Did you know that your favorite potted plant, Aloe Vera, can be used for much more than sunburn relief and household décor? Aloe Vera gel is the utmost solution for many of your external and internal worries. Skin, hair and health, it can cover all these areas amongst many more, when it comes to being therapeutic.
The origin of this burn plant is believed to be in Sudan and it has been used for more than 6,000 years. We can surely rely on something our ancestors tried and tested for us. It is known for its healing properties and has long been used as herbal medicine.
Its benefits are typically obtained by breaking off a stalk to extract the gel-like substance within. It is then either applied topically to the skin and hair or ingested.
What are the benefits of Aloe Vera for the skin?
Aloe Vera can be applied to your skin twice a day. However, moderation is the key, you may remember this. Applying too much of something on the skin/hair can have adverse effects.
One time in the morning and another time at night, the gel will soothe your skin beautifully.
Benefits of Aloe Vera for your skin can be the following.
- Skin whitening
- Degreasing oily skin
- Curing pimples
- Moisturising the dry skin
- Reducing wrinkles
- Soothing the irritated skin, calming sunburn
You can also make a moisturizing overnight face mask: Simply take a piece of aloe vera, take out the gel and apply it directly on the dry areas of skin. Leave it on overnight and wash face thoroughly in the morning.
Aloe vera or aloe vera-based products can be used in the winter as well as in the summer. People of all skin types can use it.
It is full of skin loving minerals and it’s really a skin-food for your skin.
What are the benefits of Aloe Vera for hair?
Aloe Vera is an excellent natural hair moisturizer and conditioner. It can reduce flaky, itchy scalp and reduce dandruff. It also helps reduce sebum, or oil, on the scalp.
It contains proteolytic enzymes that repairs dead skin cells on the scalp making your hair naturally healthy and shiny in the process.
Apply Aloe Vera as a serum two to three times per week: Gently massage the gel directly into the scalp to boost circulation and stimulate hair follicles for better absorption. Let it sit for an hour, then use a mild shampoo to wash out.
The tons of vitamins and minerals present in Aloe Vera will make your hair thick and full of volume. You can also mix it with olive oil for amazing results. Aloe Vera can be used as a rinse for oily hair without additional, unwanted effects like making hair dry or brittle. The rinse is easy.
Medical uses: What are the benefits of Aloe Vera for health?
It is not just the beauty industry that’s obsessing over the benefits of Aloe Vera, the health industry can’t stop raving about it either.
- According to Britt Brandon, the author of The Everything Guide to Aloe Vera for Health, “Aloe vera can improve the effectiveness of your diet and maximise your weight loss potential. With ample amounts of vitamins and minerals that contribute to weight-loss, as well as amino acids, enzymes and sterols, aloe vera ensures your diet is not only supportive of weight loss, but also improves the body’s absorption and utilisation, improving overall health as well as weight loss success.”
- In tooth gels it is as effective as toothpaste in fighting cavities.
- Its juice is an excellent way to keep your liver healthy. That’s because the liver functions best when the body is adequately nourished and hydrated. Aloe Vera juice is ideal for the liver because it’s hydrating and rich in phytonutrients.
- It also contains several enzymes known to help in the breakdown of sugars and fats and to keep your digestion running smoothly.
- People who are frequently constipated should speak to a doctor about appropriate laxatives for long-term use. However, Aloe Vera can also act like a natural laxative.
- The hormones called auxins and gibberellins are present in Aloe Vera, they help with healing wounds and have anti-inflammatory properties.
Different types of Aloe Vera
These different types of Aloe Vera will come to your rescue at any given beauty emergency.
- Aloe Barbadensis Miller. It is the most common aloe vera species.
- Aloe Arborescens. Also known as: candelabra aloe, candelabra, arborescent aloe or octopus plant.
- Aloe Saponaria. It is known as real pita or aloe maculata.
The best way to enjoy the perks of Aloe Vera, without the fear of added chemicals, is to grow it in your own kitchen garden or balcony.
It takes very little to look after an aloe vera plant, but the benefits you get in return are many. Be it the juice or the gel, it is no doubt a miracle plant.