Cleopatra and Nefertiti have stood out in my mind as I’ve pondered the historical uses of this ancient herb. The Aloe Vera Plants were used by the Egyptian Queens down through the centuries. Herbs such as Aloe Vera were depended upon as part of medicinal and beauty treatments for so many different ailments..
What is quite fascinating is that Aloe Vera contains substances that help relieve stress factors within our bodies. While I can only imagine some of the stresses the Egyptian Queens may have endured, I’m quite certain that within our rapidly changing planet we may be faced with a wider spectrum of problems. Perhaps some that many of us may have never thought of..
While there is an enormous selection of conclusive studies and research to be found through the International Aloe Science Council, simply put, Aloe has one of the widest ranges of health benefits to be found in most plants.
Aloe Vera is known to have 75 known nutrients: 20 minerals, 20 amino acids, and 12 vitamins. So what this means for us is that because of the wide range of nutrients, the effectiveness when taken internally increases the body’s ability to adapt to environmental and internal stresses.
.So, if you’ve had a bad day, which from what I understand after reading through the book “Healing Aloe” it can actually consist of things in the environment, like pollution, or consuming unhealthy foods, or a hectic day at the office. These type of stresses might apply to anyone one of us on any given day. Could it be that Aloe Vera may hold the key to strengthening our bodies systems for enduring such things?
What does this mean for us at the farm? After reading through some of “The Green Smoothie Girls” recipe ideas that encourage us to add Aloe Vera in our diets, well, we certainly don’t want to consume Aloe grown with chemical fertilizers or any other type of chemical for that matter.
Aloe, being a succulent plant will store up its own nutrients, food and water naturally. Much like cactus plants will do in the wild. Only healthy natural soil and sunshine are all these plants require to contain optimum nutritional value for turning our bad days into a great day experience. I find myself viewing Aloe as being another one of those “keeping the natural simplicity” and “our food safe” scenarios that just might be the best option for us at the farm. How about you?