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Aloe Be Thy Name

Stephanie Aniliker

Aloe Vera Facts

Most people associate aloe vera benefits with healing sunburns, but did you know that aloe also contains bacteria-fighting, soothing ingredients that fight inflammation, redness and itching? For hundreds of years aloe has been used to treat skin diseases, infections and as a natural treatment for fungal diseases in traditional Chinese medicine.

Recent research results suggest that aloe vera is effective for burns and wound healing, but surprisingly it also detoxifies you from the inside out. So much so that when taken orally, aloe can even decrease the number and size of tumors and parasites in the liver, spleen and bone marrow.

Aloe vera plants produce two substances used for medicine: the gel found in the cells in the center of the leaf, and the latex that’s obtained from the cells just beneath the leaves’ skin. These can be used as a natural skin care remedy for burns, frostbite, psoriasis and cold sores.

Aloe vera is considered to be the most biologically active form of the Aloe barbadensis miller species and holds more than 75 potentially active ingredients including anti-inflammatories, vitamins, minerals, saccharides, amino acids, fatty acids, enzymes, lignin and salicylic acids. There are what gives aloe its signature anti-microbial and antifungal properties that make it a “photodynamic therapy” for healing skin.

Cucumbers have been a popular vegetable used in Indian traditional medicine since ancient times. Known for their antidiabetic, lipid-lowering and antioxidant activity, cucumbers have a detoxifying, cleansing effect on the body.

They’re also naturally “cooling” and a great way to prevent dehydration, constipation and overheating.

 

Cucumber Nutrition Facts

More than just way to reduce puffiness around your eyes, cucumbers also have some impressive benefits when it comes to fighting free radical damage and inflammation. They contain some powerful polyphenol compounds that can help naturally slow aging caused by oxidative stress.

After investigating the potential free radical-scavenging abilities of cucumbers, researchers from the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Haryana, India, report that within cucumbers “the presence of flavonoids and tannins in their extract, as evidenced by preliminary phytochemical screening, suggests that these compounds might be responsible for free radical scavenging and analgesic effects … Regular consumption of natural antioxidants from vegetables, fruit, tea, and herbs may contribute to a shift in balance toward an ample antioxidant status.”

 

Proven Chamomile Benefits

Chamomile plants are a member of the Asteraceae/Compositae family. There are two common types of chamomile used medicinally today: German chamomile (chamomillarecutita) and Roman chamomile (chamaemelumnobile). Chamomile tea and herbal extracts that are now sold worldwide for human consumption are prepared from dried flowers of the Matricaria species.

One cup of chamomile tea has two calories, two milligrams of sodium and no cholesterol. Chamomile is commonly used for improving many different health conditions, including:

Fighting anxiety and depression

Natural allergy fighter or hay fever

Anti-inflammatory

Muscle spasms treatment

PMS natural remedy and other menstrual disorders

Insomnia cure

Skin disorders

Ulcers

Wounds

Gastrointestinal disorders

Natural arthritis cure and rheumatic pain reliever

Hemorrhoids home remedy

How can one herb do so much? Chamomile benefits include being used in dozens of ways to soothe the body, whether it be lowering pain due to sickness or childbirth, or fighting skin irritations and helping reduce anxiety.

The list of ways that chamomile extract can be used is surprisingly long, and some popular all-natural chamomile remedies include: diffusing it in the home to help with falling asleep; applying its oils to skin to heal bug bites, itching and act as a natural eczema remedy.

Aloe Be Thy Name

We at “The Green Owl’ have wrapped up all of this goodness in one! Not only is “Aloe be thy name” a fantastic choice for after sun care but a perfect choice for daily regimen!  

 

Peace to you and your skin-

Stephanie



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