Ayurveda is the science and understanding of life, according to traditional Indian medicine. It is one of India's oldest medical systems, with roots stretching back over 5000 years. As adequate understanding surrounding the true nature of Ayurveda has been unavailable for generations, people have formed their own opinions and created false beliefs, leading to a lack of faith in the efficacy of Ayurvedic treatment.
Thus, there is a dire need to inform and educate the masses about some of the most important benefits of Ayurveda, and particularly Aloe Vera, for tackling their daily life problems.
Aloe Vera has successfully established itself as one of the most widely used plants in herbal cosmetics and medicines. There is a mention of the Aloe plant in the Rig Veda, the oldest text of natural medicine, dating back from BCE 4,500 to BCE 1,600. Most of the herbs mentioned in this book are said to be penned down by Dhanwantri, the God of Ayurveda, circa BCE 5,000.
Aloe Vera is a plant that is used in naturopathic and ayurvedic medicinal practices widely. Studies suggest that around the year 375 BC, Aloe Vera plants became popular in India. Papyrus Ebers, an Egyptian record written around BCE 1,550, contains extensive information regarding the medical benefits of Aloe Vera. This book includes nearly 12 recipes, pairing Aloe Vera with other ingredients to treat skin and internal ailments.
Aloe Vera's application for liver problems, digestive system, and reproductive health are written in the compilation. Some of the ways to consume or apply it are in the form of creams, gels, lotions, shower gels, or simply its juice.
Aloe vera is a revitalizing herb that belongs to the Rasayana family of Ayurvedic medicines. Rasayana herbs are anti-aging, immune system-building, and healing herbs that help preserve the body from the natural wear and tear caused by daily stress. Aloe Vera is the best herb for people to befriend throughout their lives because of its tremendous capacity to boost natural beauty, hygiene, and digestion.
Aloe Vera in Ayurveda
Aloe Vera is known as 'Grita Kumari' in Sanskrit, which translates to "a lovely young girl" in English. It has been an integral part of Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years and is well known for its anti-aging properties.
This medicinal plant is classified as a sattvic food in Ayurvedic medicine, which means it can be used as a part of a sattvic diet by those who follow spiritual practices and seek to improve their lives. The Vedas stated that the plant gave women youth and had a regenerative effect on females. Aloe Vera has four of the six Ayurvedic flavors: bitter, stiff, spicy, and sweet, according to traditional holistic medicine. It is one of the few plants with a distinctly bitter flavor. Aloe juice balances all three doshas; however, it has a stronger influence on the Pitta dosha.
Benefits of Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera's high enzyme content, as well as the anti-inflammatory action of several of its ingredients, make it ideal for those who have digestive issues. It helps in the better functioning of the digestive system, kidneys, liver, and gallbladder. The plant's capillary expansion property enhances blood flow and speeds up skin repair. Because of its antiviral qualities, Aloe Vera also promotes diabetic wounds that usually take a long time to heal.
Aloe Vera has purgative or laxative characteristics, making it highly beneficial for those who suffer from constipation by helping with better bowel movements. While most purgative drugs are hot, Aloe Vera has a cooling property which makes it useful especially for people who suffer from painful, burning hemorrhoids. On the other hand, to provide comfort, fresh Aloe Vera pulp can be applied externally to hemorrhoids for 30 to 60 minutes.
Treating Heat-Induced Afflictions
Aloe Vera's cooling properties make it an effective treatment for healing all types of burns, including those caused by the sun, by unintentional contact with hot stoves or furnaces, or those caused by the skin becoming overheated from within. If one suffers from heat-induced headaches, applying aloe vera gel to the head can surely help and provide relief.
Depending on how one uses it, Aloe Vera can also deeply hydrate the hair, skin, and entire body when applied externally.
Aloe Vera can treat fresh stretch marks, sores, blisters, bleeding wounds, bacterial infections, dermatitis, and insect bites. According to ancient Ayurvedic literature, Aloe Vera contains blood-purifying and toxin-releasing elements and works as an anti-wrinkle agent. Recent studies have also confirmed its antibacterial and antiviral qualities—Aloe Vera's antibacterial and antifungal qualities aid healing by increasing blood flow to the damaged area.
Furthermore, the plant stimulates wound-healing skin cells and promotes collagen creation—a protein that slows down the aging process.
Menstrual Cycle Pain Relief
Drinking Aloe Vera gel with coconut sugar or jaggery on your periods can relieve excessive bleeding and pain. Specific Aloe Vera dietary recommendations, accompanied by lifestyle changes, can be of great help for those who have irregular menstrual periods. Aloe Vera gel's cooling properties also make it ideal for ladies suffering from hot flashes during menopause.
Breast Pain Relief, Ovulation, Fertility, and Libido Enhancer
In ancient Ayurvedic scriptures, Aloe Vera gel has fertility-enhancing and aphrodisiac properties, especially when consumed as candy or in gel form. Its gel can be immediately administered to the breasts to provide relief. The discomfort of the breasts during the menstrual cycle can also be relieved with Aloe Vera.
Men can use Aloe Vera to normalize sexual functions, despite the popular perception of a female herb. Aloe Vera can treat practically all female reproductive system ailments, from irregular menstrual cycles to coping with menopause issues.
Boosts the Immune System's Defenses
Aloe Vera is an excellent immunity booster for people with chronic immunological disorders, like polysaccharides or fibromyalgia. Aloe Vera is an excellent detoxifier and nutritional supplement for patients before and after surgeries. It relieves constipation, treats inflammatory bowel disorders, duodenal ulcers, and maintains a healthy pH in the stomach. It also boosts virus-fighting macrophages and white blood cells. Thus, Aloe Vera also helps to boost the immune system.
Hydrates Scalp and Strengthens Hair
Aloe Vera is used in Ayurveda to nourish hair and treat itchy scalp because it strengthens the hair and hydrates the scalp by supplying the necessary vitamins and minerals. Aloe Vera can help with dandruff because of its antibacterial and antifungal qualities. Furthermore, the enzymes in Aloe gel help remove dead cells from the scalp and aids in the speedy regeneration of skin tissue around the hair follicles.
Reduces Cholesterol Levels and Improves Cardiac Function
Aloe Vera juice is beneficial for cardiovascular difficulties, blood vessel problems, and other issues related to Pitta dosha imbalance. It is used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat hypertension, hypotension, anemia, and other ailments. Cholesterol is a silent killer that clogs arteries and hinders blood circulation. High cholesterol can be caused due to numerous factors, including poor nutrition, immobility, and hereditary susceptibility. Aloe Vera can be consumed as a juice as it lowers triglycerides and cholesterol levels in the blood.
Aloe Vera Plant Cultivation
Botanists believe that the Aloe Vera plant stemmed in warm climates and thrived primarily in tropical and sub-tropical areas. Africa is home to one of the most diverse populations of Aloe Vera plants on the planet. When the plant spread to other parts of the world, it thrived at any temperature due to its versatility, as long as a reasonably warm habitat was maintained. This is one of the reasons why Aloe Vera thrives in greenhouses.
To experience the best benefits of Aloe Vera, grow it in your garden! It is one of the world's most popular Aloe species, yet it can sometimes be difficult to grow. Choose a shallow, broad bowl when placing your plant in a pot, so the roots have room to move and expand as they grow. Around the plant base, fresh seeds will sprout, which you can harvest and plant in a new pot. Aloe Vera is a drought-tolerant plant that thrives in hot, dry environments. It's a succulent plant that doesn't require daily watering. If you keep the plant outside, make sure it is protected from the rain. A good Aloe Vera plant needs plenty of sunlight, so place it outside in a sunny setting or on a windowsill inside.
This rich combination of nutrients in Aloe Vera has a stimulating effect. All the various elements balance and complement one another, making them more potent than any independent units. As a result, extracts of this unique herb can be found in various Ayurvedic medicines and remedies. Numerous studies are being conducted to validate the efficacy of Aloe Vera, which the Ayurvedic tradition has long acknowledged.
The benefits mentioned above of Aloe Vera in Ayurveda deserve due recognition in the society. The use of the plant should be promoted to extend its benefits to the masses.
Authored By: Bhavishya Pahwa
About the Author : Bhavishya Pahwa is a budding writer who has always confided in a pen. He believes that art is a cure-all and that introspection followed by writing can add to the sanity of the world.