioned factors makes Aloe Vera one of the best natural plant fertilizers by nourishing the soil, improving the growth of the plant, reducing plant pathogens and it even acts a good insect and bird repellent.

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Aside for the medicinal uses of Aloe Vera, what are other uses?

Aloe Vera is used to treat many skin diseases. It has sterile and antibacterial properties which are highly effective in treating cuts and abrasions. Aloe Vera has many other uses aside from medicinal purposes, so here are some:

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  • Use on your scalp to help control hair loss.
  • Use as a body scrub. Cut the leaves lengthwise and use the innermost side as a biodegradable body scrub.
  • Use as moisturizer.
  • Control signs of skin aging, like wrinkles.
  • Minimize hair dandruff. Just mix Aloe Vera juice with coconut milk and wheat germ oil.
  • Remove make up.
  • Use as conditioner for your hair.
  • Use as a dietary supplement.
  • Build your immune system.
  • Use as food preservative.
  • Detoxify your body.
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There are other purposes of the wonder plant Aloe Vera aside from its great medicinal purposes. One of the uses of Aloe Vera can be seen in agriculture. The most common agricultural uses of Aloe Vera are:

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1. For plant fertilizer.

2. For soil conditioning.

3. Increases other plant's disease resistant ability.

4. Insect repellent.

Aloe Vera contains essential micro nutrients that are very helpful in plant growth, it also makes the soil more fertile, contains Phytochemicals which help to increase the resistant of plants to various diseases and the Aloe Vera extract is very effective for bug spray. Aloe Vera is not only limited to medicinal uses but it is also used in agriculture because of its chemical properties that make it one of the best natural fertilizers, soil conditioners, plant health enhancers and insect repellents - making the plant Aloe Vera worthy to be called wonder plant.

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How does Aloe Vera help to reduce cancer cells?

The ingredients that make Aloe Vera medicine; how it is used, what are its benefits and is there background literature?

Aloe Vera alone won't reduce cancer cells. It only aids in doing so, together with many other components. Aloe Vera is rich in antioxidants and it boosts the body's immune system. This is mainly the reason why it can contribute to reduction of cancer cells. However, it remains to be crucial that a person with cancer continues to undergo the usual treatment. Aloe Vera is just a supplement.

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What element makes the Aloe Vera a disinfectant?

The use of botanicals for medicinal purposes began as soon as humans discovered its nourishing value as food. Early civilizations and indigenous cultures have ancient records of how plants were used in their healing rituals. Some survived the challenges of time and have developed into traditional medical systems recognized by modern civilization such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and the East Indian tradition - Ayurveda. To date, nearly 80 percent of people around the world use herbs for primary health care; Aloe Vera is among the botanicals that has gained a place in modern herbology.

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It's not surprising, as Aloe Vera is one of those plants appreciated for its amazing healing virtues for various ailments and infections. With its germ-killing properties - antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal – it's an effective botanical that can be used as an antibiotic and disinfectant. It also possesses other properties that make it useful for treating other disorders and diseases.

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An overview: The Many Medicinal Uses of Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a notably useful botanical that works against infections caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi. It works as an antiseptic that can kill infective microorganisms in Candida infections and open wounds. This is also why it speeds up the healing of burns – caused by either radiation, the sun, hot water, fire, etc. Theoretically, it can replace a number of first-aid products or make wound-dressing products obsolete.

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Aloe Vera has many other medicinal uses. Here are the many ways Aloe Vera can heal your body:

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  1. 1
    Slows down the progression of cancer cells.
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  2. 2
    Stabilizes the level of sugar in the blood.
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  3. 3
    Lowers the level of bad cholesterol and triglycerides.
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  4. 4
    Treats the causes of hypertension to naturally lower blood.
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  5. 5
    Prevents the formation of "sludge blood" or "sticky blood" to prevent strokes.
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  6. 6
    Improves the oxygenation of blood.
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  7. 7
    Balances the acidic nature of many unhealthy diets by alkalizing the body cells.
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  8. 8
    Heals digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcers, constipation, and Crohn's disease.
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    Decelerates colon cancer, and improves health of the digestive tract.
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    Supplies the cells in the body with nutritive elements, minerals, vitamins, glyconutrients, and enzymes.
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    Relieves pain and reduces swelling of the arthritic joints.
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  12. 12
    Eases cells in the body from oxidative stress.
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  13. 13
    Thwarts the formation of kidney stones caused by oxalates from tea and coffee and other renal conditions.
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  14. 14
    Restores the body's electrolyte balance, making it a good additive or supplement to common sports drinks.
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    Electrolytes contained in Aloe Vera helps speed up the recovery time from injuries or physical exertion.
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    Boosts cardiovascular performance and improves physical endurance.
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    Enhances skin by moisturizing and hydrating it.
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    Accelerates and promotes skin health and repair.
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The Ingredients Found in Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera contains many constituents that make its medicinal properties effective - laxative, boosting of the immune system, moisturizing, antioxidant properties, etc. If you are wondering what makes Aloe Vera a wonderful and effective antiseptic and antibiotic medicinal plant, here's why:.

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  1. 1
    Anthraquinones:
    There are actually 12 kinds of anthraquinones, which are phenolic compounds that function as laxatives. Aloin and emodin are known to function as analgesics, antibacterials and antivirals.
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  2. 2
    Fatty Acids:
    It supplies the body with four kinds of plant steroids, namely cholesterol, lupeol, campesterol, and β-sisosterol. Lupeol is known for its analgesic and antiseptic actions and all have anti-inflammatory properties.
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  3. 3
    Sugars:
    It has a mucilage layer consisting of mucopolysaccharides that can supply the body with monosaccharides (glucose and fructose) and polysaccharides (glucomannans/polymannose). Aside from its valuable monosaccharide (mannose-6-phosphate) and polysaccharides (glucomannans [beta-(1, 4)-acetylated mannan], it also has a prominent glucomannan (acemannan), glycoprotein (alprogen) known to be an anti-allergen, and C-glucosyl chromone, an anti-inflammatory compound.
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  4. 4
    Hormones:
    Just like most plants, Aloe Vera similarly contains auxins and gibberellins important in the fast healing of wounds because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
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  5. 5
    Enzymes:
    There are, in fact, eight enzymes found in Aloe Vera - namely aliiase, amylase, alkaline phosphatase, bradykinase, catalase, carboxypeptidase, lipase, cellulase, and peroxidase. Bradykinase helps to reduce excessive inflammation when applied to the skin topically.
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    Vitamins:
    Aside from B12, it also contains important vitamins/antioxidants such as A (beta-carotene), E and C. It also contains folic acid, and choline.
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    Minerals:
    Aloe Vera is known to contain chromium, calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese, selenium, sodium, potassium, and zinc. Most of these play critical roles in various metabolic pathways.
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    Others:
    Aloe Vera amazingly contains 20 of the 22 amino acids and 7 of the 8 essential amino acids the human body requires.
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Ways to Use Aloe Vera as Disinfectant, Antiseptic and Antibiotic

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    Disinfectant:
    Aloe Vera can kill many strains of bacteria, viruses and fungi, which is why it's included in many of the pharmaceutical topical ointments. Its gel-like sap can be directly applied to skin that has been burned, bruises, wounds and cuts in order to kill infective microbes and promote healing.
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  2. 2
    Antibacterial:
    The gel found inside the leaf of Aloe Vera has been proven to inhibit the growth of Streptococcus and Shigella species in the laboratory in vitro experiments, but not against the Xanthomonas species. Aloe Vera gel can be applied directly to infected skin and to post-surgical wounds to accelerate the recovery time and speed up healing. It is also effective against herpes, urticaria, conjunctivitis, and vaginal infections.
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  3. 3
    Antifungal:
    Extracts of Aloe Vera have been shown to hinder the growth of the fungi that cause tinea, dandruff and other skin infections caused by fungus. Its antifungal properties are also exhibited when it is added to the water in aquariums or fish tanks to kill fungi that make the fish sick.
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  4. 4
    Anti-acne:
    Aside from its germicidal and anti-inflammatory properties, Aloe Vera also promotes faster healing with minimal scarring. Apply it by placing a small amount of gel on the finger before smoothing and rubbing it directly on the acne. With its antioxidants and moisturizing properties (being 99 percent water), it can hydrate, moisturize and nourish skin.
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  5. 5
    Other Applications:
    Aloe Vera gel promotes healing of rashes, insect bites, sores, and allergic reactions. It can also be taken internally to heal benign skin cysts and to boost the immune system, lower sugar level and blood pressure, etc. It can help people suffering from psoriasis, and radiation dermatitis among others.
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Harvesting Aloe Vera leaves and Processing the Gel

  1. 1
    Cut off the leaves at the base - close to the stem.
    You have the option to harvest one leaf whenever you need it or you can harvest several leaves and "process" them to make a larger quantity that you can keep in the fridge.
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  2. 2
    Wash off all the dirt using clean running water.
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  3. 3
    Slice down the length of the leaf.
    Don't cut the leaf entirely in half, just slice to access the gel inside.
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    Open the leaf where you've sliced it.
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    Get a spoon and scoop the gel-like sap from the inside of the leaf.
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  6. 6
    Pour off all the collected gel into a food processor or blender to process it for just a few seconds.
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  7. 7
    Place in small ice cube trays and freeze for long-term use.
    Retrieve and use as needed, but you can keep a small amount in the fridge for immediate use.
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Growing Aloe Vera: Keeping it Coming and Growing

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You can buy jars and tubes of pharmaceutically prepared Aloe Vera that does not really cost much, but you still need to pay for it. You could have a fresh supply of Aloe gel by growing it yourself. Planting and caring for a few pots is easy, and the rewards are countless. Harvest Aloe leaves from your own plants whenever you need them, and share with your family and friends.

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Here are the things you will need and a few simple steps for growing a small garden of Aloe Vera:

What you need:

  • Seeds or about six-inch cuttings.
  • Clay pot (terracotta is good)
  • Potting soil.
  • Water.

How to Start and Maintain an Aloe Vera Garden:

  1. 1
    You need buy seeds from a wholesale houseplant garden or store.
    To save money, get healthy cuttings from another aloe plant from commercial gardens or friends.
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    Nearly fill the pot with potting soil.
    Plant the seeds in the soil. If you are using Aloe Vera cuttings, bury half of the cutting in the soil. Choose the right pots, as this plant grows fast; find pots that can accommodate the fast growing roots. It must be shallow because these plants' roots do not grow deep. Make sure there are enough drainage holes for excess water to drain.
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    In two weeks, seeds will germinate and the plant will show the first signs of leaves.
    For the cuttings, you need to be patient as it takes several weeks, even months for new growths to appear.
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    Keep watering the seeds or cuttings, but be careful to allow the soil to dry out between each watering.
    Feel the top two inches of the soil; water when it feels dry. Avoid overwatering or the young growths will rot. As these plants are xerophytes, they can stand aridity. If you missed watering the young plants for a week, it's still not a problem. To water, thoroughly soak the soil.
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    Add fertilizer, but only when necessary.
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    Observe and watch for the signs of being overexposed.
    When leaves start to develop an orange color (necrosis), move the pot to the shade. At the start, make sure not to overexpose the plants to direct sunlight. After about three weeks, put the pots in an area where they can get a bit of sunlight.
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    Keep following the steps until you become used to them.
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Tips and Warnings

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As medicine:

  • Oral: Ingestion of Aloe Vera gel may trigger diarrhea, constipation, abdominal cramps, vomiting, reddening of urine, and even hepatitis. Extended use may also increase the risk for colorectal cancer. Excessive laxative effect can result in dehydration and imbalanced electrolytes.
  • Topical: For people sensitive to Aloe Vera, it may cause redness and a stinging or burning sensation. This usually happens to individuals with allergies to anthraquinones (aloin and barbaloin). To test sensitivity, apply on a small area first.
  • Interactions: Certain aloe ingredients may intensify the absorption of steroid creams like hydrocortisone. Due to its tendency to decrease potassium it may similarly increase the antagonistic effects of digoxin and digitoxin. Clinical studies also revealed a higher risk of potassium loss if used simultaneously with furosemide. It can potentially reduce the sugar levels in the blood and may, therefore, interact with diabetic drugs and insulin.
  • Contraindication: It is not advisable for people with allergy to plants of the Liliaceae family. It is also not recommended for pregnant women as it can stimulate uterine contractions, and lactating mothers, as it can cause gastrointestinal distress to nursing babies.
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Growing your Aloe Vera:

  • Are you over-watering your aloe plant? Check out the leaves. Firm leaves indicate enough water, while soft and mushy leaves indicate too much water.
  • Indoor or Outdoor? Take your aloe Vera plants outdoors during summer or spring when the temperature is aver 50 degrees Fahrenheit and there is no danger of frost. Let your plant get a bit of the morning sun. When the temperature takes a dip, take your pot indoors. When your plant becomes mushy, take it inside and see if the plant can come back from its roots. Aloe grows in warm climates, and will not winter over in coder climates.
  • How often will you feed your plant? Fertilizing can be done every spring. Use half-strength of the bloom type fertilizer that has higher phosphorus content.
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Questions and Answers

Can I use Aloe Vera as a plant fertilizer?

Yes, you can use Aloe Vera as a plant fertilizer. With the proper use of Aloe Vera as fertilizer for your plants, it can produce great effects to your plants. It's a good idea to use leaves that you've cut to extract the gel, for this purpose.

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Aloe Vera can provide phytochemicals and Polysaccharides, beneficial to plant growth. It can make the plants healthier by giving them a stronger immune system. It can promote the growth of plants and can also repels certain insects.

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Yes you could and it is safe to use it, since the Aloe Vera plant contains Glyco Nutrients, necessary for plants to grow. Also, this plant is quite popular nowadays for making it as a fertilizer in some countries. To know more about why Aloe Vera is used as a fertilizer watch this video.

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Yes, you can use Aloe Vera as plant fertilizer. Aloe Vera is actually one of the best natural plant fertilizers because of these following factors:

1. Aloe Vera contains micro nutrients that help improve the soil quality – making the plant more healthy.

2. Aloe Vera contains Polysaccerides and Phytochemicals – both essential for plant growth and making plants more resistant to certain plant diseases.

3. Study shows that Aloe Vera also minimizes insect and bird attacks on plants.

4. Aloe Vera also helps reduce certain plant pathogens.

The above mentioned factors makes Aloe Vera one of the best natural plant fertilizers by nourishing the soil, improving the growth of the plant, reducing plant pathogens and it even acts a good insect and bird repellent.

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Aside for the medicinal uses of Aloe Vera, what are other uses?

Aloe Vera is used to treat many skin diseases. It has sterile and antibacterial properties which are highly effective in treating cuts and abrasions. Aloe Vera has many other uses aside from medicinal purposes, so here are some:

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  • Use on your scalp to help control hair loss.
  • Use as a body scrub. Cut the leaves lengthwise and use the innermost side as a biodegradable body scrub.
  • Use as moisturizer.
  • Control signs of skin aging, like wrinkles.
  • Minimize hair dandruff. Just mix Aloe Vera juice with coconut milk and wheat germ oil.
  • Remove make up.
  • Use as conditioner for your hair.
  • Use as a dietary supplement.
  • Build your immune system.
  • Use as food preservative.
  • Detoxify your body.
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There are other purposes of the wonder plant Aloe Vera aside from its great medicinal purposes. One of the uses of Aloe Vera can be seen in agriculture. The most common agricultural uses of Aloe Vera are:

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1. For plant fertilizer.

2. For soil conditioning.

3. Increases other plant's disease resistant ability.

4. Insect repellent.

Aloe Vera contains essential micro nutrients that are very helpful in plant growth, it also makes the soil more fertile, contains Phytochemicals which help to increase the resistant of plants to various diseases and the Aloe Vera extract is very effective for bug spray. Aloe Vera is not only limited to medicinal uses but it is also used in agriculture because of its chemical properties that make it one of the best natural fertilizers, soil conditioners, plant health enhancers and insect repellents - making the plant Aloe Vera worthy to be called wonder plant.

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How does Aloe Vera help to reduce cancer cells?

The ingredients that make Aloe Vera medicine; how it is used, what are its benefits and is there background literature?

Aloe Vera alone won't reduce cancer cells. It only aids in doing so, together with many other components. Aloe Vera is rich in antioxidants and it boosts the body's immune system. This is mainly the reason why it can contribute to reduction of cancer cells. However, it remains to be crucial that a person with cancer continues to undergo the usual treatment. Aloe Vera is just a supplement.

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What element makes the Aloe Vera a disinfectant?

Can you explain what element makes the Aloe Vera a disinfectant?

What gives Aloe Vera its disinfectant herbal properties has to do with the active disinfectant compounds found in its gel. Aloe Vera gel is mostly used to disinfect wounds and prevent further infection because of the active compounds lupeol, cinnamic acid, phenol, sulphur and salicylic acid, which prevents and kills pathogens present in wounds that can cause certain diseases. These compounds are also effective in killing bacterial, fungal and viral infections internally and externally. In general, Aloe Vera has various active compounds as mentioned above which gives Aloe Vera its disinfectant properties.

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How do I use Aloe Vera to prepare soap liquid?

How can I prepare liquid soap with Aloe Vera?

Mix 3 parts water or oil like coconut oil with 1 part Aloe Vera juice. You also can add the Aloe Vera to a liquid soap you already use.

Can I use Vinegar in the soil to repel Micro Ants that have made their home in the soil?

I'd like to kill micro ants without hurting the Aloe Vera.. I have tried: Water, light repellent diluted in water. I think it was caused by: I placed the plant outside during a vacation. When I came back, I noticed Micro Ants in the pot, therefore I was forced to leave it outside.

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Vinegar can make the soil too acidic. Especially if used on an indoor plant. Citrus oil and dish soap can be sprayed on the plant as well as sprinkle cinnamon all over the plant and mix the cinnamon in the potted soil as well to repel the ants.

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Can we use Aloe Vera extracts for disinfecting water?

Can we use Aloe Vera extracts to disinfect water or wastewater. I see a way of the application of Aloe Vera extracts as an engineering solution for disinfecting wastewater.

Recently, Aloe Vera in high concentration was proven to reduce bacteria in Dental Water Lines. You want to open a 3-inch Aloe Vera leaf, butterfly the section by creating a slit lengthwise and submerge in the water you are purifying for 24 hours. One slit of the plant can purify up to 5 gallons of water.

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Can you explain what element makes the Aloe Vera a disinfectant?'

What gives Aloe Vera its disinfectant herbal properties has to do with the active disinfectant compounds found in its gel. Aloe Vera gel is mostly used to disinfect wounds and prevent further infection because of the active compounds lupeol, cinnamic acid, phenol, sulphur and salicylic acid, which prevents and kills pathogens present in wounds that can cause certain diseases. These compounds are also effective in killing bacterial, fungal and viral infections internally and externally. In general, Aloe Vera has various active compounds as mentioned above which gives Aloe Vera its disinfectant properties.

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How do I use Aloe Vera to prepare soap liquid?

How can I prepare liquid soap with Aloe Vera?

Mix 3 parts water or oil like coconut oil with 1 part Aloe Vera juice. You also can add the Aloe Vera to a liquid soap you already use.

Can I use Vinegar in the soil to repel Micro Ants that have made their home in the soil?

I'd like to kill micro ants without hurting the Aloe Vera.. I have tried: Water, light repellent diluted in water. I think it was caused by: I placed the plant outside during a vacation. When I came back, I noticed Micro Ants in the pot, therefore I was forced to leave it outside.

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Vinegar can make the soil too acidic. Especially if used on an indoor plant. Citrus oil and dish soap can be sprayed on the plant as well as sprinkle cinnamon all over the plant and mix the cinnamon in the potted soil as well to repel the ants.

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Can we use Aloe Vera extracts for disinfecting water?

Can we use Aloe Vera extracts to disinfect water or wastewater. I see a way of the application of Aloe Vera extracts as an engineering solution for disinfecting wastewater.

Recently, Aloe Vera in high concentration was proven to reduce bacteria in Dental Water Lines. You want to open a 3-inch Aloe Vera leaf, butterfly the section by creating a slit lengthwise and submerge in the water you are purifying for 24 hours. One slit of the plant can purify up to 5 gallons of water.

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