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The Aloe Vera Plant

Sharon Leake

One of the most useful plants to have, IMO, is the Aloe Vera.
The Aloe Vera plant can be used for such a variety of conditions, that this plant makes my top 10 for sure. It's also easily grown indoors.
Beneficial for : Wounds, minor burns (1st or 2nd degree), sunburn, mouth sores, herpes, psoriasis, eczema, constipation, bloating, ulcers, to reduce blood sugar & cholesterol.

Aloe is a natural source of B12 (which is not common in the plant world). B12 plays an important part in RBC formation, neurological functions, & DNA synthesis. So if you'r e already taking Aloe for digestive complaints you may likely be in need of the B12 that goes along with the increased bile flow you'll receive.

You may have a B12 deficiency if you suffer from atrophic gastritis, pernicious anemia, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, bacterial infection, parasites, alcoholism, or heavy drinking, Grave's disease, Lupus, or long term usage of antacids. Vegans are also at risk of B12 deficiency as are the elderly.

B12 deficiency can cause weakness, tiredness, lightheadedness, palpitations, shortness of breath, pale skin, red smooth tongue, constipation, diarrhea, gas, loss of appetite, neurological symptoms such as numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, and problems walking, vision loss, depression, memory loss, or behavioral problems.

Aloe Vera is a source of 8 essential amino acids. It also moisturizes the skin and stimulates fibroblast activity promoting the production of collagen and elastin giving the skin a smoother, rejuvenated appearance. I have had clients who have had great results using Aloe Vera in their face creams to reduce the redness of their rosacea.

If you are pregnant or nursing check with your HCP before taking any supplements. Do not take Aloe internally along with prescribed medications, as this may affect the absorption.


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