The aloe vera plant has long been revered around the world for its healing benefits. It is also known as the “plant of immortality” as well as the “wand of heaven”. Out of the nearly 200 compounds within the aloe plant, 75 have healing properties. The plant also boasts minerals including calcium, sodium, iron, potassium, chromium, magnesium, manganese, copper, and zinc as well as Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E, Folic Acid and Niacin. Aloe vera juice is made up of long-chain sugars called polysaccharides. These are a vital energy source that must be consumed, as they are not produced within the body after the age of 10. Polysaccharides strengthen the immune system, lubricate joints, and line the inside of the colon. Aloe has a particularly high concentration of acemannan, a polysaccharide responsible for inhibiting the spread of viruses within the body.
Sore throats are often of a symptom of a virus or allergy. Regular intake of aloe vera can bolster the immune system to help ward off sore throats. The juice can help to cleanse and detoxify the digestive system, lowering the acidity of the gastric juices found in the stomach that are responsible for sore throats associated with digestive issues such as heartburn and acid reflux. Aloe helps to soothe irritated cells, thus reducing inflammation. An aloe gargle can greatly lessen not only the symptoms of a burning, irritated sore throat, but it can also attack the problem at its root cause by fighting off the bacteria responsible for the problem.
A sore throat is actually an inflammation of the mucous membrane of the lower pharynx. Symptoms include pain when swallowing, an uncomfortable burning sensation, or general tightness in the throat. The throat may be covered in mucous or may be very dry. Sore throats can be caused by the cold virus, acid reflux, allergies, or continual breathing through the mouth. Before turning to traditional medicine, try the healing benefits of aloe vera. Aloe vera can be consumed in many forms. Juice and gel are the most potent forms. Gargling with a form of aloe vera juice or gel two times a day will produce the most immediate relief and is completely safe and non-toxic if swallowed; in fact, it is very beneficial. Aloe lozenges will aloe provide fast relief. Aloe can also be taken as a capsule, though the desired effect of this method would be overall health and immunity rather than as a sore throat remedy.
To further aid in abating a sore throat, continually coat the throat tissue with warm liquids. Drink as much fluid as possible. Keeping the throat well-lubricated can help to prevent it from becoming dry, scratchy, and irritated. In addition to gargling with aloe vera, frequently drink hot beverages, such as broth and hot tea.
When purchasing aloe vera product, check the label to ensure that it is at least 95% whole leaf. Watch out for added sweeteners and thickening agents such as xanthum gum. If aloe does not constitute at least 80% of the ingredients listed, there are more additives than aloe vera, and it would be wise to steer clear of that particular product. There is an abundance of aloe vera containing products to be found online or in health food stores. Research various brands and look for plants that are organically grown. Check out my article on sore throat recipes for more info!
In addition to being an excellent sore throat remedy, aloe vera makes an fantastic mouthwash and gargle due to its six antiseptic agents, which include lupeol, salicylic acid, urea nitrogen, cinnamic acid, phenol, and sulfur. Aloe effectively kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi that may reside in the mouth. It has been shown aid with periodontal issues including helping to regenerate receding gums. Aloe is especially useful for people with any type of tooth sensitivity, as it contains no abrasive materials or harsh chemicals.
Here is a recipe for a homemade aloe vera mouthwash or gargle:
1/4 cup witch hazel extract
1/4 cup aloe vera gel
1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
1 tablespoon lemon juice or organic apple cider vinegar
10 drops tea tree oil
Combine all ingredients and shake well. Keep the mouthwash in a sealed container. This rinse will keep up to four months and does not need to be refrigerated. Check out the article on halitosis for more recipes. There are countless benefits to adding aloe vera as a regular part of any health and wellness regimen. It is a natural and versatile plant with no side effects. When consumed on a regular basis, it greatly increases overall energy and health while detoxifying the body of harmful substances.