Health and Wellness Fridays – Aloe Vera

Hello and welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!  Today we’re going to be looking at some of the possible benefits of using aloe vera.

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Some common names for aloe include: Chinese Aloe, Indian Aloe, True Aloe, Barbados Aloe, Burn Aloe, First Aid Plant, Elephant’s Gall, Wand of Heaven and Miracle Plant.  Did you know that there are over 450 different species of aloe ?    Aloe has been around for thousands of years and was even presented as a funeral gift to pharaohs as it was referred to as the “plant of immortality“.

Aloe vera is just one of the many species of aloe that can be found in tropical climates around the world.  Each leaf has spiky thorns that run along the sides.  On the inside of the leaf there is a thick, clear, slimy gel that is bitter in taste.   The leaf is filled with at least 75 nutrients, 20 minerals, 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids, and 200 active enzymes.  Some people even call it a superfood.

It is used topically and orally and can be found in many consumer products such as: beverages, skin lotions, cosmetics and some skin ointments.

Here is a list of some of the suggested benefits of using the gel.

  1. Anti-bacterial
  2. Anti-viral
  3. Anti-fungal 
  4. Antioxidant
  5. Good moisturizer
  6. Detoxifying the body
  7. Relieves indigestion and upset stomach
  8. Strengthen the digestive tract
  9. Alleviates joint inflammation
  10. Reduces dental plaque
  11. Helps treat mouth ulcers
  12. Treatment of acne
  13. Treatment of minor burns
  14. Treatment of itchy skin and mouth
  15. Supports cardiovascular health
  16. Reduces constipation
  17. Air purification
  18. Increases your ability to cope with stress
  19. May improve appearance of skin
  20. Alkalizes the body
  21. Lower cholesterol

Some possible side effects:

The aloe latex (the yellow juice near the rind) is where most of the danger lies. However, substances in the gel itself can also be harmful to some people. Let’s take a look.

  1. Contact dermatitis has been known to affect some individuals so please exercise caution.  Test a small area of the skin, such as the inner forearm, for any reaction.
  2. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should avoid taking it orally.
  3. Some people might experience stomach pain, cramps, and diarrhea.
  4. Some research suggests that aloe vera might lower blood sugar.  Any diabetics using it orally should check their blood sugar levels closely.
  5. Persons suffering from any of these intestinal conditions such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or obstruction should avoid taking aloe orally.
  6. Anyone suffering from hemorrhoids is advised not to consume aloe as it could make the condition worse.
  7. Kidney failure and other serious conditions have been linked to consuming high doses of aloe.

How I use my aloe

There are a variety of aloe products on the market.  I am fortunate to have a plant so I use fresh aloe when possible.  I have the Aloe vera species which I use on my skin as a cleanser and sometimes as part of a facial scrub mixed with a little sugar from time to time.

I also use it as a detox by adding a small amount of aloe gel into a large jug of water.  I drink the water daily for about 1 week then stop.  The taste of aloe will take some getting used to but I think the possible benefits outweigh the taste.  Thus far, I have no complaints.

Please note, that not all aloe species are edible and are just really good low maintenance plants that you could use to decorate your living space.  Aloe vera or Barbadensis-miller is well established as the best Aloe species, for both topical and internal consumption.  So be sure to identify what you have or research what you’re buying before attempting to use it.

Click on this link to learn about 13 other species of aloe and their benefits.

Always do your research.  Always consult your health care providers about any complementary or integrative health approaches you use or wish to use.

Thanks for stopping by. 🙂  Have a great weekend!

Sources:

  • http://happyandraw.com/top-12-benefits-of-aloe-vera/
  • http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-607-aloe.aspx?activeingredientid=607
  • http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/03/09/what-aloe-vera-does-in-your-body-why-egyptians-called-it-the-plant-of-immortality/
  • http://succulent-plant.com/families/aloaceae.html
  • https://aloe1.com/what-is-the-best-aloe/

 

People Change

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People change and that’s inevitable

Because no one stays the same

Causing relationships to get a little strange

Sometimes it’s for the better

Sometimes for the worse

This of course can hurt us the most

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As love and friendship can sometimes become a stranger

Well intended communication can turn a disaster

As distance becomes the new comfort zone

Because no one wants to pick up the phone

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Silence and avoidance now the common preference

In an effort to make my heart sore

You used your words to pierce my core

So now our time shared is no more

Maybe it’s me, maybe it’s you

Maybe all of it is true

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Positive change is great; making you want to celebrate

But negative change can really make you sad

In times like that, you can only speak your mind

And hope that in time, betterment they will find

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I’ve learnt that change is necessary

Although difficult to accept at times

It can bring with it growth and wisdom

Even freedom and salvation.

 

 

By: Cherylene Nicholas

 

 

 

What motherhood means to me

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Motherhood can start from as early as the womb.  From the moment you conceive and start taking the necessary steps to care for your unborn child the journey begins and continues long after they are born.

Motherhood is more than just giving birth to a child.  It is a responsibility that you often accept without knowing the full details of what is required and you do it anyway.  It is a promise that you will do all you can to ensure the well-being of your baby.

However, there are a lot of women out there who did not give birth to the children they are caring for.  Some of these women treat the children in their care with so much love and affection that they deserve recognition and appreciation for all that they do.  Whether the kids are through marriage, adoption or through mentoring – I want to tell you all a heart-felt thank you!

The world is a better place with people like you in it.  My sister has no kids at this time but the way she treats my kids you would never know that.  She is truly a beautiful person and I believe one day she would make a great mom. I want to thank her for all she does. I consider her a second mother to my kids.  I know she has their best interest at heart and that  means so much to me. We’re truly blessed to have her apart of our lives.

Those of you who aren’t mothers yet I won’t lie to you motherhood has its difficult moments but there are also the rewarding and happy moments too.  No one has all the answers and many of us learn as we go as well as through the guidance of the more experienced mothers around us.

Motherhood should be cherished and never taken for granted.   Being a mother has given me some lessons in patience, understanding, selflessness, sacrifice, unconditional love, forgiveness, responsibility and the importance of family.  It has also shown me how strong I am emotionally, spiritually and physically.

To all the mothers out there I want to urge you to keep supporting, protecting and working with your children. Don’t give up on them, love them and pray for them.

May God give us the strength, patience and wisdom to execute our responsibilities in a way that is pleasing to him.  May our children take comfort in knowing that we are always here for them.

Stay strong and blessed.  Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

Reflections

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When you look into the mirror

Beyond your smile and the blank stare in your eyes

Are you someone who is happy?

Or someone who is pretending to be?

Your face sometimes depicting an image

That is so far from your reality

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As the tug of war on your emotions, play out mentally

Often conflicting, with who you are meant to be

Denial you accept, almost peacefully

Now don’t get cross with me

For merely questioning a possibility

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I am in no way suggesting

That you walk around manifesting,

Everything you’re feeling

I’m was just simply asking

How you treat with what you’re truly thinking and feeling?

Because pretending and masquerading

Will only hinder your healing

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Your happiness is important!

Don’t label it insignificant,

Make it your business!

To chip away at any bitterness,

One day at a time,

So your happiness can truly shine.

 

 

By: Cherylene Nicholas

 

Thanks for stopping by.  🙂

 

 

Versatile Blogger Award #2

I would love to thank the lovely Mbalenhle for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award.    If you are not familiar with her blog Budding Regardless be sure to check it out.  She speaks her mind on different topics which I find at times to be refreshing and inspirational.

Rules of the Versatile Blogger Award:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and share their link.
  2. Nominate at least 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs. Also, inform them about the nomination.
  3. Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers may not know.

7 Facts About Me

  1. I don’t like to eat eggs.  I would easily put it in my hair as part of a hair treatment or on my skin as part of a facial mask but for some reason to eat it freaks me out.  I know they are good for me but I would have to add a tomato, an onions and some sausage before I could eat them.
  2. I know a lot of people but I have few friends.
  3. I give my best in everything I do.
  4. I’m not a good swimmer but I like being in the water. 🙂
  5. I have no problems working hard for what I want.
  6. I accept that I am not perfect.  However, this does not discourage me from striving for betterment.
  7. Motherhood has changed my life in many ways and I have no regrets for the two blessings I have received.  🙂

My nominees for this award are:

  1. hailangeliccreation
  2. Roda
  3. Sar
  4. Breaking the Cycle
  5. Bafikile
  6. Ajay Vyas
  7. Elsie L.M.C
  8. Estella Lynch
  9. byluis7
  10. DaviD JosE