5 Uses Of Aloe Vera

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Aloe vera is a wonderful medicinal plant. It has been used in Ayurveda, Egypt and China for thousands of years. Aloe vera is loaded with antibacterial and antiviral properties. However, it has so many uses and it can be found very easily as well. But not many are aware of its health-boosting benefits. 

infographic of Aloe vera uses

For topical skin conditions, Aloe vera is perhaps one of the most commonly used herbal remedies. This is because it is understood that the gel-like components of the plant cure the skin of a number of minor ailments. Actually, in the past, you may also have used aloe for sunburn, minor burns, or slight abrasions.

You may be wondering if it is safe for your face to use, considering its healing powers. The response, generally speaking, is yes. Aloe vera may help with a number of ailments that can damage the skin when used correctly.

The leaves contain a gooey transparent gel, which is also incredibly bitter and is known for its amazing healing properties all over the world. Around 96 per cent of this transparent gel consists of water, some organic and inorganic compounds, a form of protein containing 18 of the 20 amino acids present in the body and, lastly, vitamins A, B, C and E.

Here are the top five amazing uses of aloe vera you should know:

 

1. Skin Care 

The most common use of aloe vera is for skincare. Since it is high in water, aloe vera hydrates the skin, cures flaky skin, and soothes skin irritation. Aloe vera plant helps to keep skin healthy. Regular usage of aloe vera improves skin glow, reduces dark circles, blemishes and pigmentation and can be bought as an Aloe Vera Serum

There are enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins A and C in Aloe Vera that can cure burns, acne, dry skin and many other skin problems. It is also particularly inflammatory. Aloe Vera is certainly good for the lips, with all these advantages. It is appropriate for all skin types, but you can also apply it to sensitive skin.

Dry skin

It quickly absorbs aloe vera gel, making it suitable for oily skin. It can help treat dry skin, however, too. After washing, consider changing your daily moisturizer for aloe to help seal your skin with moisture.

Eczema

The moisturizing effects of aloe will help relieve eczema-associated dry, itchy skin. Aloe vera gel can help to relieve seborrheic dermatitis as well. Although this oily type of eczema is most commonly present in the scalp, parts of the face and behind the ears can also be affected by it.

Psoriasis

Aloe vera can help relieve inflammation and itchiness from psoriasis, as with eczema. Apply aloe vera gel twice daily to the infected region of the skin for the best results.

Acne with inflammation

The gel can help treat inflammatory forms of acne, such as pustules and nodules, due to the anti-inflammatory effects of aloe vera. Three times a day, apply the gel with a cotton swab directly to the pimple.

aloe vera  helps acne prone skin

2. Hair Care

 Aloe vera is quite beneficial for the hair. Apply aloe vera gel directly to your scalp, wash it off with water, and then wash again with a mild shampoo after 24 hours, and all that frizz will be gone. Furthermore, the presence of vitamins and minerals in aloe vera helps promote hair growth, hydrates the scalp and keeps dandruff away. 

Calms and itchy scalp

The clinical name for the disorder we call dandruff is seborrheic dermatitis. Aloe vera can be used to relieve the effects of itchy scalps and flaking skin under your hair.

A research conducted in 1998 found that aloe vera helps resolve the inflammation of the scalp caused by dandruff. There are anti-inflammatory properties of fatty acids present in aloe plants.

Deep cleans oily hair

Aloe vera quickly cleanses the hair shaft, stripping off additional oil and residue from other hair items. But though it cleanses, aloe vera does not damage your hair strands. Aloe vera is gentle, unlike other additives in hair products, and protects the quality of your hair. A better way to get hair that looks healthier, shinier and smoother is to use aloe vera.

Strengthens and repairs hair strands

Vitamins A, C, and E are present in Aloe vera. All three of these vitamins, encouraging healthy cell growth and shiny hair, lead to cell turnover.

Often found in aloe vera gel are vitamin B12 and folic acid. Any of these elements will prevent your hair from dropping out. There is no research, however, that conclusively confirm that aloe vera has an advantage in preventing loss of hair. After sun exposure, Aloe vera is a common product that people use on their skin. This is due to its high content of collagen and its cooling properties. The vitamin content in aloe vera suggests that sun damage to your hair can also act to restore it.

May promote hair growth

You can see that hair breakage and loss slows down when your scalp has been cleansed and your hair has been conditioned with aloe vera.

There are several individuals that say that aloe vera causes hair to grow much more quickly. Yet there's no scientific evidence to prove or disprove such accusations as of now.

 

3. Soothes Burns 

Aloe Vera is also known as the "burn plant" because it helps in treating skin burns. It also reduces inflammation and improves blood circulation of the body. Plus, owing to its hydrating properties, aloe vera works as an excellent coolant and soothes the skin.

 Spread a coat of pure gel extracted from the inside of the aloe vera leaf over the burned skin to treat sunburn. You can cultivate your own aloe vera plants at home, or you can buy extracts of aloe vera in a shop or online. When it is in 100 percent aloe vera gel form and when it is kept chilled, Aloe vera is best used. Apply aloe vera to the sunburnt region a few times a day if you have a sunburn. Before applying aloe, see a doctor if you have a bad burn, also known as sun poisoning.

Reduces inflammation: Aloe has many ingredients associated with inflammation from sunburn that decreases discomfort, redness, and swelling. First, the cyclooxygenase pathway is inhibited by aloe vera, which produces an anti-inflammatory effect. The plant also contains bradykinesia, which, when applied topically, decreases inflammation.

Stimulates collagen production:

By stimulating the development of collagen, which enhances skin firmness, dryness, and elasticity, aloe may enhance the feeling and appearance of sunburn. 

Moisturizes skin: Aloe contains substances known as mucopolysaccharides, which are sugars that help the skin retain moisture. It also contains many amino acids, softening the hardened cells of the skin.

Contains salicylic acid

Salicylic acid is both an anti-inflammatory and an antiseptic, so it can relieve discomfort and avoid infection as well.

Contains vitamins: Aloe has various vitamins that are antioxidants that can neutralize free radicals to decrease sun damage, including vitamins A, C, and E.

 

4. Mouthwash 

Aloe vera kills bacteria in the mouth, thus giving you a clean breath. Not only that, but it is also proven to fight ulcers, gum infections and irritation in the mouth. You can either prepare a natural mouthwash using aloe vera or buy a ready-made aloe vera-based mouthwash. 

aloe vera mouthwash

How To Make Aloe Vera Mouthwash:

1/2 cup aloe vera juice 

1/2 cup filtered water distilled is the best

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

2 drops peppermint essential oil

1 drop tea tree essential oil

Instructions

  1. In a bottle add all the ingredients.
  2. Seal the bottle and shake to combine the ingredients. The baking soda should dissolve after just a few shakes.
  3. I recommend storing this mouthwash in the fridge for long-term use due to the aloe juice which needs to be refrigerated. 

To Use:

Gently shake the bottle and pour a small amount of mouthwash into a cup. Swish the mouthwash in your mouth for several seconds, then spit it out. As with any mouthwash, don't swallow. I don't recommend ingesting essential oils, no matter which brand you choose to use.

 

5. Laxative 

Aloe vera serves as a natural laxative as well. People who frequently suffer from constipation should attempt to digest and relieve constipation with aloe vera juice. However, you must see a doctor for treatment if you encounter constipation and other stomach disorders for longer durations.

Aloe vera juice can be used as a natural laxative by people who suffer intermittent constipation.

Compounds called anthraquinones to contain the outer portion of the plant, and these have a laxative effect.

If an individual is trying aloe vera juice for the first time, they may want a small serving to begin with. Usually, one serving is 1 cup or 8 ounces (oz) of juice.

People who regularly have constipation should talk to a doctor about suitable long-term laxatives.


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