Aloe Vera, the Healer Plant
Aloe Vera Fleshy and Fucculent Plant
Family of the: Xanthorrohoeacea
Common name: Aloe Vera
Scientific name: Aloe Vera
This plant grows in tropical countries and warm places, however the plant is native to Africa more specifically Northern Africa.
The Aloe Vera plant is a fleshy or succulent plant. In other words the plant leaves (it may also be roots) are full of gelatinous material. The gelatinous material inside the plant is mostly water however there are two active nutrients in the plant that serve the purpose of anti inflammatory and skin healer.
Polysaccharides enzymes nutrients and vitamins refresh skins and tissues. The plant has the process of photosynthesis in the roots for its leaves store the fleshy material. The plant is an angiosperm that resembles a cactus.
This unique looking plant is decorated with thorns all along the ridges of the leaves that do not actually present any harm unless intentionally grabbed that way. The plant can grow up to be 40 inches in height and its leaves can present colors from green to a grayish green. The plants roots do not reach very deep underground, making it easy to harvest complete plants at farms.
Uses of the Aloe Vera
The plant can be used as an ornamental plant at your home; but the greatest uses are medicinal. An aloe plan is a miraculous plant to make all sorts of home and of course natural remedies. For example you can make a completely natural juice of Aloe Vera with pineapple and cucumbers that will aid you with your bowel movements and it will also help you reduce your weight. Another great home remedy that can be done with the Aloe Vera is dabbing the gel inside the leaves on the acne on your face.
It is as simple as peeling off the cover of the leaf and allowing the gel cover the affected area. The results are not immediate however they are much faster than any other home remedy available. The plant is used to make juices to help your digestive system function well. Shampoos and gels to aid hair loss and creams for your skin.
Aloe Vera is also used to heal sun burns and burns in general. One last thing we have forgotten to mention is that Aloe Vera is a key ingredient in many dietary supplements. This is an amazing plant that can be used for many common skin problems giving it extremely useful properties for handy home remedies and for the creation of thousands of products that have it as a key ingredient in the pharmaceutical world.
A true story
From a personal anecdote I can assure you that aloe is a powerful medicinal herb. A while back a family friend had a motorcycle accident in which, sadly, he lost most of the skin on his on the right side of his face, shoulder and arm. Within a mere week of applying aloe on his skin our friend had become completely healed without any signs of scarring from the incident. Aloe is powerful.
Aloe Vera Juice Recipe
Pineapple the Immune System Guardian
Family of the: Bromeliaceae
Common name: Pineapple
Scientific name: Ananas comosus
Where it grows: These plants are indigenous to South America, specifically the country of Brazil. Nonethelessit is a tropical fruit that is grown in massive quantities all over the world. Beginning from the country it is indigenous to; Brazil, they are also grown in China, Hawaii, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, India, the Philippines and Nigeria. the harvesting does not require much water and soils that are mildly acidic. They grow best in full sunlight and enjoy soils that drain well.
Bromeliads are a pretty spiky type of plant family. The largest in the bromeliad family can grow up to 3 meters in height. Pineapples however, grow up to a meter and a half in size with long sharp spiked leaves. The leaves can grow up to 70 inches in size and portray various hues from green to red to white.
The flower of this fruit looks like the birth child of a lotus flower and a thistle and it is remarkable. It has a tone between red and magenta. The fruit grows on the center of the plant and it resembles a pinecone with a yellow color and a spiky green hat. The fruit is the product of the fusion of many other smaller fruits (pineapple fruit of course).
Pineapples are generally chopped up into chunks and served fresh. Mainly a component in fruit salads, beverages and as a garnish in many other culinary inventions. This fruit can be used to reduce inflammation and to aid bowel movement thanks to the presence of fiber in them.
As it is a very digestive fruit, it can be used for cooking meats, to make delicious juices combinations, marvelous deserts, cakes, and marmalade. If you are lactose tolerant, a combination of this fruit juice and milk is very refreshing for the summer heat.
Pineapples also make your skin look better! So eat up!
Bitter Orange, Have you Tried to Lose Weight with it?
Family of the:
Common name: Bitter Orange
Scientific name: Citrus aurantium
Where it grows: It is native to southern Vietnam but it is widely cultivated, including the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.
The tree can grow similar to a regular orange tree, the fruit skin is dimpled, the juice is really taste strong and if you are making a beverage it is good to add sugar as you won't be able to drink it normally.
This fruit contains synephrine and octopamine, alkaloids that can stimulate the nervous system and it has been blamed for a range of heart problem, angina and strokes, reason why it has been banned by the FDA.
Bitter Orange Juice
In the cooking department, this orange is used as a salad dressing, to marinade, in stews and pickles as a souring agent.
In the dietary division it is used as an appetite suppressant and supplement to weight loss.
It is known to burn fat and to help reduce cholesterol when drank with coffee.
The oil is made from the peel, which as well as its flowers are used to help with anemia, skin impurities, as a tonic, to aid hair loss and the oil inhaled is used as a pain killer. The leaves, oil and peel of this orange are used as well, to make tea for headaches and to alleviate stomach indigestions and heartburn, nasal congestion, bladder problems and insomnia.
Other uses of the oil are: aromatic cooking, cosmetics, soaps and perfumes, and if a wasp stings you, the peel of this citrus will lower the swelling.
In the Caribbean, the juice is used to make salad dressing in a very particular and delicious way.
To prepare, you will need a large amount of this juice. You will also add hot peppers, garlic, oregano and salt to the mix. This dressing can be used in all salads variety, in stews, and for the real lovers, this can be used in any meal to keep the cholesterol levels down.
The Jelly or marmalade is known to be very delicious also.
Article by: Alain Gutierrez
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